Wales on Wheels

Wales on Wheels 2022

Inevitably, Wales on Wheels 2020 and 2021 were cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions. WoW 2022 is booked for Sunday 15 May 2022 and promises to be even bigger and better with many new exhibitors. 2022 marks fifty years since the Regent double decker was withdrawn from service. Swansea Bus Museum will be putting on an extra special display!

Wales on Wheels 2019

WoW 2019 was held on Saturday 18 May, as usual it in and around the National Waterfront Museum and Dylan Thomas Square. The event is a joint effort by the Roads & Road Transport History Association, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea Museum, and Swansea Bus Museum. Photos and a list of participants will appear shortly.

See a selection of photos from six years of Wales on Wheels in the Wales on Wheels Gallery.

Wales on Wheels 2017 and 2018

The fifth and sixth Wales on Wheels were held  at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. As usual they were terrific days!

Caddie and Trabi

Caddie and Trabi

Concours Winner

Concours Winner

Wales on Wheels 2017

Click on the picture below to see images of previous sunny WoW.

Wales on Wheels.

Many past participants joined us for a bumper year in 2017. For the first time we joined with the Swansea Branch of The Historical Association’s Local and Family History Fair There was something for everyone inside and out.

Swansea Bus Museum – ride a double-decker from the Museum to Mumbles!
Dr Who bus
Swansea Museum truck and bus
Ryland Classics
Classic Vehicle Enthusiasts Group
Yeoman Living History –
Swansea Motorcycle Club
Harley Davidsons from West Wales
Swansea Jacj scooters
Skewen and Pontarddulais Classic Car Clubs
Swansea Historic Vehicle Register
Institute of Advanced Motorists
Swansea University Racing Car Simulator – have a go!
Swansea Fire Service
Swansea Vintage Engine Club
Wallace and Gromit motorcycle with sidecar
Hedd wyn Classic Car Run 2017
Sinclair C5 with pedals for kids
Penydarren Steam Locomotive accompanied by Mr Trevithick himself –
Gilbern Club
Oxfam transport book sale
60 Second Show and Tell
And many more

Unfortunately the Alvis Spartan armoured personnel carrier has developed an oil pressure problem and may not make it. As consolation here is a  video of the Spartan at the 2017 SHVR May Day Rally.

All welcome!

As usual we will have a dinner on the Friday night, this year at Swansea Yacht Club. The menu and order form is here: Wales on Wheels 2017 dinner menu

Joining Information

WoW 2017 site plan
Cars, bikes and scooters will be in Dylan Thomas Square. There are two entrances, at the Waterfront Museum and the Pump House. The Fire Service are on call so have the spot next to the Tram Shed at the Pump House entrance. We hope to have a ramp at the Museum entrance to DTS to save going over a kerb. Overflow for the cars is on the grass between the museums and on the hard-standing next to it. You will be directed where to go. Note that the Penydarren steam locomotive will be running. Please keep the two DTS entrances clear to allow access for late-comers and early-leavers (as if you would!).

Most of the buses and other heavy vehicles will be on the grass between the two museums, along with The Institute for Advanced Motorists and the van selling diecasts. The Alvis Spartan and the traction engine will be on the hard-standing in the garden, along with Yeoman and the static steam engines. The rally cars can also use this space.

The Historical Association’s Local and Family History Fair is taking place inside the Waterfront Museum. Fair exhibitors will unload in the garden and then take their vehicles elsewhere to park. Please be aware that Fair vehicles will share space with WoW traffic for a while.

At 2pm we will hold the 60 Second Show and Tell in the museum’s main gallery. Bring along an object – anything goes – talk about it for a minute, and baffle the museum’s director and curator who will try to add detail or identify the unidentifiable. Motoring and related objects are especially welcome.

Last year for the first time we held a WoW Concours D’Elegance Award. Our judge will pass more or less anonymously around the vehicles and exhibits to make his enigmatic judgement. Bottles of bubbly will be presented to the Champion and the Reserve Champion.

Access to all areas will be open from 0800. I will be in Dylan Thomas Square along with fire marshal Alan Kreppel and Waterfront Museum staff.

I have done a non-rain dance and the forecast is excellent. I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

John Ashley
Road Transport History Association events organiser
0770 9900 788

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