The annual Western Group of Motoring Writers PR Driving Day has been cancelled for 2020, writes Robin Roberts.
This tough decision to cancel the event scheduled for 3 June 2020 has been taken only after a lot of heart-searching in light of the very latest information from HM Government on the isolation protocols surrounding the current Coronavirus epidemic sweeping across the UK.
WGMW chairman Robin Roberts said, “It’s been a very hard decision to take in the 32nd year of the event, which has survived previous economic crisis, and with a number of early bookings as well.
“The automotive industry PRs have been our enthusiastic supporters for four decades and this globally unique event has a firm place in their diaries, the UK industry’s calendar and is the highlight of the group’s year and social calendar.”
However, with the Government stating its intention to review the isolation protocol every three weeks for possibly up to six months, the Western Group felt it could not confidently expect a lifting of the restrictions by 3 June or even by the end of summer 2020. Then it would face finding a date later in 2020 when car makers’ other planned or delayed events might be taking place meant it would not be able to secure a good turnout in a congested calendar.
Provisionally, WGMW DD2021 is being planned for 2 June 2021 and the group will be in touch with all those who have already booked into this year’s event and will keep the industry updated as necessary.
For further information please contact: [email protected]
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR
Registration is now available for the 2020 Driving Day at Castle Combe on 3 June.
Our partners ID-PR have set up the process based on the highly successful site we used in 2019 and if you registered for that your details will be valid for this year. If you have forgotten your details, are new to the industry or the event, please log in and you will be told what to expect. Contact details are on the dedicated website.
We have kept down costs as much as possible but there is a slight increase in attendance fees this year and if you want a logo on the home page, preferential treatment at sign in or just feel generous towards the best regional writers’ group in the the world please let us know and for a one off fee you’ll become a Signature Sponsor and attract our never-ending thanks, even possibly a bouquet or cigar from David Miles.
Hashtag: #DD2020 it’s your chance to play muttering rotter for a day, meet some real journalists not on-line entities or ghosts, drive the latest cars and of course talk a bit to fellow PRs and possibly go home with a unique prize. It doesn’t happen anywhere else.
So, what’re you waiting for? Apply now.