This year on June 12th marked the 5th anniversary of the Preseli Bluestone Run which has been organised by popular Pembrokeshire motoring enthusiasts, Jeff & Sian Edwards of Milford Haven since its start in 2011.
What was supposed to be a one-off event in 2011 has raised over £6,000 for the British Heart Foundation to date. The amount of people entering increases every year, this year’s event being the biggest ever yet with around 200 vehicles. Entry costs £5.00 for each vehicle and all of the proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation who are usually there on the day.
The magnificent convoy of cars left the starting point at Gelliswick Bay in
Hakin at 11:00am and proceeded through a sunny Hamilton Terrace before making
their way up to Haverfordwest, heading towards the beautiful Bluestone roads
along the Preseli Hills before ending in Narberth at around 3.00pm.
This year we were extremely proud to get involved and support such a fantastic motoring event with our Adam demonstrator as Team WP’s car. The Adam wasn’t the only car that entered with links to W. P. Lewis & Son though. Haydn and Janice Bateman of Pembroke Coachworks (sister company to W. P. Lewis & Son) entered with their Bedford Van as well as their Classic Mini. Jonny Palmer, one of our Technicians also entered with his Volvo 340 GLE Saloon.
The time and dedication that goes into the planning of the event becomes apparent when you read the comprehensive and accurate directions that Jeff & Sian provide to all entrants to guide them through the very scenic route. Jeff & Sian drive the route themselves prior to the event, calculating the distance as well as drafting the directions that everyone is provided with.
As we were driving along, people from all corners of the county were at the ready (including our Ieuan), usually with a camera in hand to capture images of as many of the cars that drove past. The event itself was fantastic celebration and tribute to both Pembrokeshire and its beauty as well as to all things motoring related, both the past and present.
The Adam certainly received a lot of attention on the day, especially regarding its colour (Arden Blue) and it’s clever, electrically folding roof which was folded down for the whole journey as it was such a sunny day. The Bluestone roads on the Preseli’s are quite varied with some that are wide and sweeping and others that are tight and sharp. The Adam, with its well weighted and precise steering tackled the roads with ease and was extremely engaging to drive.
All in all, a huge congratulations to Jeff and Sian for yet another successful run. We're looking forward to entering and supporting the Pembrokeshire County Run, also organised by Jeff & Sian which will take place in September. In the meantime, we’ll have to decide what Vauxhall we’ll be entering for that one – which one do you think we should enter?