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The North Wales Group "DID 2012"



The whole party that attended the North Wales Drive It Day


As with many clubs around the country National "Drive It Day" signals the start of the season and the North Wales Group was no exception.


Despite the poor forecast, the weather was extremely kind and saw fifteen cars attending the road run and visit to the Rhydymwyn Valley Heritage Centre at Rhydymwyn.




The heritage centre is set within the grounds of the ex military defence chemical works that produced tons of mustard gas missiles throughout the second world war. The site, which at it's peak employed over two thousand local people is nestled away within the welsh countryside and in the latter part of the war was also pivotal in the development of the use of nuclear fusion within weaponry.


After a "cuppa" the group watched original propaganda film footage of how the factory operated during full production and it’s importance to the war effort. This was followed by a whistle-stop tour of what remains - including sight of one of the tunnels within the cliff sides where the finished bombs were stored.


Left: Charles and Stanley Brotherton on their early '30s Avon Standard


The site operated as a chemical weapons storage facility into the 1960s but is now a protected wildlife reserve that surrounds the various buildings that still exist, many of which are listed. This unique centre is well worth a visit if in the area and more information is available via their website.


Following the visit all fifteen vehicles embarked on a road run across the beautiful welsh countryside taking in the villages of Rhys-y-Cae, Lixwm, Ysceifiog, Babell, Brynford and Pentre Halkyn before lunch at The Stamford Gate Hotel. En route to lunch many members stopped at "The Old Bakery" at Rhys-y-Cae for a photo shoot. The bakery is largely untouched from the thirties, including antique petrol pump and offers a superb backdrop to the cars. The gathering of cars caused much interest with the locals (people and sheep !!!!)                     Right: Vanguard Phase 1

Once again for the North Wales Group, National "Drive It" day turned out to be an excellent event that gets better and better each year. This event saw a warm North Wales welcome to Norman and Elizabeth Wright in their lovely 10, Graham, Sally and Stephen Hart in their wonderful Flying 12 and Charles and Stan Brotherton in their rare Avon. In addition there was a magnificent collection of cars including Standards 8, 10/12, 9 special and Vanguard Phase 1 along with three Triumph Spitfires, and a Roadster. To complete the collection, the line up contained a Rover P5, Rover 14, Morris Minor and an Austin Healey Sprite, all resplendent in the afternoon sunshine. 

Above: Graham Hart and Party in the 1938 Standard Flying 12

The day ended with the club raffle which raised over seventy pounds towards the new Gazebo before all returned safely home. A huge thank you to everyone who attended .... All thirty nine of them!!. I look forwards to the next big event at Cholmonderley Castle in May and the Diamond Jubilee Picnic run in June.

Bryn Heeley

North Wales Group

May 2012