Butty Bay Run goes for another classic spin around Porthcawl

Since 2008, classic car enthusiast Ian Edwards has organised the Butty Bay Run in honour of the Miners’ Fortnight at Trecco Bay in Porthcawl.

The Butty Bay is a classic car run in which vintage cars set off from Aberdare and drive in convoy to Porthcawl and back again, stopping off at local landmarks.

This year the Welsh version of the London-to-Brighton Run is back again after a five-year break, with a small line of classic cars taking to the roads on Sunday for a dry run before the big day on July 4.

Ian, who was born and bred in Mountain Ash, says the idea started because he felt nostalgic about the good old days.

Classic Car enthusiast Ian Edwards with his restored Mini to launch the Butty Bay classic car run which starts in Aberdare and finshes in Porthcawl
Ian Edwards, who started the event

“My Nan had a caravan down Porthcawl, and like many youngsters from the valleys in the 60s and 70s, I spent all my summers there,” he said.

“For a long time I thought about organising something to remember those days, then a few years ago I got involved with GTFM Radio in Pontypridd and finally in the summer of 2008 an opportunity arose to finally achieve my ambition.

“After all, the annual caravan holiday in Porthcawl is part of valleys history and we should remember those times.

“So why is the Butty Bay Run returning this year?

“1975 was the last year I went to Trecco with my Nan and it is now 2015, so may I politely suggest you do the maths.”

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/classic-cars-butty-bay-run-9109774