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.

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

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