The Metropole was thrilled to welcome Top Gear to the hotel recently – the team stayed for several nights while filming for the new series on location in the spectacular Elan Valley.
Look out for the Claerwen reservoir, and other famous local landmarks when it’s screened.
Mid Wales is renowned for having some of the best roads for fun driving in the entire UK – quiet, winding, deserted and offering stunning views.
In fact, The Metropole is something of a mecca for car and bike groups, who often use the hotel as their base.
Two big events are on the calendar for this autumn:
The Historic Rally Car Register will celebrate its 30th birthday at The Metropole with an event called Autumn Leaves. Members will buzz along a fabulous route which includes such classic roads as Epynt, Abergwesyn and the Elan Valley. For more info visit www.scenictoursuk.co/7/Autumnleaves
Hot on its heels comes CRA – Classic Rally Association and HERO – the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation. These guys know a thing or two about long distance driving – one of their events is called Le Jog, the Land’s End-John o’ Groats jaunt that tests classic car drivers’ mettle to the limit.
In fact, Le Jog has become known as one of the biggest challenges a classic car rally driver can undertake.
Next month, CRA participants will be testing their skills on the fabled roads of mid Wales, and earning a well-earned pit stop at The Metropole! For more info visit www.craevents.eu/Events/rally_of_the_tests/rally_of_the_tests_2014/
source: Nerys Lloyd-Pierce