High up the order of business was a vote on potential new members. Two writers from the region had applied to join the group, both hailing from the south-western reaches of our area.
The first is Ben Harrington, a former firefighter from Cheshire. Ben runs his own motoring site, DrivingTorque.com, and has been writing about cars for almost ten years.
Freelancer James Fossdyke is another Cheshire lad, and will be a familiar face to many of us from launches and events. If you can think of a motoring outlet, James has probably written for it at one point or another — and if the Northern Group ever sets up a football team, he’d be a handy ringer for the goalkeeper position.
After a suitable review of their bodies of work, and satisfied that the duo meets the standards of earning a living as writers, the Group voted to admit both members to its ranks.
Also re-joining the Group is Graham Courtney. Graham is a familiar face to many members, as he’s been part of the group for periods since 1987, also serving as vice-chairman in 1996.