GOLDEN MANSION ROAD RUN
The West Wales Jaguar Enthusiasts Club organised a road run in support of the Golden Grove Appeal.
The charity has been set up to purchase and restore the Golden Grove Mansion for use as the first Welsh convalescent home for the treatment of members of our Armed Services and veterans, suffering from physical and mental wounds from combat situations throughout the world.
The road run start point was the car park of the estate, although the rangers opened the mansion grounds for the entrants to see the property and to enable them to take photographs of the cars in front of the mansion.
The Mansion in all its splendor. Keith & the ‘Teal Twins’ at the front door.
A few of us from the club joined in to support the charity and gathered at the start in the cold morning air. Keith and Celia brought the Aristocat out of hibernation for it’s first run of the year. SHVR now has Teal Bugatti twins! Patrick Burns came with his ever-immaculate British Racing Green version, accompanied for the first time, by Trevor Owen’s newly acquired French Blue example. Unfortunately my gearbox repairs meant that it would be a saloon day for Sally and I, as the Marlin wasn’t ready. A disappointment to start with, however, inclement weather on route gave cause for a rethink on the disappointment during the day!
The organisers had put a good three-stage route together, allowing time for coffee stops en-route during the day.
We left the Country Park and headed for Llandeilo and on towards Bethlehem. Turning right at the Llangaddog road, it was up and over the mountain road towards Brynamman. Climbing up towards the mountains, we got nearer the snow! It was sheer hell following Patrick and Trevor in their open-topped Bugatti’s in my warm and dry saloon, through the snowy scenery, I don’t think so!!
The first stop was at the Dan Yr Ogof Caves for coffee and a bun. For those who haven’t been there for a while. There are a lot more things to do and see, certainly since my last visit. Unfortunately, whilst we were enjoying our break, it decided to rain rather heavily. This lost us some of the open cars, a great pity.
From here the route took us to Llanwrtyd Wells via Brecon. Once again the there was snow on the higher ground as we climbed towards the Crai reservoir and on towards Eppynt. Despite it being Easter weekend, the weather seemed to keep a lot of cars off the road, which made the journey more fun for those of us on the road without the normal bank holiday crush to deal with.
Once through Beulah, we headed for the Cambrian Woolen Mill and stopover number two for those who wanted another coffee or to let the wives and girlfriends look around the shop.
An MG ZB, and a ZA came along, and a hardy couple in a D-type with no heater!!
Refreshed, we headed off towards Llanwrtyd Wells, Llandovery and the finish at the White Hart in Llandeilo for a post-event meal with the rest of the participants.
A full house at the White Hart You can’t keep birthday’s quiet with us!
A good day out, nice route and good company with five or six crews new to us. Perhaps they might feel like joining in with us all again.
New members?? You never know.
The organisers confirmed that they had raised £250 for the charity on the run.
For further information on the charity or to donate please see their website at www.goldengroveappeal.com
Photographs courtesy of Keith Turner.
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