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 …

My First Car: Peugeot 405 ‘family’ favourite that took my breath away

The latest motoring memories in our My First Car series of features see Ian Robertson racking up the miles with his love of driving and the Peugeot 405.  Right from when I saw the Peugeot 405 at London’s Motorfair 87, I badgered my dad to get one. The ‘Take my breath away’ music in the advert and fiery cornfields didn’t …

Handover for Honda hat-trick of awards in SGMW 2019 New Year Honours

Honda’s PR team has been presented with the trio of trophies it landed in the Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ New Year Honours List 2019. The Japanese marque’s press fleet officer John O’Brien and PR communications manager (cars) Simon Branney scooped the Best PR Newcomer and SGMW OBE (Operating Beyond Expectation) awards respectively, while the Honda Urban EV was judged …

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, …