Here’s fair warning for you. After more than two decades of reporting on and collating the history of the British motor industry through the prism of British Leyland, it’s time to wind down AROnline. It’s been a fabulous experience putting this site together and building an invaluable archive – as well as putting right many urban myths about British Leyland along the way – but it’s time to move on.
Time and financial pressures have come to bear and, although we carry advertising to cover the cost of hosting the site, I don’t believe it’s of the quality you as readers deserve. And as such, I will be dropping these at the end of the month, but won’t be able to run the site at a loss. All the information on the site, and the authors’ original content copyright will revert to them.
I think the final straw that broke the camel’s back was a recent claim for copyright payments on a couple of images that were used in error on the site in the past. Hands up, I accept responsibility for this. It’s not the first time this has happened, and I’ve honoured these payments over time because I believe in creators being rewarded for their work – and we shouldn’t be in a situation where we operate like the Wild West when words and images can be shared with impunity. That’s what Facebook is for…
But it’s a stress I can do without in my life, especially as the site isn’t here to make a huge profit for anyone. In addition, my time is precious, I’m getting older, and I’m just not sure I have the energy to carry on feeding the monster forever and ever. And besides, there is so much material here that it’s highly unlikely it won’t be used elsewhere or disappear into the ether never to be seen again.
Anyway… The plan is to cease updates on the site from the end of November and do a content freeze from that point on before it’s closed at the beginning of 2024. It’s been quite a ride, and I imagine it’ll be a huge wrench moving on, and I am eternally grateful to everyone who has contributed to AROnline in the past, from the Designers and Engineers who retold their stories, to you the readers who have enjoyed the content and encouraged me to build this amazing resource over the years.
There’s lots to do before the end, though, and I’m sure there’s still some amazing stuff to root out of the archives for you to enjoy between now and then.
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