We hinted in our post last week that we were bringing you a number of enhancements to the site over the coming weeks. Great news, the first enhancement is here, and we’ve termed it “Login 2.0”!
Everyone has a million passwords these days and remembering them… “Which one did I set up for…”. Never fear, we’ve made remembering your ado16.info password easier. You can now link and login with your Social Media account.
Don’t want to link your Social Media account to ado16.info? No problem, you can continue using your usual ado16.info credentials! Oh, and we should probably add – we’ve made that better too. Can’t login, but sure you’re entering the correct password? Check it! Simply press the “eye” icon at the end of the password field – and your password will be revealed! Another helpful feature, from a helpful club 🙂
Whilst adding the additional functionality we’ve also overhauled the login page – and we think it looks rather smart!
It’s been 11 years since our forum graced the Internet – and boy have they weathered the storm! Forums came and went, but we still remained! There have been several “rebrands” times, the odd unexpected outage – and have arguably outlived the “MySpace” hype.
We’ve been accessed via dial up, ADSL, and now super fast Broadband. Things have really been happening around us… and that’s just the problem!
The way we interact has moved on, and we’ve seen forum traffic dwindle, more so than ever in 2018. Facebook allows users to connect almost instantly and get answers in real-time! What’s more, most of our forum users are already enjoying interacting with Facebook. That means the tumbleweed is quite literally rolling across the forum boards.
Coupled with falling visitor numbers, our forum boards use legacy software. This means, the platform we use in no longer in development. Transferring over to a new forum and taking everything with us is not a straightforward process. It would require significant investment, which is something we cannot commit to.
We’ve, therefore, taken the decision that it’s time to retire our forums, but don’t worry it won’t be straight away! We’ve disabled new registrations and posting to the forum, but if you’re already a member you can view the archives. The team are already pulling together the really useful posts, with a view to include them on the website.
We’re working on many new exciting features to add the ado16.info community. These will be ready to share very soon!
ado16.info is pleased to announce the lineup for our upcoming stand at the NEC!
The ADO16 was launched in 1962 with a design built to last; setting new standards in badge engineering whilst in South African production would continue until 1977…
Becoming the best-selling car of the whole BMC, British Leyland and even Rover combine, global sales of the ADO16 exceeded 2.5 million units after just 14-years. It would take the little sister Mini 41-years to sell 5.4 million cars.
No other car has ever been badge engineered to the same extent; initially launched as the humble Morris 1100, 2-months later saw the launch of the second incarnation with the brand which epitomises badge engineering – bring on the MG 1100.
Pininfarina styled the initial ADO16 but that other Italian styling giant Michelotti also wanted a slice of the action; the Michelotti ADO16 Apache was brought into production by Leyland South Africa continuing with the model until 1976 and never before has a South African Austin Apache been displayed at the NEC.
Representing the early incarnation and fresh from complete restoration will be Martin’s 1967, MG 1100, in fact one of the very last of the Mark I versions and possibly the youngest surviving example.
…and there is more…
Also fresh from total restoration and featured this summer by Practical Classics magazine is Ian’s South African built 1976, Austin Apache – a very rare model which indeed has never before even been displayed at a UK indoor show.
…and even more…
Although we can only squeeze 2-cars onto the actual ADO16 Club stand we do have another member’s special ADO16 also fresh from restoration; demonstrating our Club and the ADO16 ethos of collaboration, whilst solving our problem of how to display three wonderful cars, we have joining the Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group stand what is perhaps the most iconic of all Panda Cars – a term incidentally first coined in the UK during the 1960’s.
Lee’s 1972, Mark III Austin 1100– ex-Police Car is also fresh from restoration – complete with a full documented history the Austin was originally ordered by the Ministry of Defence for export to the British Embassy in Vienna, Austria. Having covered less than 1,000 miles the car returned to the UK in 1975 to be pressed into service by the Metropolitan Police Force of Greater London (The Met).
With a Club Facebook Group of 1,900 and members, contacts and representatives in over 40-countries, you can join the only ADO16 club with free and paid membership levels.
In 2017 ado16.info used crowd funding to procure an ADO16 body shell and other panels. This has been used by Classic Sheetmetal Limited of Birmingham, UK with whom a very close working relationship has been established. Bespoke repair sections are now being produced and shipped to owners around the world.
One particular ADO16 body configuration was never sold in the UK but various overseas markets did receive it – the 2-door version of the Mark I saloon, available in Austin, Morris and MG guise.
ado16.info has purchased an all important entire NOS rear wing section for this model. This will enable Classic Sheetmetal to produce left or right hand side sections as might be required for repair or restoration by owners of such models.
Orders for all ADO16 panels can be placed by contacting Chris at Classic Sheetmetal:
+44 (0) 7980 00 23 65
Exclusive to paid-up members of the ado16.info club is a very generous 10 per cent discount.
Renewal reminders have been one of things we’ve received the most feedback on since we moved across to our new platform.
In the background we’ve been working with our membership software provider to come up with a simple solution.
… introducing renewal reminders!
In future you’ll receive an email 30 days before your membership is due to expire, inviting you to renew. If you don’t reply, we’ll send one further remind on your date of expiry.
Can I keep a check of my expiry date any other way?
Yes, you can also check the status of your membership at any time by logging into your account, and scrolling down to the summary box on members homepage. Visiting this page will show key information, such as your username, and membership expiry date.
We really hope that you find this change useful, and please do continue to give us the feedback!
Following our recent Facebook coverage of the Innocenti range, we have been in discussion with Mirco, the President of the Registro Storico Innocenti (the Innocenti Historical Register)…
…we are delighted to announce a new partnership between our two clubs – Mirco recognises that our two clubs have very similar aims and clearly with there being an Innocenti version of the ADO16 we have a very common interest.
“Creating links and partnering with clubs in other countries shows the how classic car scene is evolving” – David, ado16.info Chairman.
We are still in the process of transferring across to our new website platform but in time we will be expanding the Innocenti section whilst also referring Italian interest to the wonderful Registro Storico Innocenti website: http://www.registroinnocenti.org
Equally, ado16.info is looking forward to providing all manner of support to not just Italian Innocenti ADO16 owners but also the many non-Innocenti ADO16 models in Italy.
Almost half of the ado16.info club members are outside of the UK and we are very proud to be continually providing extensive support and advice, and also spare parts, not to mention enthusiasm to ADO16 owners in every continent across the whole globe.