The Midland Group of Motoring Writers promotes and supports two major awards which are designed to encourage young people wishing to make or further a career in automotive media. For further details on both awards, please follow the links below or contact an MGMW committee member.


The Phil Llewellin Fund offers grants to young people to help them to embark on, or develop, a career in automotive media.

The Fund is named after Phil Llewellin, a renowned motoring and travel writer, and a member of the Midland Group of Motoring Writers until his death in 2005.

Grants of up to £1000 are available, together with advice and mentoring where appropriate. Applicants must be aged 25 or under and resident in the UK at the time of application.

For full detail of the fund and how to apply, go to:


The John Connor Prize is given to the Coventry University automotive journalism student who produces the best final project as part of his degree.

It is named in honour of highly respected group member, John Connor, who died in a car accident in 2014. He had a long track record of training journalists at his papers.

Apart from its cash value, the John Connor Prize is highly respected in the industry. Previous winners include Cameron Tait, motoring and technology editor for Dennis Publishing’s The Week; Sam Sheehan, senior staff writer, at Autocar and Jan Conesa who is now working in a media analysis role for Seat in his native Spain.

For details of the Coventry University automotive journalism, visit: