Saturday, September 18, 2021

Steve Cropley: Choosing between an Alpine A110 or Porsche 718

Some interesting lessons from this, though: there are too few safe pull-off areas beside our country’s roads; ordinary alloy wheels weigh a ton; and tyre specialists never have the tyre you really need. Luckily, the pleasure of driving is as great as ever.


Despite all, many of us recall the tortured years of British Leyland, Austin Rover and Rover Group with abiding fondness – and with a heightened awareness of their multifarious achievements – because of the efforts of one man, a fellow hack called Keith Adams. Twenty years ago, he started an extraordinary website that has turned into AR Online, the world’s best and most detailed resource on the people and cars that made these companies. Better still, it’s a place where their sense of community can be experienced again. On 19 September, Keith, colleagues and a couple of ex-Rover communications specialists (Denis Chick and Kevin Jones) will gather to remember those days and the beginnings of a world-famous enterprise. Find full details at

And another thing…

Cheerio to the 16-plate Smart Fortwo in which various family members have managed only 9000 miles in six years. It was famously manoeuvrable, but as modern standards have advanced, the ride simply became ridiculously uncomfortable. A replacement beckons…


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