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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 …

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Ford makes it two in a row at SGMW karting showdown

Ford is gaining a firm grip on the coveted trophy for the Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ annual Karting Grand Prix. For the second year running, the blue oval team took first place and ‘did the double’ with its ace wheelman Jake Cassetta again taking the fastest driver title, while the GP also yielded another record total for charity: £4,815 …

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Video highlights from #SGMWkarting 2017

A full report on the Southern Group’s 4th Annual Charity Karting GP will follow shortly but in the meantime, here’s a highlights package put together by our very own Andy Russell.

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Axe wielded but no blood spilt at SGMW Summit

Every officer of the Southern Group of Motoring Writers was axed at the 2017 annual general meeting. But this was a re-shuffling of Group officers rather than shedding blood on carpets at the swish Dartford HQ of the SGMW’s hosts on the day, Mazda UK. The key change was a job swap, with freelancer and Auto Italia editor Chris Rees …

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Industry mourns loss of Brian Laban

It is with sadness that we announce the death of popular motoring writer and historian Brian Laban. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, the Fleet Street Motoring Group and the Southern Group of Motoring Writers, Brian died overnight on Tuesday, 27 December, in hospital near his home in Sussex, where he was being treated for bowel cancer. He was …

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Membership changes at SGMW

Member updates see the Southern Group of Motoring Writers gain two new members alongside the retirement of long-time member Peter Cracknell. New additions include Peter Nunn who brings over 30 years’ experience of full-time car journalism, both in the UK and Japan. Peter works on titles including Business Car Manager, Auto Italia, Autocar, International Fleet World, Car Graphic (Japan). Meanwhile …

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SGMW welcomes…

We’ve recently swelled the ranks of the SGMW, welcoming three new members: Tim Pitt, Tyler Heatley and Phill Tromans. Tim has a wide range of experience as a motoring journalist, having previously worked on 4×4 magazine and Which? Car. He’s currently employed by automotive agency Motoring Research, and his main outlets are the MSN Cars website, City AM newspaper and …

SGMW Xmas Lunch 2016

Southerners dine ’50s style

An authentically decked out 1950s diner was chosen as the venue for the SGMW Christmas lunch Our search for a motoring- themed venue at Christmas time brought us to the fabulous 7 Hotel & Diner. Located in Polhill, near Halstead in Kent, it’s got a real 1950s American diner theme, with vintage Coca-Cola machines, handmade furniture and a great ice …

SGMW AGM 2016

All the action from the AGM

Many positive discussions and resolutions made at AGM, which was superbly hosted by Honda The 2016 SGMW Annual General Meeting took place in February at an event kindly hosted by Honda. The talented PR team of Karen Parry, Simon Branney, Ellie Ostinelli and David Rogers were joined by the new Honda press fleet manager, Tom Lynch, making his debut at …

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A day at the races

SGMW members went behind the scenes with Honda’s most successful racing team during the first race weekend of 2016 It’s an important year for Honda’s official BTCC race team. Not only are they hoping to retain their team champion crown, driver Matt Neal wants 2016 to be the year he nails his fourth overall championship win, an achievement that’s only …