Electric cars make inroads into SGMW New Year Honours list 2019

With apologies to Gary Numan and his 1979 chart topper, members of the Southern Group of Motoring Writers have posed the question “Are Trends Electric?” after making the Hyundai Kona EV their Car of the Year and the Honda Urban EV their One to Watch 2019 award winner. The Jaguar I-PACE, Audi e-tron, Tesla Model 3 all-electric models were also …

'Car of the Year' - Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Countdown begins to 2019 New Year Honours

There’s just weeks to go until the Southern Group of Motoring Writers reveals the winners of its New Year Honours 2019 – and nominations for the best motoring PR operators and teams, and the top new cars of 2018, are now coming in thick and fast from members. Winners of the seven tightly fought categories will then be announced on …

2019 SGMW New Year Honours – Picking the Top PR Stars and Cars of the Year

Nominations for the best motoring PR operators and teams, and the top new cars of 2019 are now coming in from Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ members. Winners of the seven tightly fought categories will then be announced on January 1 as the SGMW New Year Honours list of 2019. The awards’ debut last year followed a run of successes that …

Weather gods smile this time on SGMW’s classic outing at Beaulieu by Steve Loader

They say fortune favours the brave, so the Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ second annual cavalcade of cars old and new prompted extra loud celebrations. The inaugural Heritage Day at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu in August 2017 had been staged to mark the Group’s 15th anniversary but was hit hard by rain. Nevertheless, an enthusiastic response by members and their …

Museum Piece by Dave Randle

The inspired notion to invite members and manufacturers to a day of driving vehicles old and new on the fine roads of Hampshire’s New Forest has crystallised into a high spot of the year, on only its second outing. The initial SGMW Heritage Day at Beaulieu a year ago proved the validity of the idea, attracting some great cars and …

Hat trick for Ford in SGMW’s 2018 Karting Grand Prix thriller

Rival teams were determined to prevent it, but there was something inevitable about Ford ‘doing the hat-trick’ at the Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ 2018 Karting Grand Prix. The only difference between this year’s win and the blue oval team’s 2016 and 2017 victories, was Ford’s star wheelman Jake Cassetta being pipped to the fastest driver title by his nemesis, …

Honda driving day high-revving blast from past to dine out on!

Andy Russell enjoyed a trip down memory lane at a driving day Honda organised for SGMW members and partners with some high-revving Type Rs and vociferous VTECs from the Honda heritage fleet and the car that started the Civic success story. The Honda PR team laid on a great driving day for members of the Southern Group of Motoring Writers …