Announcement: 2015 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year Jury

Johannesburg, South Africa – Following a vote by the Full membership of the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists, the following members of the Guild have been voted onto the Car of the Year Jury and have confirmed their participation:

Andrew Leopold
Bernard Hellberg Sr
Bernard Hellberg Jr
Bobby Cheetham
Charleen Clarke
Colin Windell
Denis Droppa
Egmont Sippel
Eugene Herbert
Gerrie Smit
Gerry Gericke
Hannes Visser
Jason Woosey
Justus Visagie
Lerato Matebese
Liana Reiners
Lindsay Smyth
Malcolm Kinsey
Mark Holdsworth
Mark Smyth
Marnus Hattingh
Pritesh Ruthun
Ray Leathern
Reuben van Niekerk
Roger Houghton
Roger McCleery
Rubin van Niekerk
Stuart Johnston (tbc)
Waldo van der Waal
Wynter Murdoch

The eligibility period for vehicles that may be considered for the 2015 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year competition closed at midnight on 31 August 2014. In mid-September, all Full members of the SAGMJ will have the opportunity to cast their vote on which of these vehicles, the vote determining the competition’s semi-finalists.

In the first week of October 2014, the Jury will cast their vote on the semi-finalists in order to determine the finalists for the 2015 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year competition. The finalist announcement is scheduled for 23 October 2014, at the Inanda Polo Club.

With the sole aim of rewarding automotive excellence, the Jury will put the finalists through stringent testing in early 2015, before scoring each finalist against its direct class competitors, on aspects that include aesthetics, dynamics, technology and innovation, safety and value for money, to name a few. The 2015 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year will be announced at a black tie event at the end of February 2015.

The SA Guild of Motoring Journalists has run the SA Car of the Year competition since 1986, with WesBank – one of South Africa’s largest vehicle finance institutions – as its headline sponsor since inception. Hollard and Motul supply support sponsorship.

Issued on behalf of the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists

Bernard Hellberg Jr
Chairman: SAGMJ Car of the Year
Vice-Chairman: SA Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ)
082 350 2857 // bernard@tcbmedia.co.za

Enquiries – SA Guild of Motoring Journalists :
Adell de Vos
Administrative Manager: SA Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ)
021 855 1517 // sagmj@iafrica.com