Peter Cracknell reports on Kia Invitation day at Longcross Test Track

Kia’s faithful association with the Southern Group took a further welcome step in August at Longcross Test track. The facility goes by a number of other names such as Chobham Test Track, and its history dates back to World War 2, from when it was used as a tank testing and training course. Motor manufacturers have used it consistently when …

Dave Randle gives the ‘Emissionary Position’ on the VW Gate scandal

For more than a quarter of a century, the world’s carmakers have been pursuing unrealistic targets, set for them by regulatory authorities with political origins and an eye on winning brownie points from increasingly vocal ecologists. With its demand-driven rapid turnover of products, the auto-industry was the obvious subject of these targets. Power stations, whether coal, oil or gas-fired, don’t …

Bigger and better Karting Challenge raises even more for Air Ambulance

Now established as an annual highlight of the motor industry PR world, the Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ charity Karting Grand Prix turbocharged its fund-raising by more than £1,000 this year. Group chairman Sue Baker was able to hand over a cheque for £4,350 towards the lifesaving work of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance – easily topping 2014’s …

Changing Chairs at SGMW

Members of the Southern Group of Motoring Writers have appointed a new Chairman after Sue Baker decided to stand down following five years’ tireless work in promoting the Group – she is succeeded by fellow freelancer Chris Rees. The change of chairs came at the Group’s AGM, held at The Aviator Hotel, Farnborough and kindly hosted by PSA in order …

Prestigious Grand Prix turns into a ‘Wheel’ Challenge

  FIAT’S press and PR department has been presented with a steering wheel trophy to mark its victory earlier this year in the Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ Karting Grand Prix. But the FIAT team has just a couple of months to bask in the trophy’s glory before donning race suits and helmets once more to defend the title, and …

Summer Party

Saturday 5th July. Dawn. Where’s that sun that has been shining for virtually the whole summer so far? Not only is it hiding, the BBC weatherman is also even mumbling about rain. Undeterred, I donned my waterproofs, got in my very un-weatherproof Caterham and made my way to Kent for the SGMW Summer Party at The Woodman pub, near Sevenoaks. …

The Guild of Motoring Writers Awards

Three Award Wins for Group members

Two of the Southern Group’s members were among the outstanding motoring journalists honoured at The Guild of Motoring Writers’ annual Dinner and Awards at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London, on Thursday 6 December. Jack Carfrae was a double-winner on the night, picking up the gong for BCA Feature Writer of the Year as well as the Prova PR …

New Member: David Wilkins

A warm Southern Group welcome to David Wilkins who is probably our most highly qualified member with an MA in PPE from Oxford and an MBA with distinction from the renowned Cass Business School. After early jobs in banking, consultancy and as a telecoms and technology analyst, he finally  graduated in 2003 to the career he first thought of when …

Real World Fuel Economy

Real World Fuel Economy

Peter De Nayer, veteran specialist in technical research and fuel economy and performance evaluation carries out real world fuel consumption tests and has generously offered the disparity results to Group members and visitors to the SGMW site. If you would like Peter’s full results on the cars you are assessing, contact him by E Mail at: peterdenayer@btinternet.com Peter says: “These …