MGMW 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.
Do you love writing (or talking) about cars?
Would you like to kickstart a career as a motoring writer?
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.
The Volkswagen Golf GTE has won the top Green Apple Motoring Award for 2015, as voted by members of the Midland Group of Motoring Writers. The hybrid petrol-electric Golf was praised for being both environmentally friendly and good to drive.
The awards are made by The Green Organisation, a not for profits group which invites entries from all parts of industry. MGMW members are asked to choose winners in the automotive category.
The Golf GTE beat another Volkswagen Group car, a Skoda Fabia diesel, into second place overall. For full Green Apple results, go to the NEWS PAGE.
MGMW members and their partners will be returning to the excellent Rooftop Restaurant of the RSC in Stratford upon Avon for their Christmas lunch.
This popular event is now in its third year and gives the group an opportunity to meet at a social level – while also carrying out some vital Christmas shopping.
This year’s lunch will be held on Sunday, December 6 at 12.30. Full details and menu choices are available from the vice-chairman.