New Guild Christmas cards available

The Guild has commissioned new Christmas card designs, which are available for sale in packs of 12.

 Designed by Netherlands-based overseas member Drew Meehan, who has been creating and printing his own personal Christmas cards for many years, the Guild committee decided to commission a new card as well as repurposing two of his previous works.

The new card depicts an iconic 1964 Morris Mini Cooper S, as driven to victory by Paddy Hopkirk in the Monte Carlo Rally of that year. The car is passing the frontage of the Royal Automobile Club in London – the spiritual home of the Guild of Motoring Writers.

The other designs in the Guild collection are of a 1939 Lagonda V12 ‘Le Mans’ passing the Houses of Parliament, and a 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Graber on a festive red background. All cars are driven by Father Christmas, and the inside of the cards is left blank for personal greetings and messages.

Drew’s first Christmas card was created on a whim in 2001 as an homage to the Art Deco posters of the legendary artist Geo Ham. It received such a positive reaction from friends and family that he used subsequent years to highlight special moments in his life, becoming a personal souvenir in both good and tough times to those closest to him. 

More than 20 years (and cards) later, Drew has found that the designs resonate with people around the world. He hopes that they will now bring joy and connection to a new audience of guild members and their car-loving friends and family. 

The Guild cards will be sold in packs of 12, with four cards of each design included. Priced at £15 (including postage and packaging) for UK deliveries, with postage rates for overseas deliveries on application.

Cards may be obtained by emailing Guild General Secretary Melissa Chadderton.

Simon Harris