Hi there! I’m Sophie Williamson-Stothert, but my friends call me SWS. I’m a full-time motoring writer and broadcaster with a passion for classic and vintage cars, good old-fashioned motor racing, and the written word. Proudly following in the footsteps of my father, I’ve spent many memorable hours tinkering with old engines and watching as legendary machines, on two and four wheels, battle for victory out on track.
As well as having a soft spot for history and photography, I graduated with a First Class Honours in (BA Hons) Motoring Journalism from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, in 2013. That’s right, my heart was set on cars and words from the start! I have since written for a range of titles and audiences including Autosport Magazine, Motorsport News, Car Dealer and Workshop magazines, Exclusive Magazines, and Race Tech and Historic Racing Technology magazines, working my way up the editorial ladder from Staff Writer to Deputy Editor. I have also held the title of Account Executive for two specialist PR agencies.
Where did the craving for on-track action stem from, you ask? Well, I first got behind the wheel of a classic Mini at the age of 10 and hit the race circuit for the first time when I was 12. As a classic Mini and modern MINI fanatic, I began writing the history of Britain’s iconic small car and the modern BMW marque in 2012. ‘BMW MINI: An Enthusiast’s Guide’ – the history of the Mini from 1959 to 2015 – was later published in 2016 by The Crowood Press.
As someone who feels strongly about encouraging, inspiring and supporting the next generation of writers, I am proud to be a committee member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, where I hold the title of Chairman of the Education Sub-Committee. I am also a committee member of Women On The Move Against Cancer (WOMAC) – an organisation made up of more than 65 female volunteers working in the automotive and associated industries, which runs events and activities to raise much-needed support and awareness for cancer charities.
It turns out I’m not too bad at this writing game either, as I was delighted to be highly commended for the Sir William Lyons Award in 2012 and the Newspress Young Writer of the Year Award in 2017.
My dream has always been clear – to be a prominent voice in the motoring industry, to support and encourage a new generation of writers, and to create entertaining, quality content that’s enjoyable for my readers and listeners.