It was a bit of an odd day for us, as we have never been on an organised classic car run before. We were impressed at the distance people were prepared to come (from as far away as Surrey, some of them) and only about half of them were Powys residents, so many had put up in B&Bs to make a long weekend of it, meeting up with old friends and fellow enthusiasts they had evidently known for years.
We were the 62nd and most probably last car to register, as the first we heard of it was on Thursday when we got our MG Owners bumf in the post. The oldest two or three cars dated from 1954-6 and had beautiful curves and running boards, and at the other end of the spectrum there were a few MGFs from the late C20th and early C21st (eg left).
We were a little unsure about the percentage of the mileage done on twisting single-track roads and very narrow, remote goat-tracks, as throttling back so much on blind bends, and sticking in second and third for the hills, wasn't suiting our little dragon at times. She was misfiring quite a bit at low speeds. Barty reckons she needs a slight re-tune. I think she might appreciate some Premium Unleaded...or some cough mixture.
The other drivers, and the cyclists and walkers we passed were cheerfully tolerant, thankfully, and we also noticed that the locals milling about in villages and pottering in their gardens (especially if they were of a "certain age" ie 50s, 60s & 70s) seemed genuinely amused and pleased to see us, with lots of encouraging greetings called out and cheery waves.
I didn't expect that, and it almost made up for my misgivings about the car's occasional struggles at low speeds in low gear. But when the 90 miles were done and we could go back home the twelve or so miles on a smooth, wide A road she was much happier and so were we. The Dog, however, could NOT work out why we went all the way to Machynlleth the long and winding way round and then immediately came all the way back, without thinking to carry on to the coast...
The Seaside is OVER THERE!
Mummy-Daddy - DUR! Sort yourselves OUT!
We think he was spot on, so from now on we will endeavour not to take him so far without including a chance to run on a beach and paddle in the sea.
We'd prefer - we have decided, on balance - to drive out en famille, choosing our own route and our own objective, although we thoroughly appreciated the effort put into the organisation and how welcome we were made to feel, so we will do it again next year, for sure.
But we have a strong independent streak, we have found, so we will strike out on our own, mostly, from now on.