Photo: John Williams
The quiet roads and superb scenery of the Welsh Borders over the next two days provide an ideal location for the VSCC’s annual Welsh Weekend. This key two day event in the VSCC trials calendar again returns to the town of Presteigne, where a capacity entry of 105 vintage cars will be reporting to a new headquarters this year at BW Roberts Garage with hospitality at the nearby Royal Oak.
Competitors will then tackle six hills in the surrounding area including the famous ‘Smatcher’ – first used by the VSCC in the original 1939 event - and ‘Badlands’ introduced in 2015, before returning to Presteigne for the traditional social gathering on the busy High Street. A further six sections follow on Sunday morning before competitors head to Cwm Whitton Farm for the final three hills in the afternoon.
As well as the trial over the weekend, on Saturday a Scatter Rally will be held to provide navigation and observation challenges for nearly 30-rally competitors in pre-war cars. As a Scatter event, there will be no set route, nor any timing beyond the need to finish by a set time. Entrants will plot their own route to visit a number of clue points, the whereabouts of which will be deduced from traditional grid references and spot heights.
The Rally Revival encourages three classes; Championship Class, Clubman Class and Champagne Class, the latter sees crews benefitting from much fuller route instructions. Based at Presteigne's Scout Hut, the event will be finished by 4pm when competitors will have the opportunity to join in with the social gathering in Presteigne.
The public are welcome to spectate on Satuday at ‘Smatcher’ and ‘Badlands’, both open from 12:00pm until 5:15pm on Saturday, while on Sunday Cwm Whitton which will be open 12:30pm – 4:00pm. Toilets and refreshments will be available at Badlands and Cwm Whitton.