Hundreds hit the road for Pembrokeshire County Run
6:34pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
Vintage, classic and much-loved motors from across the decades joined the Western Telegraph County Car Run as it set off from Withybush showground on Sunday, September 1. PICTURES: Western Telegraph (1009932)
MORE than 500 classic, vintage and much-loved vehicles took to the roads of Pembrokeshire for the Western Telegraph County Run on Sunday.
The annual event, which takes in 92-miles of the county's scenery, draws motorists from all over Wales and some from further afield.
This year's run marked the centenary of Morris motor cars, the 60th anniversary of the Morris Minor Traveller and light commercial, and the 50th anniversary of the Ford Cortina.
It is also the 60th anniversary of the British film Genevieve which inspired run organisers Jeff and Sian Edwards to start the event in 1998.
Jeff said: "It was one of our best runs in its history. Our friends at our halfway stop at the Dyfed Shire Horse Farm were on the verge of opening additional parking facilities.
"There were also crowds of people all along the route.
"We would like to thank everyone taking part, including the spectators, along with our sponsors and our small and dedicated team.
"A special thank you goes to all our marshals for the first class job they did in keeping the traffic flowing."
Pembrokeshire County Council chairman Arwyn Williams, who was among the VIP guests on the startline, said it was an excellent showcase for the county. "This annual event is now the biggest event of its kind in Wales and one of the biggest in the UK," he told participants. "As you drive along the highways and byways of our county you'll see just how beautiful it is and what makes it so special for those of us who live here."
Mike Davies, president of Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society which owns the Withybush showground where the run starts and finishes, welcomed participants and said: "We are proud and privileged to be able to host such a wonderful event."
They were joined in waving motorists across the startline by common crier David Rye, the mayor of Haverfordwest Jackie Westrup and the chairman of Rudbaxton Community Council David Lloyd.
As well as promoting Pembrokeshire and giving participants and spectators a chance to enjoy the huge variety of vehicles on show, the run also raises money for the British Heart Foundation through the sale of programmes.
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