Established 1976

Drive it Day 2016

What a difference a year makes. Last year our attempt at running a Drive It Day event was a complete disaster, which resulted in our having to cancel our booking at the proposed finish venue and scrapping the run.
This year the event was being held with the hope of raising funds for the Millie’s Fund appeal, mentioned in last month’s magazine. The run had been opened up to members of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club and a number of members of the Swansea Car Fanatics had promised their support as well.
The start point at Pont Abraham was bathed in sunshine with the promise of good weather for the whole day which meant a chance for some top down motoring. The spring like weather brought out a large number of different cars which took over the top level of the car park and caused a good bit of interest amongst the members of the public using the facilities.
Each entrant received their rally pack containing the route, a rally plaque, a donation envelope and a charity flyer which had a number on the reverse. A raffle with prizes raised and also donated by Mike Palmer was held before the start. The number on the reverse of your flyer was matched by a similarly numbered raffle ticket in the tub. Like all good raffles do, it brought out the competitive nature of the crowd and the disappointed looks of the unsuccessful ticket holders showed every time a new number was picked. With the prizes all dispensed to the lucky winners it was time to get the cars on their way.

 And the next number is ….

How do you fit these rally plaques?

 A good turnout this year.

JEC members supported our run

The route was a longer one than has been normal lately, in an attempt to have a proper day out like the club used to do years ago. With this in mind, the cars were directed up towards the Ammanford road before turning towards Penygroes and on to Gorslas to take the Maesybont turning over the picturesque road leading to the B4300 and on towards Carmarthen staying off the busier roads, and very pleasant it was too in the sun. From Carmarthen we took the cars off towards Newcastle Emlyn and along the side of the Gwilli Railway lines and a nice scenic run through the rolling hills and villages before turning towards New Quay and the main road along the coast to our destination at the Black Lion in Llanrhystud where the landlord had opened up the field at the rear of the carpark just for us to accommodate all of the cars.

The Black Lion our lunch halt. .

JEC make a further donation

The run raised over £770 towards the fund. Well done to all who entered.


Members of the Committee of the Swansea Historic Vehicle Register joined with representatives of the Ford dealership at Llansamlet and MacMillan Nurses at the dealership that has provided the start venue for the SHVR Summer Rally for a number of years, and also welcomed crews from the Kinsale Vintage & Classic Motor Club, as it has for many years within the 'twinning' of Kinsale and Swansea. Thanks to the efforts by the SHVR members the local club was able to present £1,000 toward the invaluable work that Macmillan Nurses provide with our community and the wider country. Present were (pictured left to right) Nick Thomas, Fordstore Manager, Patrick Pattison, Keith Turner, Jeff Robbins, Mike Houghton local Fundraising Manager of Macmillan Nurses, Mike Palmer, and Veronica Gale. For 2016 the SHVR will continue their long established tradition of raising funds for good causes through their motoring events, and the next beneficiary will be the Millie Scarlett Star Tribute Fund and The Bristol Childrens Hospital Charity, to further the obtaining of vital life saving equipment for very young patients, a cause very dear to the hearts of Stacey and her Grandfather Mike Palmer. Baby Millie was Mikes great grand daughter,  sadly taken seriously ill in Swansea with Meningitis and Sepsis b and who had to be rushed to Bristol Royal Childrens Hospital specialist care unit for critically ill babies in a special baby pod. That amazing equipment is based in Bristol,  the only one available in the whole of the West of England and Wales, hence the raising of future funds to buy a second 'Baby Pod' to be used in this area to help save babies lives. More information can be seen at