Anne Bates reports on a recent classic lorry road run that sent the lucky drivers down some of the best roads Wales has to offer.
A couple of months ago, we featured Tommy Williams’ classic lorry collection of four Bedfords, plus a ‘Birmingham Bedford’ Austin. Well, on 2nd May, four of the collection were out on the road, as Tommy had organised a special road run to celebrate his retirement – aged 83 – from an extremely successful career in road haulage. Some specially-invited local friends also took part, and here’s what happened.
Starting from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, at 10:30am, the lorries set off with enthusiasm on the planned route up the A40, to take the right-hand exit at the roundabout over the River Towy bridge, and on into Llangadog. Here the lorries picked up the scenic A4069, which ascends the Black Mountain, heading towards Brynamman.
The participants, having passed the derelict limestone quarries, headed on to Brynamman, before transferring into Breconshire (now Powys) to Ystradgynlais, and heading north up the Tawe Valley, and climbing to Crai before starting the long descent to Defynnog and Sennybridge. The lorries then headed for Brecon, before taking the A470 over into the Wye Valley and up to Builth Wells. After this they turned back towards Carmarthenshire, down the A483, passing through Llanwrtyd Wells to the Sugar Loaf, Llandovery and back to Llandeilo.
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