Here are some photos from Rebel's first outing of 2009 - a run around the Brecon area, South Wales (mixed cars/marques).
Despite the poor conditions of late we were blessed with pretty good weather given the time of year. For the majority of the run it was quite pleasant (if a little wet in places) with some frozen roads on the higher grounds, which made for a few sideways moments whether intentional or not! There was also a lot of mud on the roads, and other debris that had been washed down off the hills, but it didn't spoil what was an enjoyable drive.
It wasn't too early a start for most but it was bloody freezing and it did start to snow whilst we waited for everyone to turn up at the starting point. Here are a few pics from the start of the run (mixed cars):
Having left the start point we made our way up into the Welsh hills/mountains and were greeted with some excellent views. Visibility was good, although you couldn't really take your eyes from the road as it got a liitle icy in places. Once up top we were able to stop off for a short break and to grab a few photos:
We left the mountain stop just in time... there were rally stages being held that day and the paramedics and support vehicles were just arriving to take our places as we left. A short distance on we came across a moving obstruction (of which the guys towards the back of the convoy probably had no idea and were wondering why the extremely slow pace...):
The white and woollen 'obstruction' soon cleared and the sun was out, so it wasn't all bad:
We headed up and past Brecon and soon found ourselves in cold and icy surroundings. The roads were ice-covered and this made walking difficult enough.
Following the stop up on the frozen hills we were all pretty much in need of some food and hot drinks (well, some of us) so we made our way to our designated watering and feeding hole for the afternoon meal stop. I can't talk for everyone but the coffee was very much welcomed as was the meal. I think everyone enjoyed the lunch break, or at least appeared to. It was a good opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces as well as get acquainted with some new members.
Having left our meal stop we continued the run and made our way towards the mountains once again.
After a short stay at the mountains we were back on the road again and continuing the run.
We were almost at the end of the day so we parked up to take a few more photographs and to say our farewells. Many had fair distances to travel simply to get home - Surrey, Cornwall, Oxford, Bristol, Leicestershire... and thanks go to those who travelled so far to be able to join us for this run. In addition, thanks to all for turning up and gracing us with their presence and fantastic cars. Thanks ladies and gents!
You can see more photos from the day here
. Many thanks for looking.
Andy & Lynda (Rebel Motorsport Club)