Ryder Cup 2010 golf course - Celtic Manor Resort

Immediately after I took delivery of Bond Exige, the car was whisked away on a transporter to Auto ProTek for Xpel Ultimate Plus paint protection film and then transported directly to storage during winter. So, I didn’t get to actually drive the car for another 4 months, that’s 124 sleeps in total, each dreaming about my new automotive squeeze!

Once I got the car back from storage, I was ready to explore a few photo locations not too far from home.

One dry sunny morning, I dropped my daughter off at her school in the Exige, which seemed to attract a lot of attention for the boys in the playground, then I headed off towards my first location, the Celtic Manor Resort.

Celtic Manor Resort hosted golf’s Ryder Cup back in 2010. The resort offers choices of hotels on site, many outdoor and indoor activities, including four golf courses. The Ryder Cup course is just incredible and if you like your golf, it is well worth a visit to test yourself and your patience. Apart from the stunning surrounding scenery, the course is a significant challenge but thoroughly enjoyable.

I headed for the 2010 Club House and parked in the entrance to get a couple of quick photos and a few staff came over to have a look at the car. One member of staff jokingly offered to park the car for me. After a good chat about Lotus and the Exige, he kindly took some photos of me with the car. They then very generously offered for me to drive around to the helipad area to the right of the 18th fairway to take some photos with the 18th fairway and club house in the background.

The weather was perfect, with a bright diffuse light that made the Mars Gold accents really stand out against the carbon fibre. The Copper Fire looks quite dark in diffuse light, accentuating cars curves and form against the landscape of the gold course.

Follow this link to see the Celtic Manor 2010 Ryder Cup course.

Llandegfedd Reservoir

I had some great photos from the Celtic Manor, so it was on to the next location and one of my favourite local beauty spots, Llandegfedd reservoir. You can get some great photos at the bottom end of the reservoir on the road traversing the top of the dam. But the best view as from in front of the visitor centre.

The light had changed by the time I arrived, and the Copper Fire had brightened up considerably highlighting the curves along the Exige. This is definitely the best light for the car and creates a wonderful contrast of the four colours palette; copper fire, mars gold, carbon fibre, and tan.

Follow this link to find out more about Llandegfedd Reservior.

Carpenters Arms, Coed-y-Paen

The final destination for the morning was a favourite restaurant of ours, the Carpenters Arms with Matty Hiscox the owner and a local legend! Great memories of TVR V8S come flooding back when Matty and I were ushers for a friend’s wedding.

The pub and restaurant sit in the beautiful village of Coed-y-paen alongside the stunning church and its grounds. There is even an old red telephone kiosk that doubles as a book library, from which you can ring the late 1960 and talk to Team Lotus about their first Formula 1 victory at Monaco.

Visit the Carpenters Arms, Coed-y-Paen website for more information.

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