Welcome to Port Talbot Motor Club
Port Talbot Motor Club lost another of its stalwart members last week-end, as Swansea man Brian Davies passed away after admittance to hospital. Brian – or the “flying postman” as he was affectionately known, being a former staff member at the Royal Mail – started his rallying in a Mini, progressing through various cars including a Lotus Cortina and Ford Escort Mexico, and ending his career at the wheel well into his seventies, still winning in his beloved bright yellow Toyota Corolla on stage events. PTMC – and his many friends throughout motorsport here in Wales, Ireland and England – extend sympathy to his wife Sue, daughter Amanda and his grand-daughter.
Brian was a keen competitor, and though a period of illness prevented his being as active in the sport as he had been, his enthusiasm for rallying never left him. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Formed from humble origins as a motoring part of the then Steel Company of Wales social club in the early ‘sixties, and becoming Port Talbot Motor Club in 1965, PTMC has gone from strength to strength, changing greatly along the motorsporting milestones, but retaining what has proved to be a successful formula, and prospering nearly forty years on, in a motorsporting world where many other local clubs have sadly disappeared.
Although PTMC has strived – and seems to have succeeded – to keep ahead of trends in the sport, it has also enjoyed remarkable stability, based at the home it adopted in the far off nineteen sixties, the Tudor Inn(formerly the Cae-Rhys-Ddu Country Club) in Neath for over forty years. Although the old place had undergone several changes of owner, the “Tudor” always proved a welcoming home for the motor club, and thus any members from its formative years that might wander back knew exactly where to go ! Sadly time and tide marches inexorably on, and in 2007 the club home was sold for redevelopment. The club has now moved to Tonna RFC, Neath.