My First Car: In Polo position – Volkswagen ‘shopping car’ fuels lifelong ‘obsession’

Richard Gooding recounts how a little green Volkswagen went on to play, and inspire, a bigger part in his life than was originally scripted… Why? That’s probably what I get asked most. Why a ‘shopping car’? I’ll happily have you know that the Volkswagen Polo is more than a shopping car. Much more. It’s also the car that started my …

SGMW Karting Grand Prix thriller on so many levels

There were twists and turns on and off the track as the chequered flag closed this year’s Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ Karting Grand Prix, staged specially for motor industry PR teams and associated organisations. Gazoo Racing, pictured above with the top three teams, came first, one of three Toyota group teams determined to overthrow Ford’s dominance after the Blue …

My First Car: Fond memories of a battered Bond 875 and its sorry end

The story of  Dave Randle’s very first bought and paid-for car is swiftly told. My first wife and I were shopping in Crawley in 1971, and needed to get ourselves and our shopping back to our ten-foot caravan in Forest Row. The caravan had been delivered and sited for us, but we really needed our own transport. In someone’s driveway …

Final call for grid places at SGMW’s 2019 karting Grand Prix trhiller

Grab your driving gloves and race suits and commandeer one of the few remaining places on the starting grid, as engines rev for the sixth annual Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ Karting Grand Prix next week. For those motor industry PR departments and associated organisations that previously couldn’t join the SGMW’s fantastic charity event and now find their diary allows …