Regular followers of my ramblings on social media will know that, as of 23 June, I start a new job. It’s one of those ones that represents a bit of a step-change in my career and will definitely occupy a huge amount of my time – certainly more than my previous stints at Practical Classics, Octane and Honestjohn.co.uk.
That’s why, as of 20 June, I’ll be hanging up my faded AROnline keyfob to hand it over to someone who’ll be able to continue running the site that I created back in 2001, and to which so many people have contributed to enormously over the years – in fact, without them and you, this website would not have ended up being the huge success it’s been.
AROnline may not, in terms of raw numbers, be one of the bigger car websites out there, but its influence and respect within the industry is immeasurable. I like to think that, in its own small way, AROnline has changed the world – if, for no other reason, than people in the mainstream media are getting less things wrong when recounting the history of British Leyland and its constituent companies.
More importantly, though, I’ve made so many friends for life through the website and enjoyed some incredible adventures, that I wouldn’t even know where to begin in recounting them. You know who you are.
However, for all of that, and all of the hard work along the way, it’s been great fun – even when debating the finer points of MINIs and MGs with the wider community – as well as defending the Allegro and Marina, and explaining that they really are great classic cars, to those who really don’t understand them.
The site will continue – of course it will – and will grow from strength to strength, but I’ll always be truly proud of what we’ve all achieved together.
I’ll be on hand to ensure a smooth handover in the coming days – so, if you have any requests, get them in quick.
It’s been emotional!