Top motoring gallery to host AGM

The Swift Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, one of the leading motoring art galleries in the country, is to play host to the MGMW 2016 AGM, which will take place on Saturday, July 2.

Ian Donaldson, MGMW chairman, said: “The committee are extremely grateful to long standing MGMW member John Swift and his brother Andrew who have moved their 2016 opening event in order to accommodate us.

“I cannot think of a more appropriate venue for our AGM and I hope that as many as possible will attend our main business meeting of the year where all members can get together.”

Members will gather for the AGM from 11.00 with the meeting scheduled to start at 11.30. A light lunch will be served and there will be plenty of time to enjoy the gallery itself after the meeting closes. Members will be able to discuss points arising from committee reports and will also be electing committee officials for 2016/17.

Nominations for the committee positions must be received by midnight on Wednesday, June 29.

The decision to hold the AGM at the gallery was taken after it became apparent that there was not a suitable car manufacturer event available to the whole membership. More details about The Swift Gallery can be found at

Two young writers collect Phil awards

Phils winner: Michael Lear

Michael Lear

Two budding young motoring writers have been named winners of the 2016 Phil awards and have collected their prizes from MGMW Chairman, Ian Donaldson. This year’s Phil has gone to 17-year old Michael Lear from Bidford upon Avon, while the Junior Phil has gone to 13-year old Alfie Roach, who lives in Shrewsbury.

The two writers faced stiff competition for the awards which, for the first time, were split into age categories to encourage more younger entrants.

“It was really encouraging to meet our deserving winners and share their enthusiasm about a possible future career in motoring journalism,” said Ian. “They were both so committed and keen to learn; Phil Lewellin would have been proud.

“I’d also like to thank our generous award sponsors, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin, for their continued support of this great award.”

Phil award winner, Michael Lear, will be enjoying £1000 in travel vouchers (courtesy of Audi UK), the loan of an Audi of his choice for his parents for a week and a tour of the Aston Martin plant at Gaydon, Warwickshire with a passenger ride alongside one of the company’s test drivers.

Alfie Roach

Alfie Roach

Meanwhile, Junior Phil winner, Alfie Roach, wins a visit to Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, Surrey for a tutored drive with lunch for himself and his parents.

The winning entries will be published shortly in the MGMW Newsletter, Update, and more details are available on the NEWS page. Details of the 2017 Phils will be available towards the end of the year.

Slim-line chairman in cut-down car

Ian in mini MiniMGMW chairman, Ian Donaldson, has visibly shrunk over the past couple of years so he had no difficulty squeezing his new slim-line frame into this cut-down Mini. The car belongs to a colleague of Ian’s and is believed to be one of only a few ever made, though details of its heritage are unknown.

While the top-down look makes it ideal for the upcoming summer months, Ian reports that the shortened wheelbase did make the Mini “rather twitchy” over the local lanes. We suspect a whole new dimension to the concept of body-flex.

Meanwhile, Ian has vowed to stay of the chips for a bit longer.

MGMW launches 2016 young writer award

Do you love writing (or talking) about cars?
Would you like to kickstart a career as a motoring writer?

Audi RS Q3 (2014)The Midland Group of Motoring Writers has announced details of the 2016 Phil awards for budding motoring journalists. If you’re aged between 12 and 18 and love writing or talking about cars, it’s a chance to make a name for yourself with leading UK car journalists and win some great prizes.
These include: £1000 in travel vouchers and the loan of an Audi of your choice for your parents for a week; a tour of the Aston Martin plant at Gaydon, Warwickshire and a passenger ride with one of the company’s test drivers plus (if you’re aged under 16) a visit to Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, Surrey for a tutored drive and lunch for yourself and your parents.
Entrants will need to tell a story about cars and travel which entertains the judges. They’ll be looking for creativity and the ability to use the chosen medium to best effect.
The topic for the story is ‘my perfect car and the journey I’d take in it’ and entries can be in any journalistic format, including electronic media.
The closing date for entries is March 31, 2016. You can find full details of the awards on The 2016 Phils page.

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