This year’s Festival of Transport road run from Bracelet Bay was to
a new finishing point following on from the problems encountered on
previous year’s road run to Laugharne and it’s one and only
through road which caused a heated exchange between classic car
and a number of unhappy locals and a blocked main road.
Using a different route for the first time meant that a number of
participants would be seeing scenery and using roads many of them
not been on before. The run took the various entrants up through
Fforestfach towards Penllegaer before turning towards Pontlliw,
new territory to some after being used to the coastal route to
The route used the corner cutting Llanedi road to come out on the
Tycroes/Ammanford road, following the main road towards Llandeilo
and the A40 to Carmarthen. It was just a short distance along the
that the slight drizzle that had made one or two appearances so far,
decided to get serious and turned into a rather heavy precipitation,
weathermen say, prompting a number of topless cars to pull up
and hurriedly erect their neatly folded hoods. A pity really, they
have looked better to the spectating town’s folk, arriving all nice
open and shiny.
A bit of confusion occurred as we queued up the hill to the Council
Offices carpark. The marshal on duty duly waved Sally and I off in
direction of a different car parking area in the town centre.
having been told to follow the car in front, we ended back on the
road heading back the way we had just travelled. This gave certain
members the chance to yell from the high levels of the Council
“Wrong way, you should be up here!” Have you ever tried to look out
a relatively small driver’s window to see the people doing the
who are a good 60/70 feet above you? I still have the crick in my
Having turned around at the next roundabout and made our way back to
the carpark entrance we were originally turned away from, this time
same marshal ushered us into the entrance previously barred. Perhaps
looked different this time around. Who knows?
The cars were parked around the walls in a display of classic cars
the Council building. There were other display throughout the town
centre in pedestrian precincts and other cleared areas for the
wander around and admire the assembled classics.
Car park with a view over the Towy.
Coracles were also on display.
The Veteran quarter was popular.
How many parking bays?????!!
The shoppers had a good display of vehicles to distract them from
normal trudge around the shops in the various locations used by the
council and lots of phone cameras were brought out to record their
individual favourites. Old cars do make people happy, despite what a
minority would have you believe.
The day ended with a sunny procession of classic cars thought the
precincts and out onto the main road for the journey home. Well done
Carmarthen and all who were involved in the event. The only
The shops were open!