Welsh Motoring Writers - 2014 - Gohebwyr Moduro Cymru

Saturday 18th October: RNLI Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station was the venue for this year’s Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy and Automotive Achievement Award conferred on behalf of WMW by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Gwynedd, Edmund S Bailey.

The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy, awarded on the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the RNLI station at Porthdinllaen, marks the culmination of a multi-million pound investment in a new lifeboat together with a new boathouse and launch slip-way.

Coxswain Michael Davies said: “On behalf of RNLI Porthdinllaen I am delighted to receive the Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy for 2014. Over the past two years RNLI has invested £11m at Porthdinllaen with a new ‘state of the art’ boathouse and slipway together with the latest Tamar Class all-weather lifeboat - a key strategic component in the RNLI’s rescue service for the coast of North-West Wales.  The vessel’s two Caterpillar C18 marine Diesel engines which produce up to 1,001hp each at 2,300 rpm, allow for a range of 250 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 25 knots”.

The Automotive Achievement Award for Ken Jones recognises a remarkable three-decade-plus career in motor vehicle retailing.  He left his job as a high school teacher in 1980 to set up a garage business. Pentraeth became an early and innovative multi-franchise dealership with sites across North Wales and over the border in Chester. One of the Group’s earliest agreements was with Suzuki GB.

Ken Jones said: “It is ‘unreal’ to realise the significance of this award.  Working with major motor manufacturers has been an education. We have sold cars from around the globe and employed hundreds of people in North Wales. The name ‘Pentraeth’ and our slogan ‘Your Dealer for Life’ embody a culture which, I hope and trust, has been the inspiration for this award. I am humbled and deeply grateful to receive it”.

About the Awards –

The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy (from 1996) commemorates Wales’ greatest racing driver. A fire marshal ran into his path at the 1977 South African Grand Prix and both were killed. The crystal glass trophy is awarded to a Welsh man or woman for an outstanding contribution in the world of transport: Land, Sea or Air. It can also go to an undertaking or body with a special relationship to Wales or its automotive sector.

Inaugurated in 2010, the Automotive Achievement Award recognises personal or corporate excellence in the automotive sector. This year’s trophy was machined from solid aluminium and is inscribed: Grwp Pentraeth – Gyrfa Fodurol a Chyfraniad i Gymdeithas (Pentraeth Group – An Automotive Career and Contribution to Society).


For further details of the awards and for a full list of recipients:

WMW’s 2014 Annual Awards and Dinner were held in association with Suzuki GB plc and the Group would like to express its gratitude to the company for its support and assistance in facilitating the event. The dinner was honoured once more by the presence of HM Lord Lieutenant for Gwynedd and also Group Captain Peter Cracroft MA BEng RAF, Station Commander RAF Valley which works closely with the RNLI.


Liam Bird Liam Bird

I'm Liam Bird, a freelance Motoring Writer based in the South Shropshire Marches. I currently write car reviews and road tests for a number of regional lifestyle magazines and newspapers which are distributed throughout Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, most of Wales and beyond.

As a member of the Welsh Group of Motoring Writers I'm as happy behind the wheel of a super-mini as I am in the latest super-car. I have press accreditation with most of the major motor manufacturers, meaning that as well as always being on the look out for further commissions, I always have a number of cars arriving each month ready to review.

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