Nicky Grist doesn’t normally enter events to go slowly, but a quiet drive in the country was exactly what he did on the Cambrian Mountains Tour.

Nicky was at the wheel of quite a rare car – a wide-bodied Toyota Celica GT-Four Rally. Built for the Japanese market, it is a lightweight road-going version of the Celica Turbo 4WD rally car , and has no electric windows, no ABS and a close-ratio gearbox.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Epynt Motor Club, and to raise money for the Wales Air Ambulance, 50 vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintage, started the event and all 50 finished.

The leisurely 145 mile route started from Llanwrtyd Wells opposite what was the Askomel Hotel, the original home of Epynt MC when it was founded in 1969 – and took in some stunning roads, with a lunch halt at Ty'n Y Cornell Hotel (on the shores of the beautiful Talyllyn lake) before finishing at the Belle Vue Hotel back in Llanwrtyd Wells.

Nicky was co-driven by Dave Howells and his Toyota Celica GT-Four Rally won Best Presented Car In Year award.

“Thank you to all the organisers for an excellent day out and a great route for us to drive through the scenic Welsh roads,” said Nicky. “I hope the Cambrian Tour becomes a regular feature on the Epynt Motor Club calendar.”

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