THE GUILD OF MOTORING WRITERS SEPTEMBER 2010
THE END OF JOURNALISM GOING UP IN BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR
AS WE KNOW IT? THE WORLD CAR AND VAN SALES
CHARLOTTE BLIGHT COMMENTS ON BALLOON FLIGHTS AT BRING THE SMMT EXPLAINS WHY SALES
DISTURBING TRENDS IN PUBLISHING YOUR OWN CAR DAY FORECASTS HAVE BEEN IMPROVED
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Why it’s important to keep the
lines of communication open
Representatives from the Association of Motoring MANUFACTURERS’ INVITATION lists, test vehicle insurance
Writers Groups and the Motor Industry Public Affairs age limits and travel facilities were all on the agenda at the
AMWG/MIPAA meeting, which took place recently at Laleham, near
Association got together in August at a meeting Staines in Surrey.
organised by MIPAA general secretary Heather Yaxley. Journalists need to ensure they provide press officers with cuttings
The gathering, kindly sponsored by Nissan, was chaired of their work as PR staff are given quotas to meet with regard to
‘bums on seats’ and copy produced as a result.
in turn by MIPAA chairman Gabi Whitfield and Guild Since fewer manufacturers make use of cutting agencies, journalists
chairman Charlotte Blight, who reports for Update should be responsible for providing copies of their reports. This can also
work in the writer’s favour if he or she is supplying outlets
agencies might not cover. Cuttings help PR officers justify
their decisions, so it’s in all our interests to oblige. MIPAA
would also appreciate being kept up to date about
If an individual felt overlooked, MIPAA acknowledged
that he or she should contact the manufacturer to find
out why. The Guild asked to be informed if any of its
members respond in an unprofessional manner.
Impact on the brand
It was also explained that the journalists included on
a launch varied according to where the PR team
considered a particular product would receive the most
exposure to provide the greatest impact. PR offices have
to judge which customers will have an impact on the
brand and choose publications accordingly.
AMWG said consistency would be helpful and all
agreed transparency was desirable. If you’ve been
dropped by a certain brand, or have never been
approached, contact the press office to find out why.
GUILD PHOTOGRAPHER Jeff Bloxham shoots a picture – not an uncommon Addressing the issue of insurance age limits, the Guild
occurrence – but the shot he’s taking is of a 'grid' consisting of examples of requested that insurers whose upper restriction is lower
every Lotus Formula One car made. This unique event took place at Snetterton than the age of any given working journalist should
as part of the Classic Team Lotus day held in June. PICTURE IAN WAGSTAFF explore the legal implications on the grounds
Continued on page 3
PRESIDENT Nick Mason
CHAIRMAN Charlotte Blight IS IT TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
TO SKILL, ARTISTRY AND
Chris Wright firstname.lastname@example.org PRIDE IN YOUR WORK?
Michael Ford email@example.com TWO OR three occurrences of late have set me thinking. One is this. In an
HONORARY DEPUTY TREASURER exercise that had quite an effect on motivation, I’m informed that journalists
Matthew Carter at a publishing house were told to consider themselves ‘content providers’,
GUILD SECRETARIAT and the job of their employer was to ‘monetise that content’.
40 Baring Road, Bournemouth,
Dorset BH6 4DT No more journalism, then. It’s all about making money on the production line.
Tel: 01202 422424 No room for skill, artistry or pride in your work.
HONORARY SECRETARY Chris Adamson
firstname.lastname@example.org Here’s the other thing. There’s quite a lot of anecdotal evidence that
GENERAL SECRETARY Patricia Lodge hobbyists are replacing bona fide independent motoring editorial. It’s
email@example.com apparent in pieces that include such phrases as: “The inside smells nice and
LEGAL HELPLINE CONTACT new.” I have also seen articles in the press where the typeface has been
Richard Aucock. Tel: 07967 823529 reduced so the full, unadulterated release can be fitted into the space
firstname.lastname@example.org between the ads.
Sarah Bradley email@example.com It seems decent spelling and grammar, industry knowledge, fact- and source-
MENTORING CO-ORDINATOR checking and unbiased reportage are no longer necessary. You can rite as bad
John Kendall firstname.lastname@example.org as wot u want as long as the results is provided free.
Guy Loveridge email@example.com More recently, MediaGuardian reported on the rise of the Media Robot. It’s a
YEAR BOOK EDITOR system of reporting in which the human is unnecessary. Articles are drawn
Colin Dawson, Avebury Lodge, Rusper Road, from a combination of statistics (as for sports results) and stock phrases
Ifield, West Sussex RH11 0LR which are applied by the machine to create the text for the reader to behold.
Tel: 01293 538253 firstname.lastname@example.org Automated content is, apparently, on the increase.
Richard Aucock, Jeff Bloxham, Sarah Bradley, So what does one do? Give up, and let the robots/hobbyists take over, or
Peter Burgess, Matthew Carter, compete with amateurs to provide copy for free in the knowledge that at
Colin Dawson, Anthony Lewis, least it’s coverage, and you’re producing decent work?
Guy Loveridge, John Kendall, Chris Thorp,
VICE PRESIDENTS What are your thoughts? Are we becoming redundant, or am I being
John Blauth wildly pessimistic?
Graham Macbeth, CHARLOTTE BLIGHT, Chairman
HRH The Duke of Kent
Alexander Lord Hesketh
The Earl of March
Administrator Elizabeth Aves
email@example.com Material for inclusion in next month’s Update should be sent to
Tel: 0207 737 2377. Fax: 0207 737 3966 the Editor to arrive no later than Tuesday 14 September.
Trustees John Blauth,
John Blunsden, Matthew Carter, EDITORIAL CONTACT INFORMATION
Ray Hutton, Janet Wilkinson Editor Colin Dawson
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Bring Your Own Car Day Don’t miss your chance to
enter the Guild Awards
goes up in the world WITH THE addition of two new categories and a
total of more than £21,000 in prize money, there’s
IF YOU haven’t already booked your never been a better time to enter
place on the Guild’s Bring Your Own Car Come and The Guild of Motoring Writers
Day on Saturday 4 September there’s fastest Awards. The new accolades are
now an extra reason why you should man on the PFPR Editor of the Year and
get your entry in immediately – the land! the RM Auctions Classic Writer
chance to take to the skies. of the Year. Both carry prize
Adding to the fun on Saturday money of £1,000.
evening will be the opportunity for There have also been other
Bring Your Own Car Day participants to changes to reflect the way in
take a hot air balloon flight, weather There’s nothing like seeing the which Guild members work today. The Mitsubishi
permitting, and raise some money for English countryside from a hot-air Motors regional award is now designed to
BEN in the process. balloon basket and we’ve worked out encourage, recognise and reward a regional
A group of local enthusiasts – all the timings so you won’t miss the Hog motoring journalist for an innovative way of
experienced pilots – will be flying their Roast, the band – or the chance to meet adapting to fresh challenges, including the use
hot-air balloons from Central Farm in special guest world land-speed record of online outlets and new media. And the long-
Long Marston early in the evening and holder Andy Green. Book your place standing Rootes Gold Cup – supported by
– subject to suitable weather conditions now and don’t miss this chance to get Peugeot – will now recognise outstanding
– have offered to give BYOC Day aloft. Please get your entry in as soon achievement by a Guild member in the world of
participants the chance to fly with them. as you can. motorsport, either writing about or competing in
The cost, per passenger, will be just £50 For all information, contact Peter motorsport at any level.
with all proceeds going to BEN. Burgess: email@example.com. The flagship award – Journalist of the Year –
again carries £3,000 in prize money and is backed
by Renault UK and the Guild itself.
In search of Bruce Hudson... All Guild members are eligible to enter the
DOES ANYONE recall automotive author Bruce A Hudson? A member of the awards. Entry forms are available to download
public is trying to contact him with technical questions about a book he wrote from www.gomw.co.uk. Closing date for entries is
some time ago. The book is called British Light Cars 1930-1939. If anyone recalls 30 September 2010. Entries should be sent to the
Bruce Hudson and knows of his whereabouts, please contact Honorary Secretary Honorary Secretary, Chris Adamson at 40 Baring
Chris Adamson who will pass on the information (for contact details, see page 2). Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH6 4DT.
AMWG/MIPAA meeting From page 1 phone contact opt in/out choice on booking forms. In attendance
AMWG also made the point that while it understood
of ageism. MIPAA will report that this was suggested, and the need to keep costs down by using economy travel, the Charlotte Blight (Guild),
said its members were willing to consider testers on a use of airport lounges was invaluable to remain Sue Baker (Southern),
case-by-case basis. ‘connected’ while waiting for flights and so on. Derek Black (Ulster),
On driver forms, where manufacturers cover 'spouses' Finally, AMWG asked if local-interest stories could be Tony Lewis (Western)
automatically, it should read 'spouse or civil partner' or a flagged up among regional press, and examples were Ian Donaldson (Midland),
term be included in the document stating 'spouse shall cited where such a release missed opportunities for local Huw Thomas (Welsh),
include civil partner'. Non-civil partners – of whatever sort exposure. This was also taken on board. Chris Wright (Fleet
– will then know where they stand. It was a constructive meeting, with a recurring Street); Gabi Whitfield
Turning to fuel costs, manufacturers had been reluctant message from our counterparts in press offices for our (MIPAA chairman),
to cover these because the system had been abused in members to keep the lines of communication open. Gethin Bradley (MIPAA
the past. As with upper age limits for drivers, MIPAA was MIPAA members are under more pressure than ever to hon life-president),
open to suggestion and requested that individuals contact justify their decisions, and anything we can do to help Heather Yaxley
manufacturers to discuss the matter. can only work well for us all in the long run. It might (MIPAA secretariat),
On the subject of travel, AMWG pointed out it could be involve a little straight talking and the result might not Debbie Shields (GM),
extremely useful to have telephone communication with always be the one we would like; conversely, it could be Janet Wilkinson (SMMT),
delivery drivers. Due to the Data Protection Act this is not extremely productive. So there’s every reason to ensure Ben Sayer (Prodrive).
customary with all manufacturers and not everyone likes we continue to maintain strong and healthy relationships.
the idea. But AMWG hopes to see the introduction of a After all, communication is our business.
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Automotive archives forged
into one massive resource
ESTABLISHING AN archive takes many South African motor manufacturers,
years of hard work, but this is precisely supporting these companies in the launch
what Guild members Anne Hope of of their new models, while also
Motor Industry Archives (MIA) and Glen contributing to corporate presentations.
Smale of Automotive Research had been The combined MIA and Automotive
Steve Hughes: a trio of outlets doing independently. Recently Anne, Research collections provide an
wanting to take a less active role in the international archive service consisting of
Steve clocks up a hat-trick of industry (see story below), felt that Glen’s several thousand motoring books, more
north-east motoring editorships work in this field mirrored her own and
so decided that it made sense to bring
than 10,000 motor magazines, and
hundreds of thousands of press and
GUILD MEMBER Steve Hughes has been appointed these archives together under one roof, private photographs, slides, digital and
motoring editor of Trinity Mirror North East, which creating one very substantial resource. other images. This joint resource also
includes his two former newspapers, the Newcastle Anne Hope, who is a Guild Life contains videos, films, CDs, DVDs, and
Evening Chronicle and Journal. member, began accumulating electronic records, and is continually
In addition to these two north-east daily documentation and industry records in acquiring new material.
publications he is also appointed motoring editor of the 1960s, and having cut her journalism
the Teesside Gazette, which is the third major daily teeth on The Sun, she was soon put in Dawn of the industry
newspaper in Trinity Mirror’s North East portfolio. charge of the newspaper’s library. When These combined resources form one of
Steve was motoring editor of the Newcastle-based The Sketch closed its doors, she was the largest archives of worldwide motor
Evening Chronicle and also the Journal daily morning offered the newspaper’s motoring records industry related material in the UK. Most
newspaper before becoming the main news content and archives; MIA was born and has been material is held in its original paper
provider for Driving Force, which was initially part of growing rapidly ever since. format, with some items dating back to
Trinity Mirror. Driving Force is now an independent Even after her husband, Marcus the dawn of the motor industry. These
operation that continues to provide a service to Jacobson MBE, Chief Engineer of the resources are used mainly for research
Trinity Mirror. Automobile Association for 17 years, and reference by the motor publishing
Steve’s appointment as motoring editor of the passed away in 2003, Anne continued to industry, writers, graduates, students,
Teesside Gazette follows the retirement of David build the archives drawing on her wealth universities, colleges, private individuals,
Whinyates, who had held the position for many years. of knowledge and her many contacts. vehicle restorers and ‘petrol-heads’.
The appointment as motoring editor of three of the Glen Smale was born in South Africa A website – www.virtualmotorpix.com
UK’s largest regional daily titles, as well as associated and has nurtured a lifetime interest in the – is under development to act as a
Trinity Mirror North East publications and on-line automotive industry. Putting this passion doorway to this vast archive, while the
content, is in the form of a negotiated contract. into practice, Glen founded Automotive Facebook and Twitter also feature regular
Contact details are: Steve Hughes, Motoring Editor, Research in 1994. For years he supplied update: just look under Virtual Motorpix.
Trinity Mirror North East, Rivermede, 110 Runnymede information and imagery to most of the I MARGAUX SMALE
Road, Ponteland NE20 9HL. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01661 872630.
Mob: 07739 173720. Wedding bells in Wokingham for Anne
CONGRATULATIONS TO Anne Hope and Tom Smith who tied the knot on 10 August.
Guild life member Anne and Tom, who have known each other for about two years,
Who was Cambrian? decided to get married in the Wokingham Registry Office, Berkshire.
Anne’s late husband, Marcus Jacobson MBE who was the Chief Engineer at the
DOES ANY Guild member know the identity of AA for 17 years, sadly passed away in 2004 after three happy decades of marriage.
a motoring journalist who wrote under the Following Marcus’s death, Anne found herself alone in a large
pseudonym of ‘Cambrian’ in the 1950s and 1960s house for several years before meeting Tom, with whom she
for the publications Autocar and Motor? shares a strong interest in books.
We have been contacted by a member of the The wedding ceremony was followed by a reception RM Auctions
public who was an apprentice at Austin in the 1950s at the ‘Two Pops’ public house in Finchampstead Road, THE Managing Director of RM
and would like to make reference to an obituary Wokingham, and was attended by around 20 friends Auctions is Max Girardo, not
‘Cambrian’ wrote for the Motor Trader in 1967. and family. The happy couple then left for a short break Girado, as stated in the story
If you know who ‘Cambrian’ was or is and his in London before starting their new life together where on page 3 in last month’s
whereabouts, please contact the honorary secretary they hope to find a new house in the Wokingham area. Update. We apologise for
Chris Adamson who will forward the information. We wish Anne and Tom everything of the best for their this error.
future life together.
4 September 2010 T www.gomw.co.uk
Best business cars identified by NEW BOOKS BY GUILD MEMBERS
Guild member’s online magazine BANGERNOMICS BIBLE, the latest book from James
Ruppert, aims to tell the reader everything
he or she needs to know about how to
WHAT DO the Audi TT, VW Golf and Fiat good running costs. The full list of awards save money when buying and running a
500 all have in common? According to results, which range from the best city car car. For those looking for sound advice
Business Car Manager – the online through to the best executive, are on buying secondhand Bangernomics
automotive magazine for small companies presented in a special Best Business Cars Bible is said to explain in plain English
edited by Guild member Ralph Morton – supplement, available at how to buy a safe, durable used vehicle
they are the Best Business Cars in their www.BusinessCarManager.co.uk. while saving money.
respective sectors. “These vehicles epitomise everything This second edition of the title has
These models, plus eight more, have that a business car should be: they are been completely updated and is
been voted the ultimate machines for desirable, with low everyday running backed up by free lifetime support from the
company owners and their staff searching costs and company car tax, all backed by www.bangernomics.com website. It even offers the
for that illusive blend of desirability and manufacturers who offer decent chance to earn a Bangernomics proficiency certificate
business driver support,” for those who complete the whole ‘crash course’
Ralph explains. and buy a car they are totally happy with.
The Best Business Cars Bangernomics Bible. Publisher: Foresight Publications
supplement is said to break new Price: £8.99. ISBN: 978-0-9559529-1-3.
ground in the business/fleet See: www.bangernomics.com.
market in the way it is presented.
“It provides a magazine-style BENTLEY – A Legend Reborn by Graham Robson
experience but with all the details the history of Bentley, one of Britain’s most
benefits of digital media in a distinguished and charismatic marques, covering its
richer reading environment long and turbulent history from its creation in 1919
designed for viewing online,” to the present culture under Volkswagen ownership
Ralph adds. “We believe it and the unveiling of the new 205mph Continental
represents a significant step forward.” GT Supersports.
This second edition of Graham Robson’s book – the
first to trace the tenuous link between the company's
Guild 2011 Annual General Meeting date correction founder, WO Bentley, and its modern entity – includes
PLEASE NOTE that the Guild’s next Annual General Meeting will take place on a historical overview of the marquee together with
THURSDAY 12 MAY 2011 and not 24 May as stated in the August issue of Update. expert insight into the company, its owners and key
The venue will be the Morgan Motor Company. personnel as well as interviews with a chief executive
and technical directors. In addition, there are technical
specifications, driving impressions and illustrations of
Helen’s move is the sweetest thing every model, with specially commissioned photographs
of preserved models from the 1920s to date.
HELEN FRASER, most likely more well the UK’s most experienced chocolate Bentley – A Legend Reborn (2nd Edition). Publisher:
know to members as Helen Mound, tutors learning to hand-dip fresh Haynes Classic Makes Series. Hardback. RRP: £19.99.
has resigned from the Guild to pursue ganache, roll soft melting truffles and ISBN: 978 1 84425 491 0.
a new career – as a chocolatier! As a mould chocolate figurines.
motoring writer and former BBC Top Spurred on by a desire to specialise COLIN CHAPMAN – Inside the Innovator, Karl
Gear presenter, Helen (pictured below) in fresh handmade chocolate, she has Ludvigsen’s latest book, gets to grips with the legend,
spent 15 years travelling the world to formed The Dove Valley Chocolate Co, digging deep into the psyche of Chapman and his cars
test drive new cars and interview using the brand name Cocoa Mama to explore and expose the motivations that drove this
racing drivers, and dined in some of (www.cocoamama.co.uk). Where mercurial genius.
the world’s finest restaurants along possible, uses produce local to her Using his library, interviews and a
the way. hometown in The Dove Valley, Suffolk. thematic approach, Karl Ludvigsen
In 2002, she completed a Diploma Helen says she delights in creating has produced a 400-page book
in Professional Cookery. Helen new unique recipes and welcomes densely packed with information and
studied the artisan way of any suggestions. interpretation on Colin Chapman’s
creating chocolate centres, Update is sure many former career and related material.
using the fine-quality, ethically colleagues in the Guild will Colin Chapman – Inside the Innovator.
sourced ingredients. She spent wish Helen every success in Publisher: Haynes. Hardback. 188
time working with some of her new career. colour and 367 B&W illustrations. RRP £35.00.
ISBN: 1 84425 413 5.
www.gomw.co.uk T September 2010 5
INSIGHT / SMMT
The picture becomes brighter
for car and van registrations
SMMT media manager Jonathan Visscher explains why this year’s vehicle sales look more promising than previously
I Industry increases FULL-YEAR forecasts for the 2010 new car and van UK new car and van registration volumes 2009-2011
markets have been revised upwards by the Society of
its forecasts for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on the back Forecasts 2009 2010 2011 2012
2010 car and van of better-than-expected demand through the first half New cars 1,995.0 2,018.0 1,967.9 2,068.6
markets following of 2010. Despite July’s figures showing the first dip in % change -6.4% 1.2% -2.5% 5.1%
new car registrations for a year, SMMT’s improved on previous
higher than forecast has increased the full year outlook by 94,000 year
expected demand units since its last projection made in April this year. New vans 186.4 211.2 227.9 216,000
In 2009, the Scrappage Incentive Scheme provided a % change -35.6% 13.3% 7.9% 11.1%
much-needed boost to the new-car market and helped on previous
I Full-year new car to underpin growth, confidence and stability – year
market anticipated protecting production facilities, retail outlets and the
to increase by 1.2% 800,000 people employed by the UK automotive SMMT revises its forecasts on a quarterly basis through a
industry. Without the scheme and other supportive panel of industry market analysts
to more than policies, the market was forecast to bottom out at an
two million annual volume of 1.75 million or below that of last demonstrating the industry’s enhanced stability.
year. However, the success of the scheme last year Vehicle manufacturers remain cautious while the
masks the underlying trends in the 2010 market. economic recovery continues to gather momentum.
I Total new van Recovery will be restrained by weak private sector
registrations Monthly new car registrations, 2008-2010, confidence and a long programme of public debt and
expected to rise by including SIS volumes and outlook huge spending reductions. Private demand is expected
to weaken during the second half of the year.
13.3% above However, the return of sustained growth in demand
2009 volumes from large fleet buyers may help to offset this.
So while for the remainder of the year, SMMT
expects figures to fall in direct comparison with the
latter months of 2009, the reality is a stability that will
set the market in good stead for 2011. And as we look
ahead to next year, there are certainly still challenging
conditions with industry looking to government to
support R&D in addition to enhancing access to
affordable finance and credit to allow private
investment in new technology.
With the assistance of the Automotive Council, the
As the above chart demonstrates, with the UK automotive industry has the potential to extend its
scrappage boost split out from the total number of position as a world leader for low carbon technology
registrations, it is clear that the 2010 registration levels and to enhance its standing as a prime location for
are the same or better than every month in 2009, international investment.
Diary 4 Sep Guild Bring Your Own Car Day, Bucks/Herts. 2 Oct MCC Edinburgh Trial.
Email Information 22 Sep Halcyon’s Lunch, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 14 Oct SMMT Test Day. South-West, Bath Race Course
for inclusion on Fleet Street, London. (by invitation).
relevant events to: 23 Sep SMMT Test Day, Wetherby, West Yorkshire (by 9 Dec Guild Annual Dinner & Awards, RAC, London.
email@example.com. invitation). Jan 2011 MCC Exeter Trial
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NEWS / INDUSTRY
Ford Team Jill to run Cardiff half MIA makes
the case for
marathon in aid of Marie Curie motorsport
SIX FORD runners are training and fundraising for the THE MIA (Motorsport
Cardiff half marathon in support of a Guild member Industry Association)
Robin Roberts who is raising money in memory of his recently took leading
wife Jill, who died of cancer last year. employers from the
Ford Team Jill was formed at the October 2009 at Jill’s motorsport industry to
funeral, when Ford’s UK press office team members meet key members of
decided to sign up for the 2010 Cardiff half marathon the British Parliament to
and raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. highlight the value and
The team was founded by Bob Wright, his wife Bev importance of the
and Oliver Rowe, who have since been joined by the Ready for the off: James, Oliver and Dan industry to the new
press office’s Dan Jones, Oliver’s brother James and Bob’s coalition Government.
friend Rory Stone. Marie Curie Cancer Cure, whose nurses the family has been since her death, by the support given The new Government
looked after Jill at Holme Towers, Penarth, has already by her professional and personal friends. They are raising has made it clear that it
benefited from donations in her honour and the runners much needed funds for charities for which she had sees high-technology
will add to this amount. particularly strong affinities.” engineering, focused
Ford Team Jill is now seeking sponsorship for Marie Jill worked in PR in Cardiff and Newport for more than on exports, as key to
Cure ahead of the race on 17 October. Launching its 20 years. Testimony to her professional skills and Britain’s future.
www.justgiving.com/fordteamjill webpage, team captain personal commitment was widespread and included MIA members
Bob Wright said: “We want to match the £4,500 raised support from celebrity comedian Steve Coogan as well as showcased their products
so far in memory of a lovely natured, ever-cheerful lady. the late Princess of Wales for a 1997 charity breast and their diversity to MPs
We appeal to Ford colleagues in Essex, Wales and cancer awareness campaign. and Peers in a ‘Gallery of
elsewhere, our industry colleagues and the journalists we I REMEMBER TO support Guild chairman Charlotte Motorsport Excellence’
work with – many of whom fondly remember Jill – to dig Blight, who is also raising money for Marie Curie within the Royal Court at
deep in support.” Cancer Care on the Ladies’ Challenge Driving Day in the House of Lords. More
Robin, who lives near Ford’s Bridgend engine plant, September (Update, August). than 60 MPs accepted an
said: “Jill would have been heartened and touched, as Visit: www.justgiving.com/heelsonfire. invitation to the MIA
summer reception at the
Lords, hosted by the
Time to book your place for September’s Halcyon’s lunch former President of the
FOLLOWING A successful spring event, the next Halcyon’s lunch will take place on World Car-Free Day – MIA, Lord Astor of Hever.
Wednesday 22 September 2010. MIPAA members, friends and colleagues – old and new – are welcome to attend “We are not seeking
the reunion lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, London. hand-outs, just strategic
Cost is £30 per person for a three-course lunch including coffee and VAT, with a cash bar from midday. To book, and tactical support,”
go to: www.mipaa.com. Follow the link in the right hand menu for online booking and card payment. Alternatively, said the MIA’s CEO
contact MIPAA general secretary Heather Yaxley: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 01722 711295. Chris Aylett.
New face in Kia press office MAIL BOX
GEORGINA KEITH has joined Kia Motors UK press
and PR team on a one-year placement. Georgina Guild’s legal service proves invaluable
spent the past two years at Bournemouth
University studying Public Relations and wanted to I’M WRITING to thank the Guild for and I’m hoping the matter is on its way
enhance her knowledge as press and PR assistant. legal services rendered regarding to a satisfactory conclusion.
Georgina, 20, said: “The opportunities and pursuit of a significant amount of I would have paid for this service, but
experience that I can gain at Kia are incredible. unpaid invoices. was delighted to learn that part of my
I hope that with my two years of studying at Alan Williams of Pipers was able to Guild membership includes an hour’s
Bournemouth, I can bring some creativity and take a cool look at the situation and free legal help. It really is invaluable to
knowledge to Kia and that will help me adapt propose suitable recovery letter wording be able to tap into an expert who
quickly to the fast-paced automotive industry.” and payment proposals. knows what needs to be done without
Georgina can be contacted on 01932 832079 We now have achieved two over reaction and with an eye on the
or by email: email@example.com. significant ‘stage’ payments (out of a result needed.
proposed four in total) from the debtor Peter Morgan, Marlborough, Wilts.
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Course (2006-2009). Work experience with Loaded magazine, Fire Radio, Listed Kia2 251 75
magazine, NME and Auto Express. Joined Auto Express products desk in 2009. Land Rover3 21, 25 or 281
Currently writing road tests, product group tests, reviews, previews, news and a Lexus2 21 70
weekly column. Airport Luton. 1st referee David Johns (Editor, Auto Express). Maserati2 25 70
2nd referee Charlotte Blight (GM). GM denotes Guild member.
Mazda2 21 or 251 80
I COMMENTS or objections on membership proposals to General Secretary McLaren Automotive CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
Patricia Lodge no later than 12 noon on Monday 13 September. Mercedes-Benz2 25 70
MINI2 21 or 251 70
ELECTED FULL MEMBERSHIP Mitsubishi3 70
ADAM SLOMAN and MARTIN WARD. Details in the August issue of Update. Nissan 21, 25 or 301 70 or 751
Perodua 25 70
MEMBERSHIP UPDATES Peugeot 21 or 251 75
JOHN BALL, who has been a full member for more than 50 years, has requested a Porsche3 25 70
move to the Retired membership listing. Proton 21 70
Renault 251 75
ALAN CATHCART has a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rolls-Royce3 25
Saab 25 75
JAMES MANN has informed us that his email address has not changed (as stated in SEAT 25 80
the Year Book mid-year supplement) and remains: email@example.com. Škoda 25 80
SsangYong NO INFO AVAILABLE
HELEN MOUND has resigned from Full membership (see page 5). Subaru2 21 or 251
Suzuki2 21 70
DAN GILKES has new contact details: Essential Press Ltd, Glebe Lodge, Church Lane, Toyota2 21 70
Barnham, Suffolk IP24 2NB. Tel: 01842 898473. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Vauxhall 251 75
Volkswagen 25 80
ANDREW MARRIOTT has a new address: Furnace Edge, Little London Road, Horam, Volvo 17, 19 or 211 70
East Sussex TN21 0BJ. Tel: 01435 813 892.
1: Depending on model. 2: Check with press department
PHIL WHITE has moved. His new address is: Viale IV Novembre 224, 62012 MC Italia. 3: Further conditions apply
He has no landline at present but his UK and Italian mobile numbers are:
(UK): +44 (0)7767 887494; (Italy): +39 349 849 7808. I Please note that manufacturers may have different
His email remains: email@example.com. insurance cover for events or launches.
8 September 2010 T www.gomw.co.uk