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  The Western Group of Motoring Writers was formed in 1983 to represent the views of its members when communicating with the motor industry. We also perform the role of event organiser for motoring events, test drives and new model launches. 

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WHAT WE DO

Our PR Driving Day at Castle Combe Circuit

Every year the Western Group of Motoring Writers invites PRs from various companies to our special event at Castle Combe. Many cars are available to drive from many manufacturers, its a great day and has been held for many years.

The 2020 event normally held in June was cancelled due to Coronavirus.

Snaps from the driving days

Over the years

Images by our members

WGMW News and Views

Monthly News from our Chairman and views and opinions from our writers

By our MEMBERS

What we say…

Membership of the WGMW helped raise my professional profile when I switched to motoring journalism. It also gave me the chance to mix with experienced writers and invitations to attend regional launch events. The icing on the cake is our unique PR Driving Day at Castle Combe Circuit – a great opportunity to network informally, have fun and raise money for charity.
Gavin Herincx

Journalist / EDITOR / INFLUENCER

I am a recent member of the Western Group of Motoring Writers and have found it highly useful for my business. It is a very well connected and respected motoring group within the UK car industry.The annual Western Group PR driving day is an excellent event for networking within the industry and a most enjoyable day for all involved.

Jonathan Humphrey

Journalist/Blogger/Designer

As a freelancer, I really appreciate the networking opportunities provided by the Western Group. They really help to connect motoring journalists across the South West with each other, as well as strengthening our links with the car manufacturers. I’m a relatively recent addition to the Group, but I’ve already found very useful.

Chris Pickering

Freelance Automotive Journalist

From the chair June 2021

Slowly, very slowly, things are getting back to normal for motoring journalists, prs, the industry and dealers but no-one knows what that "new normal" will be or how it will work out and that is potentially a sticking point for everyone which will not take forward...

From the chair: April 2021

The recent Evergreen affair underlines just how much the motor industry is at the mercy of supply chains over which it has little control. The Suez Canal bottleneck will probably result in some shipments arriving three-to four-weeks late and for car manufacturers it...

From the chair: March 2021

There are a few weeds to be taken care of as the motor industry, energy providers, related suppliers and authorities take us down the green road towards 2030 and onwards. The haste and race to have low emission cars and other vehicles on our roads is tripping over...

From the chair: February 2021

  Journalists and PRs in the motoring world share their love of cars and that has been severely tested over the last 12 months.   Jobs have gone, people have gone, plans shelved and events cancelled, including our own WGMW PR Driving Day 2020. Some...

From the chair January 2021

I think every member will be glad to see the back of 2020. It has destroyed many lives, businesses, overturned accepted social norms and events. It has also brought a lot of us closer together, removed veils and opened eyes to what is happening in front of them. As a...

From the Chair: 1 December 2020

After a truly different year, the Western Group of Motoring Writers broke new ground with its first on-line AGM. It didn't go as well as we wanted but certainly most members who wanted to were able to join in and generally it ran as a Real World round-table would have...

From the chair: 1 November 2020

Well Lockdown 2.0, or if you live in Wales Lockdown 2.5, is underway and highlights how differently the Coronavirus is being tackled. Strictly speaking, only essential travel is being permitted whether you live in Wales, England or Scotland and it's been interesting...

From the chair: 1 October 2020

It has been a very strange summer. The national lockdown really hit journalists, PR departments and dealerships together with manufacturers in a way no one could have expected as we celebrated the arrival of 2020 in January. It was tough then with the global economy...

From the chair: 1 Sept 2020

The SMMT still hopes to run its 2020 driving day, eventually. Latest is a move to 1 October, when the Government permits larger gatherings for business and sporting events. The SMMT and Millbrook have been working on the familiar pattern for the day but it will be...

From the chair: August 2020

Whither the UK motor industry? SMMT car registration data shows that for January to June 2020, new car registrations were half the corresponding figure for the first half of 2019, and if June 2020 improved to 65% of the 2019 level, this is certainly the very best hope...

Kim Henson | WGMW Member

Future Classics

Future Classics: 12 Smart Roadster

Future Classics: 12 Smart Roadster

For the final car to feature in his year-long series covering ‘collectable’ models introduced during the three decades since the Western Group of Motoring Writers was formed, Kim Henson takes a close look at another modern classic, the diminutive but sporty 21st century smart Roadster –

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