The way we were: February 1963

Published: 07:30AM Jan 21st, 2013
By: Richard Rosenthal
Snow, ice, bitter cold and sleet failed to deter thousands of enthusiasts converging on Gwrych Castle for the annual Dragon Valley...
The way we were: February 1963

Annual Dragon Valley

Why ride hundreds of miles on treacherous roads astride lightweights, heavyweights, outfits and even mopeds to camp in sub-zero temperatures in Wales? Organising Conway Club secretary Laurence Irving had the answer; a bowl of soup and a tin badge, of course.

Gates for early arrivals opened at 4pm on Friday and by 10.30pm on Saturday evening 2369 hardy souls had signed in at the caravan control, each with their tales of derring-do. Perhaps the most heart-warming was that of German sidecarist Ulrich Schwab (BMW R69S). “He was bowling along the M1 with his two friends when he ran onto reserve and had to turn off at the next exit. No fuel station was to be seen so Ulrich asked directions of a 16-year-old lad. In no time the boy recognised them as ‘Dragonists.’ He took them home to meet his father John Watts, an enthusiast even at that time preparing for Gwrych. The Germans were invited to stay the night.”

Responses to “The way we were: February 1963”

Current Issue: Sept 2015

Issue Sept 2015

Brilliant Banbury: Pre-31 frivolity
Bespoke Inter: Classy Cammy
The last vintage racer: Velocette's superb Thruxton
Benelli 175 
1961 Triumph T120 Bonneville 
1903 Ariel-Minerva 
Founders' Day 
Various Vincents


Buy this issue now

• Next issue on sale: September 4, 2015

Issue 42-09

Issue 42-09
Sept 2015

Where legends come to life

Subscribe and get this issue

Buy it now facebook Sample on-line

Other News

Stafford Show Honoured By The Presence Of A TT Legend

Stafford Show Honoured By The Presence Of A TT Legend

John McGuinness, the man considered by many to be the greatest road-racer ever to compete in the Isle of Man ...

Read More »

Bonhams Announces Rare £1 Million Single-Owner Collection

Bonhams Announces Rare £1 Million Single-Owner Collection

An incredible collection of 60 rare, mostly American, motorcycles will be put up for sale at Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford Sale, ...

Read More »

View all...


Related magazines:

The Classic MotorCycle MSL Magazine Twist & Go magazine


Use our handy tool to find your nearest stockist!
Find your nearest Stockist

Advertising Deadline:

October issue - August 14, 2015

November issue - September 11, 2015

Book advertising here

Next Issue Out:

September 4, 2015