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Welsh Rally 2009



FRIENDS OF LLANGOLLEN MOTOR MUSEUM


FIVE-DAY WELSH RALLY 2009



The Standard participants in the Welsh Mountains



The Welsh Rally, now in its 29th year was originally started by a Club Member, the late Ted Broadhurst and was usually based at Llangollen. Over the years, a fair number of Club members and their Standards have supported the event. For the last three years the event has been based on The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.


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Unfortunately, the numbers of Members attending this year was down on previous years. The Club was represented by yours truly with his 1935 Standard Ten, David and Judith Over with their 1956 Standard Ten and Charles Brotherton who had left his 1931 Standard Avon at home and brought a Wolseley Hornet Special.

We assembled at the Metropole from the Monday lunchtime, which gave us the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. On a five-day touring event such as this, the social aspect and the eating and drinking element are probably as much an important part of the event as the cars!

Tuesday morning saw the start of the first days motoring, and a lovely scenic route had been chosen which headed north to Llangurig, then West to Capel Bangor. We visited the Llywernog Lead and Silver Mine Museum, where we had a tour underground then coffee. Then on to Capel Bangor where we visited a hydroelectric generating facility, a fish farm, and a butterfly farm where we also had lunch.

David and Judith Over, well supplied with welsh food!


Wednesday’s run took us South East to the internationally renowned bookshop town of Hay-on-Wye. Charles Brotherton decided to leave his Wolseley in the hotel car park today, and navigated for me in the 1935 Ten. Several pleasant hours were spent in Hay-on-Wye, searching in the bookshops and spending large amounts of money! In the evening we headed to Brecon and had a cruise on the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal, with a buffet served on board. We didn’t return to Brecon until 7.45 pm, so we had a 25 mile drive back to our hotel, whilst it was getting dark.

Thursday run took us through the magnificent scenery of the Cambrian Mountains, and we saw picturesque dams, isolated farms and an abandoned ruined village, passing Elan and Cwmystwyth before arriving at Devils Bridge. Most people opted for coffee before boarding the Vale of Rheidol Railway into Aberystwyth. Unfortunately I had to leave the group at that point and return home. I needed to change over cars to my 1913 Rhyl and head to Winchester to take part in a Veteran Car Club Rally. If I had been able to stay for the whole event, Friday’s motoring would have seen a route via Knighton and Presteigne.

So another excellent event came to a close, I hope a few more of you will make the effort to attend next year and thus keep up the Standard numbers. 

Report and Photos by Leonard Barr

Thank you for the report. If you would like more information on this splendid event, contact Len Barr in the first instance.

Phil

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