Caldey Classic Motorcycle Weekend a success

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Published on 10 June 2019 by Mike Waters

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The Caldey Classic Motorcycle Weekend took place at Tenby Harbour on the weekend of June 7-8 2019.

More than 50 bikes set off from the pier at Tenby with permission of the Harbourmaster Chris Salisbury and Sarah Edwards of Pembrokeshire County Council. 

The bikes followed a 90-mile route through the beautiful countryside of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, taking in the South Pembrokeshire coast before heading north from Whitland through to the tea stop at Caffi’r Sqwar in Maenchochog. The quaint little village also supplied petrol for participants. They then took in the wonderful vistas of the Preseli Hills along past Waldo's Stone to Eglwyswrw, finally heading to Nevern’s Trewern Arms for lunch.

The afternoon route saw them visit the wonderful GwaunValley, past Gellifawr, and then head off to Tufton, Clarbeston Road, Llawhaden and Carew, then back to Tenby via Gumfreston.

There were many spectators on the harbour on Saturday and Sunday mornings and a good crowd gathered to see the prizegiving ceremony at the harbour on Saturday afternoon. Prizes were awarded by Chairman Dai Garland and Clerk of the Course Huw Adams:

Best Bike – John Mackay from Llandewi Velfrey
Most meritorious – Kathleen Evans from Bristol
Most interesting – Morgan Thomas from Nantgaredig
Chairman’s Choice – John Hobden from Plymouth
Biggest combined age of rider and bike – Phil Hallett 

Friday saw participants taken around the Tudor Merchants House and the RNLI Tenby Lifeboat Station. Participants were delighted to be shown the inside of the boat by the Chief Mechanic.

Sunday was a short route from Tenby through Wisemans Bridge, Amroth, Pendine and Laugharne, heading back to Caffle Brewery in Llawhaden so participants could purchase the Caldey Classic brew from club member Chris Salisbury.

Clerk of the Course Huw Adams stated: “Participants were delighted with our new location at Tenby Harbour and it provided a fantastic backdrop for the event. 

“The sun was shining and everyone enjoyed the relaxed format this year. I am sure the event will grow in popularity every year. We are particularly grateful to Alun Williams from Celtic Motorcycles and Scooters for sponsoring the event and major motorcycle media outlets for sponsoring the goody bags. 

“Our thanks go to all participants, who were mainly from the Pembrokeshire Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club, but there were also some guests from Bristol, Plymouth and Brighton. The furthest-travelled participant was Neil Collins from New Zealand. The event is the second rally that Neil has taken part in here in his homeland of Pembrokeshire.”

Picture: (L-R) Organiser Mary Adams, Harbourmaster Chris Salisbury, Chief Marshal Mike Simon and Clerk of the Course Huw Adams