Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights

Take to the Road attended the inaugural Motoring at the Manor which was held at the Celtic Manor Hotel outside Newport in Wales over the weekend. This brand new classic car show promises to be become the signature concours events in Wales. With an emphasis on both Welsh cars and Welsh stars from the world of motorsport, Motoring at the Manor got off to a cracking start.

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
A rare double rainbow the night before the show was a pleasant sight

Motoring at the Manor took place in the picturesque Usk river valley, which winds its way through the vast grounds of the Celtic Manor Resort. It was an ideal backdrop for the special Fathers Day event, with a pavilion style show ground right along side a special rally demonstration stage. Heavy rain over the weekend had threatened to put a dampener on proceedings, but it didn’t stop the crowds from streaming through the gates.

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
The crowds of car fans were treated to a superb line up of iconic motors

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights

One highlight of the show was the Concours d’Elegance, which brought together a mouth watering selection of rare classics, including a very special section dubbed Welsh Wizardary, which celebrated Welsh Motoring Heritage. The very special 1970 Gilbern T11 Prototype, the only one in the world, was displayed along side a stunning 1971 Gilbern Invader Shooting Break and rare a 1984 Henson M30 Coupe.

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
The very special Gilbern T11 prototype… a design that could have saved Gilbern…
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
The Hensen M30 Coupe alongside the Gilbern T11
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
This really was a stunning example of a Gilbern Invader estate

Another exceptional display was the Bugatti Type 37 Prototype, which is estimated to be worth in the region of £2.5m. The fact such a rare and valuable car was chosen for the very first Motorsport at the Manor really showed the quality of the event. It was a real treat for visitors to be able to get up close and see such wonderful rare cars in the flesh.

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
The Bugatti Type 37 Prototype was simply a delight to behold
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
A priceless piece of automotive history

Such gems were not the only highlight of the show. Fans of motorsport were also treated to a display of historic F1 cars, which included non other than Damon Hill’s 1996 World Championship Williams FW18, Nigel Mansels 1992 World Championship Williams FW14B and the 1978 Williams FW06B.

These legendary F1 cars were displayed in the special F1 zone along side the 1975 Shadow DN5 and the 1969 Hepworth FF four wheel drive. It is not often you get such heavy weights from historic F1 under one roof. It was a very special display indeed.

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
The 1996 Williams FW18 driven by Damon Hill
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
Nigel Mansels Williams FW14B
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
The 1978 Williams FW06B
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
The 1975 Shadow DN5 driven by Welshman Tom Pryce
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
The 1969 Hepworth FF with its revolutionary 4WD system

One couldn’t hold a motorsport event in Wales without a bit of rallying and the crowds attending Motorsport at the Manor were certainly not disappointed. The lineup of historic rally cars that hit the tarmac and the gravel really was a fantastic sight to behold. The distinctive roar of rally cars echoed around the valley as the drivers put their cars through their paces. It was very evocative, a real trip down memory lane of the glory days of rallying from the 1960s right through to the 1990s. Even the odd sudden downpour of rain added to the occasion as the drivers wrestled with the greasy tarmac and sometimes the grass. Just like on a real rally stage.



Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
A Toyota Celica GT4 was in the demonstration lineup along with a whole host of others from a broad era of historic motorsport
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
A very mean looking Audi Quattro Group 4 makes it’s way to the rally stage
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
Puff the Magic Wagon, the 1969 Austin Maxi driven by Bron Burrell
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
A rally Opel Calibra in action
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
Renault 5 Maxi Turbo… a Group B icon!
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
David Llewellin’s Ford Escort doing what it does best… getting side ways on the greasy surface
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
A Welsh Darrian GT showing off its speed on the tarmac
Another Welsh Darrian, this time a T90 GTR showing off to the crowd with a bit of gravel action
Welsh motorsport legend David Llewellin co-driving with Nicky Grist in the Celica GT4

No Concours d’Elegance would be complete without a prize giving ceremony and it was a great moment for two of the Welsh Wizardry entries as they and their cars went home with a coveted award. Both the Gilbern T11 and the Gilbern Invader Estate were chosen by the judges as Concours winners, a fitting moment for the Welsh show and a wonderful way to bring the very first Motorsport at the Manor to a close. Take to the Road can’t wait for Motorsport at the Manor 2020!

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
Nicky Grist and David Llewellin look on as Goodwood House Captain Anthony Reid presents Gilbern T11 owner Gordon Johnston with his award
Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights
Gilbern Invader Shooting Break owner Martin Mulchinock collects his Concours award

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights

Motoring at the Manor 2019 Highlights

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4 Comments

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  3. gordon johnston 19th June 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Niall a great reveiw and nice photos

  4. Niall Julian 20th June 2019 at 9:09 am

    Thanks a lot Gordon!

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