THE SNOW­DO­NIA TOUR

Fine Fords take to the hills.

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The ninth Snow­do­nia Tour was held a week ear­lier this year in or­der to guar­an­tee bet­ter weather as 2015 was slightly damp. What a great plan that turned out to be, as the tour must have had a year’s worth of rain over the course of the week­end! It was hor­ren­dous weather, but ev­ery­one put the weather to one side and en­joyed ev­ery minute once again!

The tour kicked off with lots of peo­ple ar­riv­ing at base camp in their clas­sic Fords with Cross­flows, Pin­tos, BDAs and Zetecs be­ing heard in the for­est where the log cab­ins were lo­cated. The other res­i­dents and campers were in awe as the cars turned up from all over the UK in­clud­ing the Isle Of Man and Scot­land and even Ire­land. Cer­tainly some miles had been chewed up even be­fore the tour even be­gan!

Soon, the Fri­day evening meet, greet and meal was in full swing with a few bev­er­ages, and laughs be­ing con­sumed upon see­ing old friends from 12 months ago. Fol­low­ing a few beers, peo­ple hit the lodges and tents ready for the usual sign­ing-on sce­nario the fol­low­ing morn­ing, and the first wel­come brief­ing.

From the off

At 9.45 am 110 clas­sic Fords be­gan Stage 1 of their route to the lunch stop at Devil’s Bridge where all the funny hats and fancy dress cos­tumes could be seen in all their glory! Peo­ple were very keen this year to get their hands on the Best Hat award with some mag­nif­i­cent cre­ations be­ing in­vented! The over­all win­ner was a su­perb full cos­tume by Lewis Dempsey in his Banana­man out­fit which brought smiles and laugh­ter wher­ever he went which is what the tour is all about: to have a happy time with like­minded peo­ple do­ing what we en­joy do­ing most — driv­ing our cars.

Fol­low­ing our stop, we de­parted and drove through Aberys­t­wyth to Bwlch Nant Yr Arian, the

Red Kite sanc­tu­ary and parked up on a pri­vate road over­look­ing the sanc­tu­ary for a well de­served cup of tea.

The con­voy then made its way onto the third and fi­nal stage around the Nant Y Moch reser­voirs near Aberys­t­wyth. The weather was ex­tremely wet but vis­i­bil­ity was good and the pho­tos are amaz­ing with old Fords go­ing through water splashes with dis­be­lief on some of the par­tic­i­pants’ faces!

Fi­nally the con­voy reached Base Camp for the bril­liant so­cial evening and meal fol­lowed by a char­ity auc­tion and raf­fle. Peo­ple are so gen­er­ous when it comes to do­nat­ing raf­fle prizes and some bril­liant auc­tion prizes saw this evening boost the group’s to­tal amount raised. One mem­ber also had a spon­sored beard shave which saw his mas­sive beard be­ing de­stroyed live on Face­book and he kindly do­nated a fur­ther £900 bring­ing the to­tal for the week­end to an amaz­ing £13,151 with a run­ning to­tal of over £46,000 be­ing raised for the chil­dren’s hos­pice, Hope House Hos­pice/ Ty Gobaith.

Fi­nal stages

Day 2 saw some sore heads as the con­voy de­parted for Stage 4 through the beau­ti­ful moun­tains of Snow­do­nia which were topped with low cloud and damp roads mak­ing for even more amaz­ing pho­to­graphs. There were some of the usual ter­mi­nal break­downs be­fore the con­voy lined up for the big­gest and long­est ever snaking con­voy of clas­sic Fords me­an­der­ing be­sides Mount Snow­don. The tourists in the area who were driv­ing past re­ally could not be­lieve what they were see­ing as they clocked the mag­nif­i­cent dis­play of colours and crazy hats!

Due to a cou­ple of break­downs and some very tired driv­ers, the third stage was held un­til af­ter the awards cer­e­mony in which the Car Of The Tour was voted to be the mag­nif­i­cent Mus­tang. Other awards were also pre­sented in­clud­ing Fur­thest Trav­elled to our Ir­ish friends. Fan­tas­tic achieve­ments by all the peo­ple who won some­thing, but it’s the whole group that re­ally makes the tour so spe­cial.

“WITH CARS TURN­ING UP FROM ALL OVER THE UK, MANY MILES HAD BEEN CHEWED UP BE­FORE THE TOUR EVEN BE­GAN”

Carl Bed­ford's ST170-pow­ered Mk1 Es­cort makes the most of the stun­ning roads and scenery of north Wales.

Sorted Pop is pow­ered by Zetec — per­fect for the Snow­do­nia Tour.

Bring­ing a con­vert­ible might have been wish­ful think­ing... Early Capri 2.8i has been a rally car for many years. Where are we again? Is this 2016 or 1969?

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