New WGMW Member takes two Newspress Awards

New WGMW Member takes two Newspress Awards

One of the Western Group’s newest members Mark Smyth won no less than two trophies at the Newspress Awards, staged at Bicester Heritage on Thursday 21st Jul. Mark was called up to the stage by the Voice of Strictly Come Dancing and the Voice of the Balls in the...
From the Chair: July 2022

From the Chair: July 2022

After the Western Group had to make the decision to abandon our annual Driving Day, a blow to us all as it would have been the first to be staged since 2019, I’m pleased to say that we have been able to re-schedule the event this year. The 1 June date fell victim to...
Classic Car Armada sets sail for France

Classic Car Armada sets sail for France

Hundreds of beautiful and valuable classic cars are heading to France with Brittany Ferries this weekend. They belong to Brits and other nationals attending the biennial Le Mans Classic festival in Pays de la Loire.Around 430 rare and valuable cars have made the...
From the Chair: 22 May 2022

From the Chair: 22 May 2022

Unfortunately, our plans to hold the first WGMW PR Driving Day since 2019, have hit a hiccup. We were due to hold the event at Castle Combe Circuit, where the event has been held since it began over 30 years ago.  Now that events are up and running again at...
From the Chair: May 2022

From the Chair: May 2022

Leigh Robinson 1948-2022 The Western Group lost a stalwart when Leigh died suddenly at the beginning of April. Leigh was a ‘proper’ journalist as many will know, working his way up through the local press in Northern England before coming south in the 1990s and after...
From the Chair: May 2022

Obituary – Leigh Robinson 1948-2022

Leigh Robinson was a Cumbrian, born in the Lake District on 30 March 1948. In his early years he drove trucks for a living as a driver for BRS. Writing was clearly what motivated him though and he made his break into the local press in the 1970s, initially in the...
From the Chair: March 2022

From the Chair: March 2022

Whither Geneva? The first week of March has since time immemorial been the date of the Geneva Show, the event which always seemed to herald the new motoring year. But once again and for the third year in succession, the Show has been cancelled. The organisers blamed...
From the Chair: February 2022

From the Chair: February 2022

I recently carried out an interview with the Chief Technology Officer of the Volvo Group – not the car manufacturer but the truck, bus and off-road equipment manufacturer. In the course of the discussion, the subject of autonomous vehicles came up. I was quite...
Karen Parry now in Autovia driving seat

Karen Parry now in Autovia driving seat

Friend of WGMW Karen Parry now heads up the communications for AUTOVIA, the UK’s number one automotive content and commerce growth business.  Karen brings with her over 30 years of automotive experience and joins Autovia from a 12-month contract as Head of...
From the Chair: January 2022

From the Chair: January 2022

Last month, Daimler Benz announced that it had received authorisation from the federal traffic office to equip its car with level-three automation, effectively hands-free driving. The first appearance of this will be on the new S Class Mercedes due for launch during...
From the Chair: December 2021

From the Chair: December 2021

With the AGM behind us, From the Chair comes from a new Chairman this month. Many thanks to Robin Roberts for his many years of hard work for the Group as chairman and deputy chairman.  The Government’s stated intention to ban the internal combustion engine from...
Driving on the M96? I don’t think so

Driving on the M96? I don’t think so

The shortest motorway in the UK is in the Cotswolds but you have got special permission to drive on it and it’s only 500 yards long! Not many people have heard of the M96 which is a four lane motorway and which has more crashes on it than all the other motorways put...
New Car Sales October 2021

New Car Sales October 2021

Volkswagen dominated UK sales in October and scooped 8.52% of sales, writes Robin Roberts. BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Audi all out performed the rest and left Ford and Vauxhall, traditional leaders, trailing behind. Regionally, Wales bucked the trend and grew new car...
From the Chair: November 2021

From the Chair: November 2021

If it has struck you that there seem to be more and more Teslas about, it is not an illusion. According to analysts Jato Dynamics, in September the Tesla Model 3 was Europe’s best-selling car, with 24,571 cars sold. In second place was the Renault Clio at 18,268 and...
From the Chair: October 2021

From the Chair: October 2021

The Western Group of Motoring Writers recently held its first face-to-face meeting for over a year courtesy of Honda UK and to whom we are very grateful.  By the way, there was no truth in the rumour that Honda PR Emma Butler used the meeting as a rehearsal for...