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 …

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 …