Annual Christmas lunch is back

Stratford view cropMembers and their partners have been invited, once again, to the annual MGMW Christmas lunch which will take place at the Royal Shakespeare Company restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The event is one of the social highlights of the year for members; offering a unique opportunity for relaxed chat and a chance to enjoy the pre-Christmas excitement of Stratford.

Lunch organiser, Mark Slack, has booked the Riverside Gallery where guests will be able to enjoy views of the River Avon while enjoying a three course meal and drinks. Members are reminded to let Mark have their menu choices, and any dietary requirements, by November 13.

The lunch will take place on Sunday, December 4 with a start at 12.30 for drinks. Lunch will be served from 1pm. The meal is included in your MGMW membership but drinks will have to be paid for individually.

MGMW members conquer RideLondon100

Rupert Ride 100 v2Two members of MGMW were among the 26,000 amateur cyclists who took to the streets of London at the end of July for the RideLondon100 event.

This 100-mile ride on closed roads through London and out into Surrey is the cycling equivalent of the London Marathon. It starts in the Olympic Park and finishes on The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, taking in such famous climbs as Box Hill, near Dorking along the way.

Richard Aucock was part of a Continental Tyres team and had a clear run to complete the route in an impressive 4hr 56m – that’s a fraction under 20mph average speed. Meanwhile Rupert Saunders, riding for the Spinal Injuries Association, managed a slightly more leisurely 5hr 59m – an average of around 16.7mph.

For more details on the Ride, go to our NEWS page.

Awards keep coming for former Phils winner

will core 2Former Phils award winner William Core (18) is continuing to gain recognition in the automotive and design industries, four year after his talent was recognised by the Midland Group of Motoring Writers.

William, the 2012 Phils winner, has now received an unqualified offer to attend Coventry University’s vehicle design course, his first choice of degree courses. Coventry’s alumni include Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar Cars.

William, who took his A-levels this summer, was also one of 24 finalists from around the UK in the annual Triumph Design Awards which were set up “to encourage creative thinking, innovative problem solving and the ability to produce feasible solutions to real world problems”.

On July 2 at Triumph’s Hinckley headquarters, his project – a table capable of producing and storing solar power – won the award for ‘outstanding corporate responsibility,’ for its use of sustainable and fully recyclable materials.

To read more about William’s winning ways go to our NEWS page.

Chairman thanks Swift Gallery for hosting AGM

Ten members of the MGMW made the trip to Stoke-on-Trent to attend the 2016 AGM and enjoy the fantastic motor racing photographic collection at The Swift Gallery. During the meeting members heard reports from the committee which summarised the previous year’s events and discussed a number of ‘hot’ topics.

MGMW chairman, Ian Donaldson, thanked gallery owners, John and Andrew Swift, for allowing us use of the venue which he described as “exceptional” and “well worth the journey”. He also thanked members for attending.

The main topic for discussion centred around the future of the MGMW Industry Day which Mark Slack suggested had “run its course” in view of the changing demographic of the invited PR departments. Members and the wider industry will be canvassed on their views.

Members welcomed the introduction of the Ford test rota and news that a BMW rota would be starting shortly, giving members access to cars that had not been available previously. There was praise for the Christmas lunch and also a suggestion that a dinner evening could be added to the AGM.

There being no new nominations, the current Committee were individually re-elected for 2016/17. Proof copies of the Handbook were available for checking.

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