The Gwent Branch of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was founded in November 1979. A few months later a friend of one of the members suggested holding a Vintage Car Rally to raise funds.
The first Rally was held in October 1980 and, despite the torrential rain on the day and the fact that they did not have much of an idea what a car rally was all about, 68 exhibits showed and raised £635. The following year, armed with a little more knowledge and help from a few of the exhibitors, they were able to raise £2,100. It still rained but there were dry spells in between the showers. They watched the profit increase each year and we were delighted, in 1986, to reach the magic figure of £10,000.
Over the years since then they have suffered from many trials and tribulations. There have been postal strikes, the wettest weekend in Wales since records began and the fuel crisis to name but a few. However the Rally has gone from strength, and now anticipates in the region of 1,500 exhibits and over 10,000 visitors.
They are expecting over 1,500 exhibits, with cars ranging from Ford model Ts from the early 1900’s to American Cadillacs from the 1980’s and sports cars such as Stags, Morgans, Jaguar, MGs and many others. There will also be many vintage and classic motor cycles, commercial vehicles, tractors, stationary engines and military vehicles.
Added attractions will be a craft marquee, children’s amusements, autojumble, trade stands, and many other stalls. You will be able to buy refreshments from a number of outlets and a bar will also be open. The Wheel Specialist Cardiff / Newport are pleased to attend the event and sponsor this great cause. This is a great opportunity to meet the guys and chat to them about your wheels.
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