SATURDAY 26 JUNE 2021
At last we could get away and enjoy the fresh air in our treasures cars. And they certainly did since the Chepstow Rotary Club staged its 19th Wye Classic car Run on Saturday 26 June. Some 69 classic cars took place, ranging from a 1923 Crossley with a canvas canopy roof through to less ancient BMW's, a Swallow Doretti, several MG's, a 1952 Bentley and two splendid Jaguar E-Types. Every year a different route is identified taking the competitors through some of the wonderful scenery that we enjoy in our region. Competitors left from the Chepstow Garden Centre marshalling area where many fuelled up with a bacon sandwich beforehand. At 2-minute intervals they received the chequered flag and drove away into the sunshine.
This year the route began with a drive through the Wentwood forest westwards to the 11th-century Raglan Castle where the cameras came out on that sunny morning. After a click, click, click and, for some a brief picnic, it was off once again. Then came a wiggly and long cross-country route around Monmouth, past Grossmont Castle and through Skenfrith and Pontrilas. The Black Mountains loomed ahead and the road narrowed further as the cars sped onwards to a waypont at the distant 12th century Priory of Llanthony. More photography while drivers checked their oil and water levels ahead of the next leg of The Run. Past the eerie Skirrid Mountain and famous The Skirrid Inn, reputed to be the oldest pub in Wales, and down to the lush Linda Vista gardens of Abergavenny with its famous roses and rockeries. After a short drive some teams took the opportunity to visit the Morris's of Usk garden centre on the outskirts of that town. The final leg took them cross-country after which they dropped down into the Wye Valley at Tintern where they finished at the Anchor Inn to be marshalled by the Rotarians in Day-Glo jackets. It was clear that everyone had enjoyed the drive, the waypoints and meeting the other competitors. And they also spoke of the magnificent Monmouthshire and Herefordshire scenery that everyone had enjoyed.
All but one of the teams completed the 100-mile 2021 Wye Run and received their Finishers Certificates that included a photograph of their car starting The Run. After thanking the organiser, Rotarian Mac McCARTY and the Rotarians for their efforts Rotary President Elect, Richard WICKHAM, then awarded the prizes. Ben KAVEINIR won the "Highest Mileage Newcomer" prize with his 145,,811 mile BMW while the "Best Display" prize was awarded to Tom & Rosemary WEBSTER of Dorset with their 1952 Bentley R-Type. The "President elect wife's choice" was the 1954 Swallow Doretti of Nigel WILCOX, Chairman of the Usk Valley Classic Car Club, while the "Car with age closest to that of the President" was won by Ian WHITEHOUSE with his 1935 Riley Lynx, although the car is still a few years older that the President!
Much discussion, both social and technical, followed the 100-mile Run but all involved spoke of the great organisation, our beautiful location, the splendid cars and those narrow lanes. The event was a great success with all profits being donated to rotary charities. The 2022 Rotary Wye Run will take place on Saturday 30 April 2022 and so put the date in your diaries.
If you are interested in joining or supporting Rotary or seeking more information please see www.chepstowrotary.org.uk
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