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

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.

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