My First Car: Blowing hot and cold about 1962 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible

Chris Manning certainly enjoyed wind-in-the-hair motoring with the first car he actually owned – a 1962 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible. Although the Minor 1000 Convertible was my first car, I had previously had the use of some of my Uncle Bill’s cars before I bought the Minor from a friend of the family who lived in Palmers Green, north London. …

Field thrown wide open for SGMW 2019 karting grand prix thriller

Betting odds – were they allowed – would be all over the place for the Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ 2019 Karting Grand Prix on Thursday, April 4 because the favourite has been scratched from the race. Team members at Ford, having notched a hat-trick of wins in recent years, need to be elsewhere for this sixth GP, leaving the …

Hyundai Kona EV winning SGMW COTY award signals ‘watt age’ is here!

Jaguar’s European Car of the Year victory with its I-Pace electric car this month simply underlined what members of the Southern Group of Motoring Writers had declared at the start of 2019 – electric power is here. SGMW members made the Hyundai Kona EV their Car of the Year in the group’s New Year Honours List 2019, compounding that powerful …

Kia gets SGMW ‘Best PR Team’ award for second time

Kia’s communications team shook off rivals to take the Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ prestigious Best PR Office 2019 award for the second year running – can they pull off a hat trick next year? The trophy is one of just seven up for grabs in the SGMW’s New Year Honours List and is awarded to the PR operation consistently …

My First Car: Alvis dream car was pure Beetleback mania for Tom!

In the latest My First Car feature, Tom Scanlan takes a trip down memory lane to tell of his first car which was a 32-year-old Alvis 12/60 Beetleback. 1961 — the year that the Jaguar E-Type stunned the world. Also new were the Triumph TR4 and the latest MG Midget. But the two-seater sports car that I, aged 17, craved …

My First Car: Peugeot 405 ‘family’ favourite that took my breath away

The latest motoring memories in our My First Car series of features see Ian Robertson racking up the miles with his love of driving and the Peugeot 405.  Right from when I saw the Peugeot 405 at London’s Motorfair 87, I badgered my dad to get one. The ‘Take my breath away’ music in the advert and fiery cornfields didn’t …