There was a large turnout of members for the MGMW AGM held at the Bailbrook House hotel in Bath on May 9, where we were guests of Suzuki. The afternoon meeting was followed by a dinner with partners and then a morning of test driving the new Vitara and the latest Dualjet version of the new Celerio.
With no new nominations for chairman or committee members, Ian Donaldson was unanimously re-elected as chairman and the existing committee re-elected to their current roles. A full list of the 2015/16 committee members can be found HERE.
Ian thanked members for attending and Suzuki for their hospitality before presenting his report for the year, in which he commented: “it has been a delight and a privilege to chair the group for another year. I think we have just enjoyed a stable and constructive 12 months and thank you for your support”.
He also thanked the committee for their hard work during the year and noted the success of the group in reshaping itself for the future. Various other committee reports were presented and agreed by the membership before the meeting closed.
A page from the motoring website, topcarnews.co.uk, written by 16-year old William Savage has been chosen as winner of this year’s Phil Lewellin award, The Phil.
William’s entry was picked from a record number of over 40 entries for the Phils 2015. Writing to the brief ‘my perfect car and the journey I’d take in it’, William described a journey through the Furka Pass in an Aston Martin Vanquish.
His entry impressed judges with its creative use of the medium, humour and attention to detail. The web page (view it here) included a map of the route and even a video clip of the James Bond car chase through the Pass from the movie, Goldfinger.
Such was the quality of the entries that the judges decided to award runner-up prizes to two other entries. Rohan Prasad-Weitz (16) took second place for his imaginative account of a driver through France in a Saab 900 while James Bennie (14) was third with his tightly written and creative story of an Aston Martin One-77 and the Mont Blanc tunnel.
For more details of the entries, go to our NEWS page.
This year’s Annual General Meeting is set to take place on May 9 at the Bailbrook House hotel in Bath, where group members and partners will be the guests of Suzuki. The meeting, which is one of only two formal meetings a year, will start at 15.30.
Full details of the meeting, and a formal agenda, will be issued shortly by the secretary. MGMW members will also shortly be receiving a formal invitation from Suzuki for the weekend event.
Members will be able to enjoy a leisurely afternoon in one of the UK’s most picturesque and historic cities before the AGM, which is followed by cocktails and a dinner. On Sunday morning there will be time for testing two major new Suzuki models, the Celerio and the Vitara.
The driving route will include an off-road section for the Vitara AllGrip and it is understood that the Celerio models available will have the ultra-low emission Dualjet engine (84g/km) and Auto Gear Shift system.
Members who have any item they want raised at the AGM should contact the secretary, Robin Auchterlonie.
Evo magazine staff writer Sam Sheehan is the inaugural winner of the MGMW John Connor Award, presented for the best Masters project work on the Coventry University Automotive Journalism course.
This is the second time the MGMW has presented an award for Coventry automotive journalism students and the first time the prize has carried the name of John Connor, the veteran Midlands newspaperman, motoring correspondent and MGMW member who died following a collision on the M25 in January 2014.
Sam Sheehan is pictured collecting the MGMW John Connor Award certificate from MGMW committee member Andrew Noakes outside Coventry Cathedral.
For more about Sam’s award-winning work, go to our News page