34th and FINAL VINTAGE AND SPECIALIST RALLY 2014
The day of our 34th & Final Annual Vintage Car Rally dawned dry and bright, which was a great relief after the deluge of rain at last year’s event. The weather forecast proved to be completely accurate and the sun shone from start to finish. It was an absolutely wonderful day. We had a record number of 1,700 exhibits entered and more visitors through the gate than we have ever had in previous years.
The Rally raised an amazing £80,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which is £26.000 more that our previous highest total in 2010. This takes the amount raised by the Vintage Rally since 1980, to £868,000.
I would like to take the opportunity to put an end to any rumours that the National Trust has forced us to give up the event. This is completely untrue. The Trust were happy for us to continue for as long as we wanted to, but we are all getting older and we felt that it is better to stop now, while we are in a position to make that decision, rather than have it forced upon us by health issues.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 34 years. The exhibitors, without whom we could not have had a show, our volunteers, who have willingly come along each year to make sure that everything ran smoothly, Newport City Council who allowed us to use the venue from the beginning and to the National Trust who are the new custodians of Tredegar House and have continued to help us in every way possible.
Finally I would like to thank everyone who has paid to come to see the show and has helped us to make the event such a success.
Gwent Branch will still be carrying on, raising money for Leukaemia Lymphoma Research, but just in a less demanding way.
For photos from the 34th and final Annual Vintage Car Rally, have a look at our Flickr album from the event.
We've put together a souvenir DVD to mark the final rally which you can order for £12 (plus p&p of £3) or download for £10. Here's a trailer with a taster of the DVD:
To order your copy of the DVD or to buy a video donwload please print and complete the attached order form with a cheque made payable to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and send to:
John Gaulton Independent Financial Advisors
To make a donation, please text BEAT15 £(amount) to 70070
Event detailsDate: Sunday, 21 September 2014Time: Starts at 9:00 amFees:
Re-live the event by ordering your souvenir DVD of the event.
DVD: £12 (plus p&p of £3)
Video download: £10
The Gwent Branch of Leukaemia Research was founded in November 1979 by Mandy Womack after her son, Timothy, was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of 5. Unfortunately Timothy died a year later.
In 1980 a friend of one of the members suggested holding a Vintage Car Rally to raise funds. This was held in October 1980 and, despite the torrential rain on the day and the fact that we did not have much of an idea what a car rally was all about, we had 68 exhibits and raised £635. The following year, armed with a little more knowledge and help from a few of the exhibitors, we were able to raise £2,100. It still rained but there were dry spells in between the showers. We watched the number of exhibitors and the profit increase each year and we were delighted, in 1986, to make a profit of £10,000. Last year, because of the dreadful weather, we only raised £26,000, but in 2012 we raised £51,500 and our best year was 2010 when we raised £54,000.
Over the years we have suffered from many trials and tribulations. There have been postal strikes, the wettest weekend in Wales since records began and the fuel crisis to name but a few. However the Rally has gone from strength, we now anticipate in the region of 1,500 exhibits and over 10,000 visitors on the day.
We are very pleased to be able to announce that the amount the Gwent Branch has raised since it was started in 1979 is over £1 million which includes the sum of nearly £787,000 raised by the Car Rally.