Eppynt history (1)
Builth Wells Motor Club with Carmarthen Motor Club combined organisational skills plus resourcefulness stemming from long experience organising Rallies, Trials, Scrambles, along with Pendine Sands racing, to present a six year span of true Tourist Trophy racing on what remains the largest circuit on Mainland Britain. Temptation to use cliché ridden text describing skills that were to be combined is difficult to resist. It all started following Charlie Rossiter witnessing WD motorcycles being driven ‘competitively’ normally out of sight of officers on sections of Eppynt Artillery range roads his idea and foresight grew via Builth Wells Motor Club who invited Carmarthen Motor Club to join them in a large scale project. The plan quickly reached ex racer, & Motorcycle dealer Eddie Stephens who felt it to be a marvellous idea worthy of enlarging. He led a huge number of people who became involved, putting immense efforts into creating a colourful portion of motorcycle racing history. Fate after all is what is handed to you, destiny is what you do with it.
Some faded photos of inspection of Eppynt in snows of 1947 are included, quality of our archival photos will never match a glossy magazine content, our intention is to mark history in motor sport. Eppynt Road Circuit Racing Committee thereafter emerged. Eddie Stephens had a secretary at his showrooms whom people were to claim dealt wholly with Eppynt matters. Loans were the order of early days for funds to advertise a massive event. Several large marquees were naturally obtained ‘on loan’. Most motor Clubs in mid and south Wales supplied members as Marshals or Stewards, a race weekend with a journey to Eppynt eagerly looked forward to by all.
Eppynt adopted this motto :
The Red Dragon Creates a Stir
And so it did.!
I was lucky enough to attend several 1999 Rugby World Cup games at the Wales Millennium Stadium Cardiff. There, around the halfway line point on its East stand wall at eye level in letters over a foot tall I saw this very same motto.