Driving on ice

Dave Randle offers some tips to avoid being voted off in wintry conditions BEFORE STARTING: Is your journey really necessary? Do you feel confident to make it? STARTING It is a legal requirement and also vitally necessary to your and your passengers’ safety that you clear all windows and lights before starting off. Make sure snow from the bonnet or …

Breakfast boost

Following the success of the Southern Group’s first Breakfast Boost meet-up at North Weald Airfield near Epping in Essex, we started our programme for 2018 with the second of what is expected to become a regular series of get-togethers. The Breakfast Boost is – literally – a movable feast intended to be held at different locations around the region in …

'Car of the Year' - Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

SGMW recognises top PR stars and cars in 2018 New Year’s Honours

The Southern Group of Motoring Writers has announced its inaugural New Year’s Honours, which saw gongs handed across the industry but in particular to Kia. The Korean brand was judged ‘Best PR Office’ and its impressive Stinger executive car was joint first in the ‘Dark Horse of the Year’ category, though overall ‘Car of the Year’ was the Alfa Romeo …

A Christmas miracle

Southern Group members and their partners had the best Christmas present imaginable when Massimo wheeled Ted Wilkinson into the packed dining room at Orsett Hall on the occasion of the groups second Christmas lunch at the Essex venue. After many months in hospital and deeply stressful times for his devoted and steadfast wife, Billie, it was inspirational to see both …

Unwelcome breaks

Is it time for motorway services to up their game? Dave Randle certainly thinks so…

The Douglas C-54 Skymaster

SGMW ‘wings it’ for breakfast

There is clearly not enough time in the week for members of the Southern Group of Motoring Writers to chat about cars and the industry, so it has launched a series of ‘Breakfast Boost’ meetings on a Sunday.

Please stay in touch with your routes…

  Southern Group members know they are a privileged bunch, taken to the best locations and hotels, wined and dined in style, invited to drive the latest cars and generally pampered by our motor industry PR colleagues. But what makes a decent launch? Steve Loader eavesdropped at the launch hotel bar…

Richard Gooding joins SGMW

Motoring writer and production editor Richard Gooding has become the latest member to join the Southern Group. Richard was acting editor of trade title GreenFleet magazine from 2015-2016 and also recently wrote his first book. Chronicling Porsche’s first mid-engined production sports car, Porsche 914: An Enthusiast’s Guide, tells the story of the joint Volkswagen-Porsche project. He currently writes and compile …