You know when you’re getting old when it feels like the gaps between Christmases get increasingly short. But I guess, in the case of the AROnline seasonal message, it’s probably because I’ve only been back in change of the site since August, and it all still feels new and (relatively) fresh. So, yes, it’s that time of year again, and we both look forward to a nice rest in the coming days and pause to reflect on the year we’ve just been through.
For AROnline, it’s been a good one. Craig Cheetham continued to look after the ship in his most capable and imitable way, while I found my feet editing Classic Car Weekly and launched the brand new magazine, Modern Classics. His Sheepskin Coates approach to AROnline was a breath of fresh air, and not just because here was someone who bought and sold more cars than me – and almost stuck exclusively to Brit stuff that he can write about here, as opposed to the weird French stuff I buy.
As well as Craig, we’ve had lots of help along the way – so when I came back in August (with the handover at the BMC/BL Rally and Spares Day in Peterborough – where else?) there was lots of fresh and exciting stories being uploaded on an alarmingly regular basis. Capable hands on the pump included my number two, and raconteur extraordinaire, Mike Humble, who continued to amuse, entertain and educate in his brilliant stories on the site.
Other people who make AROnline possible include Alexander Boucke, Ian Nicholls, Andrew Elphick, David Morgan and Steven Ward – without them we’d not have such a rich and wide set of articles to read. And, of course, as always, you guys for coming back and interacting with us (despite the distractions of Facebook, Twitter et al)… as without your interaction, feedback and continued reading, AROnline would be far weaker than it is!
I’ll be taking a few days’ rest from Christmas Eve, so the updates might slow down between then and New Year (I always say that, but end up not being able to stay away!), but rest assured, everyone involved with AROnline will be working double-hard to maintain the site’s position as one of the best car sites on the Interweb. In the meantime, in the next few days, I’ll be running some Best of… articles to keep you entertained during the festivities.
Once again, thank you for making this a brilliant year and giving your unstinting support. It’s been truly astonishing. And that leaves me simply to say – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the break, and here’s to a peacful 2016.