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Merthyr Motor Club

  On February 7 1926, three motorcycling enthusiasts, namely Harry Freeman, George Roblings and Ivor Lewis attended the East South Wales Centre meeting at the Central Hotel in Pontypridd and succeeded in having Merthyr accepted as an official club within the Auto Cycling Union, the ruling organisation based in Pall Mall, London.  


Initially, club meetings were held at the Imperial Hotel, Pontmorlais, and then in 1945. a permanent headquarters was provided by Mr Ludi Pallas within his business premises, situated by the side of the Corporation bus garage in Penry Street, Georgetown.

  The club quickly established a reputation for organising top class motorcycling sporting events, with summer scrambles, and winter trials attracting competitors from all over the country.  

  The highlight of the year was the annual presentation dinner which was under the domain of the ladies section, and they ensured that the splendid evening reflected the stature that was now accorded the club, far and wide.  

  Recognition of the clubs glowing reputation was officially confirmed when the renowned national Mitchell Trial was allocated to Merthyr on December 2 1945, and then the Council willingly sanctioned the incorporation of the Boroughs official crest on the membership badge and stationary logo, at the dinner held at the Mackintosh Hotel in Aberfan in 1956.  


In 1964, as part of the regeneration of the area, the fond remembered club house was demolished for the present Fire Station to be built, Since then, no acceptable suitable alternative has ever been secured.

In order to survive, club meetings have regularly taken place hi various local pubs, and by a quirk of time, present day enthusiasts now congregate back in the historic Imperial, usually referred to as the Tiger.



Hopefully through fortitude and dedication the clubs long and proud tradition will be celebrated in a grand manner sometime in 2026.


Alan Rees


Mayor Dave James Flagging off Merthyr Motor Club's 49th Mitchell Motor Cycle Trial.

(From the Merthyr Express)

From the Merthyr Express





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