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The Butty Bay Run returns!

Saturday 4th July 2015

This classic car run from the Valleys to Trecco Bay is the brainchild of GTFM motoring correspondent 

& 'Drivers Seat' presenter Ian Edwards. It seeks to re-create the Miners Fortnight family exodus to the seaside, 

especially in the 1960's and 70's, with 'classic cars' from the time. Having started off in the Rhondda and Cynon Valleys

the cars were met in Ynysangharad Park by Pontypridd Town Mayor, Councillor Jayne Brencher, before 

parading along Taff Street and leaving for the coast. They returned later to Rhondda Heritage Park.    

Some of the cars entering Taff Street, led by Ian's Mini

More of the cars in Taff Street

The Mayor and GTFM's Gavin Powell 

Cllr Jayne Brencher leads them off...! 

How it all began....

The 'Drivers Seat Butty Bay

Classic Car Run 2009'

took place on

Saturday 11th July


In association with Pontypridd Town Council

& Pontypridd High School

Supported by Practical Classics Magazine


24 Classic Cars took part despite the heavy rain which fell for much of the day. Organiser Ian Edwards said the weather made his re-creation of the famous exodus from the Valleys to Trecco Bay at the start of 'miners fortnight' all the more realistic!

From two starting points, Mountain Ash and Porth County Comprehensive Schools, the cars first made their way to Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd, before setting off to Trecco Bay, using the 'old roads' of course.

After enjoying a brief appearance by the sun in Porthcawl, the cars then returned to

Pontypridd High School by mid afternoon.

A full report and photo's will appear here shortly. Meanwhile Gtfm would like to thank

everyone who took part, especially Ian Edwards.


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The original 'BUTTY BAY RUN' 2008

This event attracted 23 classic cars on Saturday 19th July 2008 to re-create the annual Valleys to Trecco Bay family summer holiday trip many local people remember from their childhood. The route used the 'old roads' wherever possible, starting in Aberdare and stopping-off at Pontypridd's Ynysangharad Park on the way to Porthcawl. The return journey headed for Rhondda Heritage Park where the cars went on show, along with other attractions. GTFM is grateful to Pontypridd Town Council for their sponsorship which made the event possible, the classic car owners for taking part, the volunteer marshalls and a host of other people who made it happen, especially Event Organiser (and originator of the idea) Ian Edwards plus GTFM's Administrator Wendy.


An Austen 1800 (top) and a Morris Marina were award winning cars from the 'Butty Bay Run' photographed at Rhondda Heritage Park by Lissa Davies