Hedd Wyn Classic Car Run
Huw Landeg Morris
27/07/2017 10:00am - 31/01/2017 10:00pm
Meysydd y gad - Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf
In July 1917, Ellis Humphrey Evans (Hedd Wyn) from Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd, was killed in the First World War, during the Battle of Passchendaele. On the centenary of his death, a classic car run has been organised to coincide with the centenary events of his death and it is envisaged that approximately 20 cars will travel from Wales to Ypres, in July 2017. Those travelling on the run will be able to attend the service and other events at the First World War battlefields. The journey will take place between 27th to 31st July and will leave Swansea at 10 am on the 27th. The aim is to arrive at Ypres on the 28th and to display the cars on route.
Hedd Wyn, was one of the most famous Welsh poets of the 20th century and was awarded the “Gadair Ddu”, or Black Chair, for his poem “Yr Arwr” at the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead in 1917. He had been killed fighting at Passchendaele in the First World War some six weeks before the Chairing of the Bard ceremony, where he would have been “chaired” – the chair was draped in a black blanket in his memory.
Details of the Run
On the 27th July, approximately 20 classic cars will depart from the Mumbles, Swansea, on a four-day journey to Belgium. Preceding the run, a presentation will be given by a leading historian from Swansea University. The drivers will visit a number of towns and will display the cars en-route in France and Belgium.
The Hedd Wyn Memorial Run is the second classic car run organised by Mr Huw Landeg Morris, who works at Swansea University. Last year’s Mametz Classic Car Run, which commemorated the Battle of Mametz Woods, departed from the Mumbles and it has been decided to follow the same pattern this year.
Early registration is advisable
Since numbers will be restricted to 20 cars, due to accommodation constraints, those interested are strongly advised to register, as soon as possible. Official bookings opened on 1 January 2017. Contact the organiser on firstname.lastname@example.org for the registration form.
The approximate price for two people travelling together and sharing a room in a 3* hotel will be about £499