About Us

The Northern Group of Motor Writers is the oldest regional group of automotive journalists in the UK.

First founded in 1973, the group is open to professional motoring writers across the North of England. Our membership of almost 40 writers includes both print and digital journalists from Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland — one of the largest areas of any regional group.

Our area features some of the most spectacular scenery and driving roads in the country, along with two of the finest circuits in Croft and Oulton Park. We’re also well served for transport links, including: the M1, A1M, and M6 motorways; West Coast, East Coast, and Midland Main Line railways; and Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, and Newcastle Airports

It’s little wonder many vehicle manufacturer PR offices choose the region for driving events, launches and their own vehicle imagery. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) also holds an annual test day in the region, usually based at Wetherby Racecourse.

The group meets frequently at locations around the territory. These include manufacturer-sponsored driving days, dinners, and other events such as 2018’s off-road experience. Our regular meetings take place at the Thorpe Park Hotel in Leeds, and we also hold our own annual driving day to determine the Northern Car of the Year.

Chairman: Julie Marshall
Vice Chairman: Andy Harris
General Secretary, Welfare Officer, Auditor: Alan Domville
Treasurer: Bernard Gent
Meetings Secretary, Membership Secretary: Frederic Manby
Newsletter Editor: David Whinyates
Website Editor: Andrew Evans