Two of Scotland's most prominent motoring journalists, Jim McGill and Alan Douglas, have joined forces to create the first motoring and motorsport website for Scotland, Scotcars.co.uk.
The site (http://www.scotcars.co.uk), which has the backing of the Scottish Motor Trade Association, has also forged a partnership with S1cars, part of Scotland's leading internet group, S1.
“Having the backing and support of both the SMTA and S1cars is a major boost,” managing editor McGill, who created the concept for Scotcars.co.uk, admitted. “It proves right from the start that Scotcars is a serious player in the media market.”
Scotcars carries roadtests of all the latest newly launched cars; comprehensive coverage of all the latest automotive news from Scotland, the UK and around the world; plus it tackles the major transport issues affecting Scotland, including the Edinburgh trams and the M74 extension. Scotcars also covers all the major motorsport events — from Formula One to Scottish Formula Ford — involving Scottish drivers.
“Of course we're covering national and international events both in motoring and motorsport,” McGill continued, “but our primary focus will always be on what's happening in Scotland.
“This is the only website in Scotland which delivers such comprehensive coverage of Scottish motoring issues and motorsport. And we also provide a forum for users to exchange their views.
“Our combination of clearly written articles and high quality photographs, allied to our clean layout and straightforward navigation ensures users can get directly to the articles they want quickly and simply.”
The launch coincides with the second running of RallyScotland, the penultimate round of the International Rally Championship which gets underway at Scone Palace on Friday, October 15.
“RallyScotland is the perfect platform to allow us to show our depth of live coverage of major events,” McGill continued. “We'll be onsite at every stage. Not only will we be carry reports on the website, but we'll be firing out stage times and positions through our Twitter feed (twitter.com/scotcars).”
For people on the move, a link to every Scotcars article is fed immediately to twitter.com/scotcars thus ensuring they are kept up-to-date with any breaking news.
With Phase II of Scotcars' development due to be implemented before the end of the year, the website is set to deliver an even higher quality of service to its visitors.
“This is only the beginning of Scotcars' evolution,” Douglas said. “There are a number of exciting developments in the pipeline which will ensure we continue to be first to deliver motoring and motorsport news across Scotland.”
Note to Editors (Not for publication):
Scotcars is the brainchild of established Scottish motoring journalists Jim McGill (The Scotsman, The Herald, Sunday Herald, Scotland on Sunday, The Times and Daily Telegraph); Alan Douglas (BBC TV, BBC Radio Scotland, Scottish Field magazine and media consultancy, The Broadcasting Business).
Jim McGill — 07802-43-8883; firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Douglas — 07850-406060