White Griffin Run 2012

North Wales - May 2012.
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This was the 24th White Griffin Run since the series started in the Millennium Year. 13 cars started from the Griffin Inn in Llanbedr DC on the A494 near Ruthin. We were led by the only known Cavalier Mk.1 1600 LS Saloon. In the convoy we had:- a super-rare Chevette GLS Hatchback a newly-restored Chevette Saloon with just 13,000 miles on the clock the oldest Cavalier Mk 1 in the world (the famous Lou) a rare Cavalier Mk 2 Calibre the only known Cavalier Mk. 1 LS Automatic a Cavalier Mk2 that used to be part of the Vauxhall Heritage Collection until sold off In all, a pretty exclusive line-up. The convoy also included our Scottish Highlands Area Representatives, who had driven all the way from Inverness-shire in their Cavalier Mk 1 Saloon to take part in this event. The run went along the “B” roads on the western side of the Clwydian range before turning (still on the “B” roads) towards St. Asaph and Bodelwyddan Castle, where the Greenwood Shows Vauxhall-Opel Day will take place in July. We made our way along twisting but quiet roads on the high ground overlooking the North Wales coast until we dropped down into Colwyn Bay and reached Llandudno seafront exactly on time. The convoy halted here and was joined by our Membership Secretary in his smart white Chevette Saloon and one of our North Wales members in his Chevette HSR. The cars were quickly lined up and our small stand inviting the public to donate towards the Glan Clwyd Heart Support Group was put up (the Run was in aid of the Heart Support Group; anyone who enjoyed our display was free to make a donation if they wished). We were joined by a very smart Manta "A” who paid the Run entry fee and lined up with us. We hope to be seeing him again at Billing. The three hours of our stay on the Promenade flashed past like 30 minutes, and it was all too soon time to break up the display and head home. Some were going straight back on main roads, but a good number of us re-formed into convoy and reversed our route to the Griffin Inn. Now we had the sea at our backs and the sunlit Clywdian Hills in front, drawing us on. Refreshments and a more socialising at the Griffin Inn followed, before we reluctantly called it a day and dispersed. Thanks to everyone for a great Club day out, and special thanks to Bryan and Marie Wilcox who organised it all. NB. If anyone wants to do the Run for themselves (minus the Promenade display), the Griffin Inn does B&B and camping – worth considering if you are attending the AGM there later this year. Griffin Inn, Llanbedr DC. 01824 702 792.