This year’s Taith Eryri was the fourth edition of what has become a popular annual event in support of Wales Air Ambulance. It is a tour taking in the beautiful Snowdonia scenery and is a social event organised by Ifor Davies, family and friends that does not contain any competitive sections. This year’s route was easy to follow through the roadbook supplied by the organisers.
The event was open to classic and sporting cars and limited to sixty entries. Spardun Motorsport Pwllheli kindly supplied the rally plates and donated an award for the best presented car, which was presented to Ger Roberts for his immaculately turned out black Mini. Williams Denton Accountants of Bangor kindly supported the production of the roadbook. After signing-on and collecting plates and roadbooks, the full entry of sixty crews left the start venue at Parc Glynlliffon (just off the A499 Caernarfon to Pwllheli Road) to embark on a route of about 80 miles. The first part headed into Eifionnydd in a loop towards Pentrefelin and Morfa Bychan, then to Porthmadog and Harlech via the old road and on to a lunch halt at Llandanwg. The afternoon route followed the lanes to the east and above Harlech to Llandecwyn, then on to Maentwrog, Croesor, Llanfrothen and via Cwmstradlyn to Garndolbenmaen. By now the morning drizzle and cloud had given way to a warm, sunny afternoon and crews were treated to fantastic clear views of the Lleyn Peninsula and Snowdonia at its very best. The final section went through Nebo and Penygroes to the finish at the Air Ambulance base at Dinas Dinlle where the first crews arrived soon after 4 pm.
Meirion Gadd had organised a raffle to support the cause and sold more than £200 worth of tickets. The Club had also collected £1,300 through various activities over the past 18 months. These sums were added to £1,675 realised by Taith Eryri on the day, enabling us to hand over a total of £3,175 to the Wales Air Ambulance.
Winners of the raffle prizes were:
1st: Rhys Jones - Standard Nissan Micra (suitable for autotesting), courtesy of Cefni Garage.
2nd: Gwyneth Mair - MOT voucher, courtesy of AVW, Caernarfon.
3rd: Gwenan Jones - MOT Voucher - Full valet, courtesy of Pro Valet.
4th: Jamie Jones – mystery prize, courtesy of Motorsport Tools.
5th: Deanna Roberts - 2 x membership to C&A - courtesy of the club.
Thanks to all who kindly donated the prizes and to Meirion for organising the raffle.