SHVR SUMMER RALLY 2012
The end of July means the SHVR Summer Rally and the Summer Rally means a weekend of fun and motoring, hopefully topless!
A good number of members met our Irish visitors in Fishguard on the Thursday lunchtime. They had decided to come over a day early and make more of a holiday with less rushing around. Denzil and Gloria met us down there and set up a table with Welsh cakes and Barabrith for the travelers to tuck into. A very nice surprise and a lovely thought on their part. After escorting them back to Swansea, we left them to it to have some time relaxing after their early morning start.
Friday was a free day for the visitors but not for the hardworking SHVR organising team. It was time to cross the tís and dot all the Iís and start the weekend with our visit to that fabulous car and automobilia collection that always starts the weekend ball rolling so successfully.
I could quite happily live in amongst the cars and forget about the outside world. What a collection of automotive history, superb. Better than any museum.
Saturday morning, time to head to C.E.M. Days in Plasmarl for the carshow preceding the first road run of the weekend and the weather is with us. The carpark is quickly filling up with a variety of classics and curious members of the public, keen to see the cars and join in the fun day planned by Days further over on the site.
Time to register in the showroom, emptied for the club to use, and pick up our goody bag which was given to each entrant.
Timís minder didnít look too healthy! Classics in the sun. SHVR on show.
he road run began about lunch time, with the cars heading from the garage towards Morriston and on up to Penllegaer and on to Pontlliw and Pontardulais. We headed out towards Fforest, Llannon and on towards Pontyberem. Taking the lefthand fork towards Pontyberem, we drove up the hill heading for the mountain road and some scenic views for our visitors from Ireland and Essex. No chance! Rounding a corner we ran into a long queue of stationary traffic. It turned out to be the result of an accident further down the road which had blocked the way, resulting in everyone having to turn around and head back the way we had just come.
As it turned out, most people knew where they were and headed towards Llanelli and the Trostre road to access the wetlands centre from the coast road. Some who didnít know the way tagged onto other cars they knew and followed them. Most of the rally entrants made it to the refreshment break at the wetlands centre and headed for the restaurant.
Cahill was sitting with his family and some friends and got hold of a kiddieís duck, which he proceeded to animate for the youngsters. However, when the naughty duck wouldnít behave, he promptly stood up walked over to the microwave and gave it 30 seconds on full power much to the amusement of the rest of us. Not so the poor woman on another table who momentarily thought it was a real duck!! Her face was a picture; unfortunately the camera was in the car so you will have to imagine the look!
After our refreshment break it was back towards Loughor and the marsh road, to take us over to the side of Gowerton to turn right towards Penclawdd and Llanrhidian. A picturesque run through Fairy Hill and Burry Green turned us towards Port Eynon and our finish at Horton.
Peter and Eryl had given us a great run around some beautiful scenery, unfortunately spoiled for the visiting cars by the unfortunate accident on the Pontyberem road. They missed some stunning views on the mountain road.
The finish was at the Bank Farm Leisure Site, where the team had organised us a Bar-B-Q put on by the site caterers. The site is a 75 acre camping and caravan holiday complex over-looking the bay at Port Eynon. From the clubhouse and road level the view is stunning for those who live inland away from the coast. The food was really good with a selection of chicken, sausage, pork steak and a burger that looked more like a discus. You could also have any of the side dishes on offer. The only fly in the ointment was a bit of a wind off the beach, but there was plenty of seating in the clubhouse for those that wanted it, with a bar and childrenís play area.
After our unexpectedly large Bar-B- Q meal we sat and had a chat with some of the others, before making our way home via the outlaws to pick up our dog. Home and put the feet up ready for the second day tomorrow.
It was a nice relaxed way to end the first dayís road run. We were welcome to stay as long as we wanted. For those staying in the Village Inn, it was a chance to return to the hotel and have a rest if they wished before starting again tomorrow and for the rest of us it was up to us when we went home.