About Us

Mike Humble: Site creator and Editor…


I’ve worked in and around the motor trade since 1988 and gained valuable experience in almost every dealers department. A former technician and vehicle salesperson, the strings to my bow include both LGV & PSV licenses. Never shy of getting dirty, you’ll often find me elbow deep under the bonnet of an old Rover or something similar. I occasionally write for a number of car and commercial related titles and have recently joined the Parkers long term test team. Hailing from the North East, I now reside in leafy Sussex.

John Armitage: Contributor



John and I go back over thirty five years to the days when he was a young salesman at a local Citroen dealership In County Durham. Since then, John has forged a path in car and commercial sales that reached the heights of National Sales Director for a known commercial vehicle manufacturer. John now runs a couple of successful businesses and works alongside other small enterprises assisting them with sales and marketing coaching.



Dr Tom Karen: Special Contributor


Tom Karen is one of the UK’s best known designers and stylists. Former Managing Director and Chief Designer of the World renown OGLE company, Tom and his team were responsible from designing things as small as children’s toys and bikes – notably the Raleigh Chopper, through to legendary cars such as the Reliant Scimitar GT/E and the Bond Bug. His work has also been commissioned by LDV and Seddon Atkinson Trucks. But by far Toms biggest and most involving project ever was being asked to design a range of cabs for Leyland Vehicles – the end result being the successful T45 range. Tom is now semi-retired and lives in Cambridgeshire.


  1. Great blog! I just got started in automotive reviews, so it is always a pleasure to see other similar blogs! Your reviews are interesting and informative! Keep up the good work! Oh, if you ever want to look at reviews of American cars, feel free to check out my blog 🙂

      • Hi Mike,
        Are you still occasionally working on Rover 75 models? I’m considering purchasing a 75 1.8T which has it’s engine light on and a misfire. Hoping it might be something as simple as an incorrect plug gap.Chance would be a fine thing!
        Vendor reckons head gasket ok.

      • Points to check…

        Plugs / leads / coil packs

        Best bet is to buy a cheap OBD scanner reader and download the fault code. BUT BEWARE… It may be caused a water leak from the inlet manifold or cylinder head.

  2. BSD

    Hi Mike,how are you?

    I see that for some reason the reply i sent last night dod not arrive it’s destination…

    Aniway,i am glad to see that you have a website of your own!

    I surfed it and i really enjoy what i see!

    Well done!!!

    Ragarding the bus section,allow me to ask you again to write about the Leyland Royal Tiger that was assembled in Israel (RT1&RT2 versions).

    Were they for export only,or were they also assembled in the UK for local use?

    Finally-referring to “Tiger tiger in the night,there’s a problem with your lights” blog in Aronline,may i ask how do you know what is bar-mitzvah?…

    Have a nice day and all the best!!!


  3. Another year gors by…. And no sign of Dr Tom.
    Is he still with us. Or has he gone to that great car dealership in the sky?

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