Speed dating for the over sixties
You won't find them now, as the lake-bed is a jumble of slate waste that moves in huge volumes each winter.) Mind you - that's not so strange as the year a rider went home and forgot to take his bike with him.....Managing the size of the Dragon had by now caused rifts within the Conwy & District club, and for 19 (Gwrych at Abergele, and then back to Llanberis), the Dragon was organised by a break-away division of the club when the badges changed to roundels with a bar beneath By 1972, the rift had healed, and the Dragon was held at Glyn Padarn for the last time.Recent years have seen the Dragon move around again - Beddgelert, then Llandwrog Airfield (famous as the birthplace of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service in the 1940s, and less famous for storing the entire stockpile of German "Tabun" nerve-gas bombs after the war...) and back to Capel.
It was an epic journey and definately no mere badge gathering!
Each year, those of us who still remember let our minds drift back.
I often wonder how many other "old-timers" still go to reminisce at Glyn Padarn on Dragon weekend, even though we gave up on the rally itself years ago.
I'm writing this the week before the rally, in February 2003, and will be at Glyn Padarn (or Glyn Rhonwy as it's now called) for a few minutes of sentimental heartache, sometime over the weekend.
Maybe I'll see you, or the ghost of your memory fleeting between the trees.The end of the great era of rallies was already creeping over the horizon.In 1973, with Glyn Padarn unavailable, the Dragon was postponed to October, when, much diminished in size, it was held one cold, wet, windy weekend on a desolate hilltop near Conwy, where the only landmark was a bleak radio mast.Abandoned between the wars, the old quarries were adopted for a munitions factory during W. II, when a system of tarmac road was laid around the site to give access to the bomb storage sites.