Wirral to Llandudno 2015
Early morning rose at 6.30am. The weather was cold and windy. Time for a quick shower, breakfast and check the Elf over – water, petrol etc.
Being local, it was just a 20 minute drive to Bromborough from Chester – and I only saw one Mini en-route. I arrived to find almost 150 lined up waiting for the starter horn.
I had a nice chat to several old friends from various Mini Clubs from all round the North West. Wirral Minis, the organising club decided to take the scenic route through North Wales via Mold, Bodfari to St. Asaph, just off the A55 Expressway which carries the majority of traffic from Chester to Holyhead in Anglesey for the ferry to Northern Ireland.
En-route we had a stop at Rhos on Sea (Colwyn Bay) to allow everyone to catch up. You can imagine how difficult it is to keep a convoy of 150 plus Minis together! From here we continued to Llandudno and ascended the Great Orme, a Granite mountain which erupted many centuries ago to a height of 679 feet above sea level.
Once we had paid our £1 toll (£2 to the average motorist, but as we are only half the length of today’s vehicles we got a discount!) we ascended the monolithic tor. At the summit we parked in centre of the car park, a bit like sheep in a pen. Many of just opted to stay in the vehicles as the temperature was down to 4-5 degrees C.
The Minis were buffeted by the high wind but held their ground before we made our way down the zig-zag road back to the promenade where we parked up in a neat fashion for visitors to inspect.
A few of the clubs from further afield like Manchester and North Liverpool decided to make their way home early due to the high winds so the display on the promenade was slightly smaller than previous years when we normally have 200 cars.
A great run enjoyed by all and a round trip for me of 150 miles taking my mileometer over 58,000 in my 51 year old Riley Elf.