The Dragon Saab Winter Run

A tour of the Brecon Beacons that took place in December 2013

Here’s Chris Redmond’s report from the event.

We all met at 10.30am at the Ty-Nant Inn just outside Cardiff, which is the base for our Monthly meets (First Tuesday of every month, for those who don’t know!) I arrived first at the Ty-Nant to meet and greet those attending the run. It wasn’t too long before people started arriving, First was Phil Ash in his Immola Red C900 T16S, followed shortly by Jonathon and Jane Jenkins in their 9-5 Aero, complete with Swedish Aircraft crown decals (where can I get these, they look the business!) Ian Meakin brought his 1967 Rally Spec 96 twostroke, the sound of this car is fantastic and always gets loads of attention. At the other end of the scale Roger Dyer brought his 2010 NG 9-5 Aero. Martin Lyons was in his 9000 Aero, Alex Harvey in his 9-3 Aero, Paul and Rose Kirk in their 9-5 Aero, great to see such a range of Aero’s.  We also had visitors from over the borders from GWS Car club and also Carl Byrne from Birmingham in his OG9-3 Convertible. A total of 12 cars attended, a really good turnout.

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Weather wise it wasn’t a great start to the day as it was raining but the weather report suggested that the weather would break and we would see some sunshine later on around lunchtime. We hit the road at 11.00am heading up the A470 towards the Brecon Beacons. A fuel stop was needed so we pulled in at the A470 Abercynon services for some of the cars to fill up. The garage attendant couldn’t believe his eyes as we took over the garage forecourt, there were no other makes at the station it was Saabs only!

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From the A470 we cut up through the South Wales valleys passing through the old mining towns in Convoy, all of us with our lights on, it was a sight to behold. After travelling up through the valleys we crossed into the Brecon Beacons National park at Llangynidr, North of Ebbw Vale. As if by magic as we entered the park the rain stopped and the sun broke through which rewarded us with fantastic views of the mountains.

Our first scheduled stop was at a parking area above Crickhowell that overlooks the National Park, this spot is a firm favourite with all the motoring press which comes as no surprise as the views are breathtaking, the cold December breeze was as well! but it wasn’t raining so there were no complaints.

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With the view enjoyed and pictures taken it was onto our next stop at Tal-Y-Bont reservoir. Following the twisty winding country lanes along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal to the reservoir was great fun and being at the front of the convoy I think I had one of the best views looking back at the seemingly endless entourage of Saabs. At Tal-Y-Bont we had a quick look at the views (and even more pictures!) before jumping back into the cars to head for a much needed refreshment stop at the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre.

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The visitor centre is above Libanus and has one of the best views of Corn Ddu and Pen-Y-Fan mountains, the most well know vista within the national park. The centre, as well as having a great tourist information centre also has superb tea rooms offering home cooked food and local welsh tea’s and cakes. Hot drinks and cake were consumed and we enjoyed the warm and cosy café surroundings. It was a struggle to get out of the comfortable tea rooms back into the cars, but we did it somehow, great to have those fantastic warm heated Saab seats to get back into.

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Onto the final stretch of the run, leaving the Mountain Centre we travelled west to Sennybridge enjoying the views of the Black Mountains before picking up the A40. Following the A40 we passed through Brecon and then Crickhowell before finally arriving at our finishing point, The Lamb and Flag Inn at Abergavenny where we were booked in for a meal to finish the day off.

The Lamb and Flag being recently refurbished and part of the local Brains Brewery chain was a great finish to the event. Everyone enjoyed their food and a couple of hours were spent with old friends and new having a good chat before all going our separate ways.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and it went very well, thanks to the great views, great cars and most of all great people.

Chris’ Pictures from the event.

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