At the weekend, 120 cars from the Light Car and Edwardian section of the Vintage Sports Car Club arrived in Llandrindod Wells for their annual mid Wales gathering.
The vehicles included a rare 1912 Iris and a 1913 Swift.
On Saturday the vehicle convoy took an 80-mile tour around mid Wales, passing the Elan Valley Dams, and calling in at Rhayader for lunch. Intrepid drivers also took their special vehicles off-road on Sunday to see how they performed. The event proved to be a great success, and one of the off-road sections was attended by High Sherriff, Phillip Bowen.
285 people enjoyed a gala dinner at The Metropole hotel and spa in Llandrindod Wells on Saturday night.
Justin Baird-Murray, Metropole MD said:
“We were delighted to host the gala dinner for the classic car drivers and their followers. It made the perfect start to the hotel’s summer season. We are looking forward to hosting this wonderful event once again in 2016.”
Local businesses also benefitted:
‘It’s was great to see both our garages in Llandrindod and Crossgates busy with competitors and supporters from the event. It is an event that has been coming for years and is always a great start to our Easter holiday trading,’ added Peter Knill, owner of Ridgbourne and Crossgates garages.
Helen Morgan, manager of the Glen Usk Hotel commented, ‘ We certainly saw an upturn in business at the weekend with over 30 rooms taken by followers of the classic car event.”
St.John’s Ambulance attended the event too, raising money for the charity with a cake stand.
Event organiser, David Crouch, said that the Vintage Sports Car Club has been visiting mid Wales for 30 years and staying at The Metropole for more than 20 years.
“We love coming to mid Wales as the scenery is perfect for this kind of motoring. The roads, although not totally empty as they were 30 years ago, are still uncongested compared to most parts of the UK, and make for a great driving experience.”
Vintage Sports Car Club www.vscc.co.uk