The 2015 MSA Spring Classic was based in south Wales at the Vale Resort, perfectly located for two days touring the west of Wales and England.
The MSA Spring Classic started on Saturday morning, although many guests will have chosen to spend the Friday night at the Vale Resort Hotel.
The cars headed immediately west towards the Atlantic coastline of Pembrokeshire for the first check point of the day at Pembrey Circuit, where morning laps of the track got engines and hearts properly warmed up. Pembrey hosted its first race meeting in 1989, the circuit fast becoming popular for testing by Formula One teams, mainly due to its variety of fast sweeping corners and tight hairpins. The circuit is part of the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) empire and hosts rounds of the British Rallycross Championship and British Truck Racing Championship, as well as many popular club meetings.
Leaving the coast, lunch was taken at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, where all the cars were formally gathered on display in the Millennium Square. Opened in May 2000, the garden has an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres, and boasts the world's largest single spanned glasshouse.
The afternoon was dedicated to a driving tour of the Gower Peninsula, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the British Isles and one of the first places designated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' by Parliament in 1949.
The route encompassed stunning coastal views and famous beaches and coves along the way, including the road across Cefn Bryn; a 5-mile long old red sandstone ridge commonly called the 'backbone of Gower.' The cars travelled through the villages of Penclawdd, most famous for its local cockle industry which dates back to Roman times, and the ever popular Mumbles, known as the Gateway to Gower and one of Dylan Thomas' many stamping grounds.
After a final stop at the Worms Head, the most westerly tip of Gower, the tour headed back to the Vale Resort for the evening's Gala Dinner.
Sunday took the event north through the town of Treorchy, before climbing up into the Brecon Beacons for the first stop of the day at Garwnant Visitor Centre. Set in 400 acres of beautiful tranquil woodland, this gateway to the National Park with its fantastic network of walks and its collection of wooden sculptures is surrounded by idyllic waterfalls and woodland. Calling in for refreshments at the recently opened Terrace restaurant, participants enjoyed sweeping views across the valleys.
From there the route wound past picturesque reservoirs and Llangors Lake, Wales' second largest natural lake, before a lunch halt at Llangoed Hall Hotel. Built in 1632 and believed to be the home of the first Welsh Parliament, Llangoed Hall houses an outstanding collection of paintings, drawings and works of fine art including artists such as James McNeil Whistler, Herman Dudley Murphy and Augustus John.
On leaving Llangoed Hall, a rural route meandered out of Wales and into Herefordshire and Worcestershire before concluding fittingly at Shelsley Walsh, the oldest motor sport venue in the world still running events. Hosting Hill Climbs since 1905 and attracting world famous drivers throughout the ages, Shelsley Walsh is a venue of unspoilt natural beauty that still presents the sternest of tests for the very best competitive drivers, although MSA Spring Classic entrants were more likely to enjoy the spectacular scenery and revel in the historic atmosphere as they climbed the 1000 yard course.
Please click HERE to view the 2015 MSA Spring Classic Entry List.