Excitement on a misty morning

Saturday morning dawned with mountain mist and a quiet rumbling in the hills.

We packed our flask full of warming chilli & tub of flapjacks, along with just a little photo kit 😉 and headed out on foot for Gartheiniog.
Here we found international sports stars like freshly reconfirmed world champion Sebastien Ogier and previous Wales Rally GB winner Jarri-Matti Latvala (pictured) guiding their rally cars through the forestry with the grace of an ice dancer and the pace of a cheetah. The precision & speed carried by the top drivers through even the most awkward of hairpins was a treat to watch. And all this whilst the cat & mouse battle for the lead continued between Ogier & Tanak.

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We enjoyed our lunch taking in the view of sublime autumn colours reflected in the calm waters of a small lake (pictured). Our snack was not only serenaded by the local birdlife but also by the whoops, laughter & air-horns of passionate & fun-loving rally fans.

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And what do you know, our afternoon was then filled with the pops, bangs and hisses of some classic older rally cars. The air filled with an evocative mix of autumn woodland & synthetic motor oil and we watched these valiant cars, from Imprezas, to Metros (pictured) and plenty of Escorts of course.

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A great day of entertainment in a setting that few could better.

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