Happy New Year! And welcome to 2021. Well, we made it through and, although it’s been bumpy, the world kept spinning, the lights stayed on and British car factories continued to churn out British cars. I hope that everyone in the AROnline community saw in the New Year in a style commensurate with current events – thoughtful about the past and potentially optimistic for the future. We all have to be, really.
As always I’ve made a few of my own New Year’s resolutions, although I have no idea why I continue to do so, as it seems I never manage to stick to them. Last year’s ambition to own a CityRover came to nought as I seem to have developed a bit of a thing for small, unremarkable Audis (not my words, but the words of famed car designer Steve Harper). At the beginning of 2020, I opined that I should buy fewer cars, and it did look good until about September, when in the end I had a bit of a splurge, which included a Jaguar X350, Ford Focus ST170, Renault Megane Scenic, Audi A3 and an Audi 80 CD. A British car will be joining the action, soon…
New Year’s resolutions? You break them. Well, I do anyway.
As far as AROnline is concerned, I continue to update the site, and can’t see a reason to stop. It’s celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, which is good. I really, really hope that, when I celebrate it in the autumn, I’ll be able to meet some of you… I’m hoping we can gather at the British Motor Museum.
Finally, let’s do what we do best, and remember the anniversaries that are coming up in 2020. Most amazingly, it will be 50 years since the launch of the Morris Marina and 20 years since the BMW-financed MINI (R50) went on sale.
The big ones for 2021 will be
- 60 years for the Jaguar E-type, MkX, Hillman Super Minx/Singer Vogue, Mini Cooper and MG Midget/Austin-Healey Sprite MkII
- Also it’s the 60th anniversary of the Triumph TR4, Vauxhall Victor FB, Wolseley 6/110 and Wolseley 16/60
- 50 years for the Alfa Romeo Alfasud, Morris Marina and TVR M Series
- 40 years for the DeLorean DMC-12, Talbot Samba and Triumph Acclaim
- 30 years for the TVR Griffith
- 25 years for the Jaguar XK8 (X100), TVR Cerbera and Lotus Elise
- 20 years for the Jaguar X-Type, Range Rover (L322), MG Zed cars and MINI (R50)
- 10 years for the Range Rover Evoque and MG6
So, there’s much to discuss in 2021. The anniversaries will be fun, but there will be so much more, too. I’m also hoping that 2021 will finally see the fruition of AROnline’s next print project – and, hopefully, Mike Humble and I will be on video, with our first YouTube project, too!
Happy New Year, and good riddance 2020!