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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

Peter Cracknell – not shy but retiring

Journalists on the motoring writers’ ‘circuit’ are encouraged to pair up for launch events, and this inevitably leads to career-spanning partnerships and friendships developing. One of the most familiar and enduring within SGMW has been that between Dave Randle and Peter Cracknell. With Peter deciding to retire – for more time on the golf course and his expert classical guitar-playing …