Hot!Macan Spring Tour - North Wales

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2019/03/16 00:25:17 (permalink)

Macan Spring Tour - North Wales

Everyone gathered this evening at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells.
Pleasant dinner, convivial company and a chin-wag in the bar 'till late - so a good start!
 
15 Macans on tour in convoy tomorrow - should be an impressive sight.
 
250 miles on offer taking in the Elan Valley, Devil's Bridge and the Brecon Beacons. Great roads, great company and great cars, what more can you ask for?
 
Well, better weather might be nice. The forecast is wet all day - and when it rains in Wales, it really tips it down. 
 
Let's hope we all stay as dry as possible. 
 
More news tomorrow. 
 
Cheers,
 
Clive
post edited by Lancerlot - 2019/03/16 06:49:54

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    Lancerlot
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    Re: Macan Spring Tour - North Wales 2019/03/17 00:12:58 (permalink)
    Water, water everywhere  and only 11 of the 15 ancient mariners who started out, completed the full course today.
     
    The weather wasn't too bad as we set out through the Elan Valley towards Devil's Bridge and hopes were high for a clear day, but things can happen very quickly in this part of the UK and before we knew it, we were consumed with deluges of rain and gale-force winds.
     
    You could say the conditions were challenging as we set off again following our coffee break, south towards Llandello and Dinefwr Castle. Here we managed a 2 hour break for rest and recuperation - and boy did we need it!
     
    Refreshed, we turned towards the Brecon Beacons for the meat of our day's driving, but conditions continued to worsen as we encountered fallen trees, flooded roads and all manner of obstacles along the way. We even joined a Welsh farmer in his own farmyard but he seem pretty un-phased by having 11 Porsches in his back yard - and in that wild location, he probably sees not a soul in weeks in normal times!
     
    This last section was a classic 80 miler across the Beacons, first south, then back north again through Brecon town itself, finally arriving back at base rather later than anticipated. 
     
    A really exciting day - far removed from the usual benign site-seeing tour - and all the better for that!  Back in bar, we all felt we has achieved something special today and have enjoyed the camaraderie that comes through sharing adversity.
     
    Forecast for tomorrow is better, although not much driving is scheduled - so a relaxing Sunday …. and now so to bed.
     
    ATB
     
    Clive 
      
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Re: Macan Spring Tour - North Wales 2019/03/18 01:24:45 (permalink)
    So, this evening a pre-dinner cocktail party hosted by our friend and hotel owner Justin, then a 6 course taster menu accompanied with appropriate wines, followed by conversation and a couple of nightcaps in bar - so mellow is a word which comes to mind currently. 
     
    Today (Sunday) was an opportunity to please ourselves. The main body of folk popped off to Abbey Cwm Hir,  a magnificent Grade ll listed building just north of Llandrindod Wells. It’s well known for its hand-painted interiors and other diversions. Members took a look around the somewhat quirky interior accommodation and were treated to a light lunch. The rest of the day was then their own. Others decided to go their own way and explore the area.
    The owners Mr & Mrs Humpherston are collectors!
     
    Following breakfast, we indulged ourselves in a lazy morning decorating the hotel lounge with our presence whilst sipping a comforting cup of coffee, before our literary proclivities got the better of us and we decided to head off down to Hay on Wye, the world renowned book centre, to see what we could see.
     
    Now, I must hasten to say, this was not at all because it also gave an opportunity to drive a section of the excellent A44 towards Leominster with its wonderful scenery and sweeping bends or indeed revisit (sans convoy) the superb offering that is the B4520 between Brecon and Builth Wells – and be in no doubt, this 30 mile stretch of tarmac, although wonderful, has some exceptionally trick sections. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the vehicle on top of a hedge (not me) in Google Street-View! 
     
    A wonderful  weekend event and tomorrow there's the Becon Beacons once again, followed by a distillery tour and lunch, then a drive down to Chepstow as a grand finale, What could be better!
     
    Thanks to Mike and Adrian, Michelle and Julie for all their hard work in organising this extravaganza.
     
    Signing off and off home tomorrow. Thanks for reading. 
     
    Regards,
     
    Clive 
    post edited by Lancerlot - 2019/03/18 21:55:32

    The older I get - the faster I was!
    Past - 924T, '911 SC, 911 C, 911 C2, 964, 996, 996TT, 997TT, 997GT2, 430 Scuderia, 997TT, 997TTS. Current -Macan S, 991.2 TTS
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    Re: Macan Spring Tour - North Wales 2019/03/19 09:19:23 (permalink)
    Glad you enjoyed your weekend Clive. I know that Brecon to Builth Wells road very well and its possible to reach the national speed limit quite often! I do not envy the very high winds that you encountered.
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    Re: Macan Spring Tour - North Wales 2019/03/19 12:25:46 (permalink)
    There are many fine roads in Wales for Macans to explore.
     
    This one was taken at the Devil's Elbow in Sarn Helen in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, just south of Brecon itself and not remotely near our Saturday morning coffee break venue at Devil's Bridge (as you would suppose).
     
    Devil's Elbow, Sarn Helen, Brecon
     
    Beautiful View From Here Petunia! (Approaching Devil's Elbow)
     
    Regards,
     
    Clive
     
     
     
    post edited by Lancerlot - 2019/03/20 07:56:32

    The older I get - the faster I was!
    Past - 924T, '911 SC, 911 C, 911 C2, 964, 996, 996TT, 997TT, 997GT2, 430 Scuderia, 997TT, 997TTS. Current -Macan S, 991.2 TTS
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    Re: Macan Spring Tour - North Wales 2019/03/20 07:05:28 (permalink)
    Sounds like a great trip and perfect weather to put the Macans through their paces!
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    Re: Macan Spring Tour - North Wales 2019/03/21 10:26:44 (permalink)
    Anne and I would like to thank Mike and Michelle, Adrian and Julie most warmly for all the work they did in putting on a terrific long weekend in Wales for the Macan Register.
     
    It takes a great deal of effort, planning and attention to detail to deliver such a successful event, particularly in weather that at best could be described as trying and was more often biblical.  Despite the conditions, or maybe because of them, we enjoyed testing the broad range of capabilities of our Macan’s on a good mix of some of the best roads Wales has to offer. We visited an eclectic range of attractions from which I picked up only limited ideas for home decoration and am still struggling with the concept of Welsh Scotch.  But it was all grist to the mill and led to some lively banter in the bar.  All vehicles could be used again which is the sine qua non of a successful event.
     
    Once again many thanks
     
    Nick and Anne
     

     
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    Re: Macan Spring Tour - North Wales 2019/03/24 19:18:08 (permalink)
    Few of my photos (and i’ve added a couple of the above photos) can be found on flickr = https://www.flickr.com/photos/helengoff/albums/72157707608312634/ 
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