IT’S FUNNY HOW the passage of time manages to put real context on current events. A few days back, I suggested on my Twitter feed and Facebook page that I’d like to write a piece for AROnline about who were the true heroes and villains of the long and involved history of BMC>MG.
It’s a subject that a lot of people will have very strong opions on, but is there any way that the good and bad charaters can be categorized? The answer, of course, is no. And that’s interesting because, when I thought of doing this, I was going to break it down into a nice web friendly list layout and invite comments accordingly.
However, as the depth of the subject truly manifested itself, I realised – finally – that I was going to have to write something longer and much more involved. In truth, there’s enough material in this one subject to fill (a thick) book.
Interestingly, when I started this odyssey known as AROnline, I was in the throes of completing a (never to be published) book on the subject. It was called Last Chance Saloon and charted the history of BMC, Leyland and Rover from 1952 to the immediate aftermath of the Phoenix Four takeover in 2000. It’s interesting that, in the chapter headed ‘Heroes and Villains’, I’d concluded that the real villain of the piece was Westminster. I still blame the UK Government for all of its ridculous policy-making regarding the British car industry, nearly a decade on.
Ironically, the chapter also included a certain John Towers – under ‘Heroes’. The passage of time, truly does take chaos and make order out of it.
[P.S. I’ll upload the piece when it’s completed]
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.