Southern Group happenings: April 2024

As summer fast approaches, it’s been another busy month for the Southern Group. Again, our members have been busy delivering a varied array of drives, news, and features, along with hundreds of social media posts detailing what they’ve been up to.   In April, it was with great sadness that we announced the passing of Ray […]

Ray Potter, a wonderful warm character, sadly missed

David Ward pays tribute to retired SGMW member Ray Potter, a friend, colleague and fellow SGMW stalwart, for more than 40 years, who has sadly died. Indefatigable, ace raconteur, amusing, wonderful and warm are my words for summing up Ray Potter whom I have known as a motoring journalist colleague and friend for well over […]

Southern Group happenings: March 2024

In the month of March, the SGMW members were again prolifically busy as usual. With a litany of new car reveals, drive reviews, and features being produced throughout the month.  As usual, the automotive industry was busier than ever, with an array of new models breaking cover. Among the new car highlights were the rather […]

Southern Group Happenings: February 2024

During the month that was February 2024, Southern Group members continued to churn out a vast array of automotive news, features, reviews, and of course, a large number of Tweets.  Early in the month, Audi revealed the new RS6 GT, an uber-rapid estate car complete with an enhanced chassis and a unique livery. In Italy, […]

SGMW members cars: Barry the Volkswagen T2 Westfalia Campmobile

While many of the Southern Group members specialise in new car reviews, news, and features, it won’t come as a surprise that a majority of our members are car enthusiasts. This is demonstrated by the wide array of cars owned by SGMW members, which includes a number of great drivers cars and much-loved classic cars […]

Southern Group Happenings: January 2024

After successfully making it through the very long month known as January, the Southern Group membership has enjoyed a successful start to 2024.  The new year kicked off with the reveal of the SGMW 2024 New Year Honours awards winners, with the Jeep Renegade EV scooping our coveted Car of The Year title. The SGMW […]

Southern Group membership update: January 2024

As 2024 begins, the committee is pleased to announce that Maxine Ashford is the latest member to join the Southern Group. Maxine has over three decades of journalism experience, and been a specialist in motoring for 23 years. She has written for several national and regional newspapers, as well as running her own dedicated motoring […]

Southern Group Happenings: December 2023

While the Christmas period usually signals a quieter time in the automotive industry, with nearly all brands shutting down for the festive period, this didn’t faze the Southern Group membership, who had another prolific month.  The month of December started with a bit of an automotive surprise with the arrival of the Tesla Cybertruck. Yes, […]


Electric cars charged to the top spots in the 2024 Southern Group of Motoring Writers New Year Honours. The SGMW annual awards, the first of the year, recognise the outstanding efforts of manufacturers, PR teams and individuals who excelled with magnificent models, memorable motoring and help SGMW members over the past 12 months. The awards […]