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The Dragon Rally , like the Elephant in Germany and the Crystal Rally in Norway, is one of the Great European rallies usually held in the bitter depths of winter.
It’s where the enthusiasts go to talk shop, indulge in nostalgia, tell stories of their two-wheel exploits, make abusive comments about car drivers and fine weather motorcyclists (who only bring their motorcycles out in the summer).
The Conwy and District Motorcycle Club started the Dragon Rally in 1960 and it takes place in winter.
The rally serves as a meeting place for motorcyclists all over the Continent.
The setting is in the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia, North Wales.
The number of participants is limited to 1400 and they aren’t told the location of the campsite until they have reported to one of the caravans, which are positioned within 6 to fifteen miles of it, for ticket stamping.
Once they are there, they enjoy the Conwy & DMCC’s warm welcome and hot soup. They will use the local pubs if they are available. Each year the Dragon Rally badge is either red or white or green; the colours of the Welsh Flag, and is generally classy and collectable.
The venue has been held at numerous sites including:-
- Bryn Bras Castle, Llanrug;
- Gwrych Castle, Abergele;
- Tyddyn Rhonwy, Llanberis;
- The Riverside located between Betws-y-Coed and Capel Curig;
- Ty’n-y-Berth; Nant Gwynant,
- Beddgelert; Garth Farm,
- Twin Lakes; and Llanrwst, Gwynedd.