The Motoring Writers Guild

The Motoring Writers Guild

I’ve been writing about cars for a while and thought it was about time that I joined the Motoring Writers Guild. Todd (NZV8 editor) also decided he’d like to put in an application. To join, you have to submit half a dozen articles you’ve written in the last year, outline where your work is published and how often, and make a few other assurances. The Guild committee then checks out you and your work, and makes a decision whether or not you can join. If you’re successful, $30 later you’re a member.

Being a member of the Guild doesn’t guarantee you’ll get cars, but it does mean that you are obliged to conform to their code of ethics. It also means that you’re on the radar of all the manufacturers, and there’s a kind of implied credibility.

The best thing about the Guild are the characters that belong to it. On our last launch (the WRX one), I had the pleasure of sitting at a table with, amongst others, Dave Moore (Christchurch Press) whose amusing stories are brought to life by his larger-than-life personality and Brian Cowan (ex-Editor of Autocar) whose knowledge of just about everything far surpasses mine. I had also shared a drive with each of them in the Impreza Sport R.

It’s a fun little family – no backbiting or animosity – and one that I’m proud to finally be a member of. It underlines the importance of being able to share a laugh with your peers, and to benefit from their enthusiasm and experience.

I’ve been writing about cars for a while and thought it was about time that I joined the Motoring Writers Guild. Todd (NZV8 editor) also decided he’d like to put in an application. To join, you have to submit half a dozen articles you’ve written in the last year, outline where your work is published and how often, and make a few other assurances. The Guild committee then checks out you and your work, and makes a decision whether or not you can join. If you’re successful, $30 later you’re a member.

Being a member of the Guild doesn’t guarantee you’ll get cars, but it does mean that you are obliged to conform to their code of ethics. It also means that you’re on the radar of all the manufacturers, and there’s a kind of implied credibility.

The best thing about the Guild are the characters that belong to it. On our last launch (the WRX one), I had the pleasure of sitting at a table with, amongst others, Dave Moore (Christchurch Press) whose amusing stories are brought to life by his larger-than-life personality and Brian Cowan (ex-Editor of Autocar) whose knowledge of just about everything far surpasses mine. I had also shared a drive with each of them in the Impreza Sport R.

It’s a fun little family – no backbiting or animosity – and one that I’m proud to finally be a member of. It underlines the importance of being able to share a laugh with your peers, and to benefit from their enthusiasm and experience.

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