Today I headed east on The Fire Bike and into mid-Wales for this little show at Pant-yr-Dwr near Rhayader. It’s the third time I’ve been and I always enjoy myself, not only looking at the exhibits in the show but, also the varied machinery which turns up in the bike park during the day.
Before I get started on today’s trip out I should mention the MGCGB Red Kite Weekend that was held a month ago. I help organise this one and went over to Baskerville hall on The Fire Bike towing the trailer. There is an event report here.
Back to Pant-yr-Dwr. The show itself is centred on the Village Hall which accommodates the main exhibits. This year there was some overflow to the area immediately outside.
There are a good number of bikes with a competition history but there are usually one or two Italian classics to report such as this neat little Garelli 50. The owner told me that he has had it virtually from new but it had lain neglected in a shed for many years until recently when he decided to restor it completely.
This was a machine I didn’t recognise – a 1964 Laverda 200. The tag said that it was orignally a barn find restored some years ago. It was for sale.
There were a few traders out front where this sad looking Ducati was apparently for sale.
As was this Laverda Chott.
The weather was kind and a visitors many. These two photos are of the bike park fairly early in the day.
People came and went and I chatted to a good few. I liked that this Morini was clearly getting used.
And had a chat with the owner of this Guzzi Nuovo Falcone who isn’t afraid to use it regularly. He demonstrated just how easy it was to kick start. I love these, the last of the Guzzi 500 singles.
I left mid-afternoon and decide to ride back through the Elan and Ystwyth Valleys. I might have said before how much I love these high but accessible Welsh landscapes even if they do have a man-made element. I took the chance to take a couple of snaps stopped above Craig Goch, the top dam in The Elan Valley complex of dams. The Autumn colours are beginning to appear.