Eastern Block Vehicle weekend – IFA Club


Lysander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal TF11 8UP


At Royal Airforce Museum Cosford, in Shropshire

Lysander Ave, Cosford, Shifnal TF11 8UP

Richard Hemington / events@ifaclub.co.uk

Friday 11 May 18. 

Meet up from midday at the National Cold War Exhibition at the Royal Airforce Museum Cosford, in Shropshire.  Over 70 aircraft of international importance (e.g. the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber) are housed in three wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition.


Around 16:00hrs we head off 50 miles to Wales and the attractive town of Llangollen.


Tourists need to make their own accommodation arrangements - there are many options from basic camping to posh hotels.


Evening meal is booked for 19:30hrs in the famous Chainbridge Hotel balanced on the side of the River Dee just a few miles from Llangollen.


Saturday 12 May 17.

While some participants will be on their way to meet us, those more local or staying over can enjoy a return trip along the beautiful Dee valley on the recently extended Llangollen Railway (steam service on this day).  We'll start from Corwen, 10 miles from Llangollen, where there is adequate parking. 


Train times have still to be confirmed, but around lunchtime the advance party off the train will meet up with those recently arrived then head off for a drive through superb Snowdonia scenery including mountain passes and alongside Lake Bala, the largest natural lake in Wales.  We'll stop several times for the scenery, vehicle photos and at a traditional Welsh inn for refreshments.  Length of the road run from Corwen and back to Llangollen is 70 miles.


An option, for the adventurous, is to divert on the return journey to the so called ‘EVO Triangle’ – said to be one of the best ‘driving’ roads in the UK.  Be warned that some of the cars on this triangle might be a tad more powerful and faster than ours!


During the day, we will visit Llangollen Motor Museum (a 'quirky' collection of 60+ vehicles). 


Evening meal is booked at the Ponsonby Arms pub (to be confirmed, depending on numbers).


Sunday 13 May 17:

We meet around 10:00 at Jones the Boats, The Old Wharf, Station Road, Trevor, near Llangollen, where we have a narrow boat booked for a 45min return trip across Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.   Now a World Heritage Site, the 18-arched stone and cast iron structure, designed by Thomas Telford, took ten years to build and was completed in 1805.  The aqueduct is over 300m long and carries the Llangollen Canal 40m above the River Dee. 

Back on wheels, we drive up the scenic Horseshoe Pass north of Llangollen, including a refreshment stop at the famous Ponderosa Café.  This challenging climb (no problem for our classics of course) was used for testing Sentinel steam waggons freshly out-shopped from the works in Shrewsbury.


Refreshed, and no doubt after more photos, we cross back into England and continue to Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker.  This site played a central role in the defence of Britain for almost 60 years covering WWII and Cold War periods.   Tourists can take a 2hr audio tour around this impressive site and bunker.  Refreshments and usual facilities available.


Remember, you are free to join us for all, or any part, of the weekend.  If coming from afar, you might wish to add a few more days travelling and sightseeing in this beautiful area.


Llangollen Flyer - Click here to view the PDF


EASTERN BLOCK - DETAILS - Full detailed document of the weekend here


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