A car enthusiasts’ event in Powys has raised over ten thousand pounds for Wales Air Ambulance in just two years. 

The annual ‘Mach Run’ was held recently near Machynlleth, with the helicopter charity benefitting solely from the proceeds raised. 

Founded and organised by Jason McAuley, the annual gathering of car enthusiasts and petrolheads alike offers a fantastic day out set amongst the breath-taking scenery of rural Mid-Wales. 

Speaking about the event Jason said: “I came up with the idea of a car run as an escape from my work. A keen petrolhead myself, the premise was to get as many like-minded car enthusiasts together to enjoy a run in the beautiful Welsh countryside, whilst also raising money for a vital service. The first ‘Mach Run’ was held in 2018 and saw over 200 cars and 500 people flock to raise money for Wales Air Ambulance. 

“Testimony to the popularity of the event was that we had people from all over the UK participating. Following on from a very successful first year, we had to bring it back this year. We had a bigger space for even more cars available in 2019 with around 230 vehicles taking part.” 

A wide range of vehicles took to the roads of Mid-Wales this year with a fine selection of sports cars, classic cars, super cars, rally cars and even American muscle cars. The route which started in Machynlleth took participants north towards Dinas and Cross Foxes before continuing to Corris and then back via Dinas Cemmaes. 

Jason added: “The original route should have taken us up towards the Tal Y Llyn Pass and on to Aberdyfi, however, flooding sadly meant that a last-minute alteration to the route had to be made. Despite the weather conditions, it did not dampen people’s spirits. I think the live music and hot food back at base in Machynlleth also helped tremendously. 

“I must thank everyone who took part this year and made it such a huge success. A special thanks also must go to RE-Design who supplied us with hundreds of car stickers to sell, yielding £700 alone.” 

Wales Air Ambulance Mid-Wales Fundraising Manager, Andrew Hall said: “We would like to a say thank you to Jason for organising this fantastic event in aid of us. The personal contributions he has made to make it all possible is truly admirable. The incredible amount raised in just two short years will ensure we can continue flying lifesaving missions across Wales. We must also extend our gratitude to all the participants, without whom this event would not have been possible.” 

Jason shows no signs of slowing down with his sights already firmly set on 2020: “I’m already looking forward to next year with not just another ‘Mach Run’ planned but hopefully several ‘Mini-Mach runs’ also to complement the main yearly event”. 

Anyone who wishes to find out more about the event or keep up to date with developments for 2020 should visit: machrun.co.uk