2016 in Review

SOL CLASSIC CAR CLUB

Review of 2016 events

This has been another good year for the Club, with further growth in membership which now encompasses many nations.

Sadly we have lost to the UK founder members Bob and Carol Livermore, but they do keep in touch so hopefully they will still visit us. Thank you both for all you have done in the past.

The AGM last January was lively and suggestions, mostly useable, and used were made by members.

Careful stewardship of our limited income has maintained our modest but necessary reserves for ‘that rainy day’ which will one day come. This is despite our subsidising events to members and making donations to good causes.

It was the year when our long standing Web Site – many thanks to Richard Joss for keeping it going for so long – was redesigned by John Campbell with much work. It has been used by new members to find us, however John is disappointed in the lack of members feeding him with information and articles to put onto it. Please, please contact him with anything which will be interesting.

ln January, the weather was kind to us and Brooke and Cammie Harris took us to Juzcar, the Smurf village on some ‘new’ roads which are becoming harder to find.

We also went in convoy to Retro Malaga – to be repeated in 2017.

February’s run educated us in all things Cacti at the Casabomela Botanic Gardens – thanks to Kari and Kjell Helgeson.

March was the Chairman’s and Hebbi’s mountain climb to El Torcal. It can snow up there even in March but we were blessed with clear blue skies.

We tried a Cabopino venue for the monthly dinner but this was not well received by members.

The April run was really something different, we visited an organic vinyard near Ronda, were given a tour of the vines and wine making process before an amazing Spanish country style lunch of many generous courses. Well done John and Marion.

In May the Club travelled in convoy to the Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association’s annual festival and joined in the parade and ceremonies. The previous year the Committee had recognised that many member’s felt that ‘they had been there and done that’ and needed to be enticed by more to attend. Hence a part practise of having a stop over, and a rally on Sunday on roads not normally accessible in a day from east of Marbella was revived.

The concept was successful so for 2016 Ray Holland and Stefan Nicholson decided together to repeat the exercise but for political reasons opted to arrange it under the GCVA ‘Banner’

It proved very successful with some travelling far and making a long weekend of it, whilst others skipped Gibraltar, staying at the hotel and joining us at the hotel and attending the run The run was a Stefan ‘special’ not a main road used, with an inspired BBQ lunch at a camp site Venta.

June was a special month blessed with fine weather and some excellent events.

‘The Club with John Campbell acting as overall Liaison with the Malaga Aviation Museum and Ray Holland sourcing suitable cars for display, joined with Tapas, the theatrical group, with the fantastic choir and Shutterbugs, the camera club, organising refreshments, to create a ‘Queen’s 90th Birthday Party event at the Museum. We understand that some 700 people attended this really outstanding event. Invitations were sent out to all local car clubs but only the JEC and CCCA attended, which was disappointing, especially no one attending from Gibraltar.

The following day Mike and Irene Mackie with Terry and Sue Grogan took much time and trouble to organise a well run event ending with a tour of The English Cemetery in Malaga with the cars displayed outside the Bullring. Thank you all four.

The Club also subsidised members for a Special Mid Summer monthly dinner at the ‘Avanto’, well attended and thanks to member Barry Reading for getting people up dancing.

In July we had our Annual ‘At Home’ held at Brooke and Cammie’s, many thanks, also to member Tim Platten for supplying a real Juke Box.

After the Summer break September brought us the weekend away trip, this year to a Cave House Hotel complex near Guadix, and with runs over the Sierra Nevada’s. We had the hotel complex to ourselves and the owners could not have been more co-operative, impromptu parties made for an outstanding weekend. Thanks to John Richardson and Marion for finding this very different venue, enjoyed by all.

Sadly our old friends Ramon and Christobal lost their contract to run the El Chaparral Golf catering (we wish them well in the future) which coincided with suggestions that perhaps in Winter it would be better to hold a monthly lunch rather than a dinner, as classics can be used and it will avoid night driving. The Committee discussed this and possible venues, and the Chairman arranged for October to be the first monthly lunch. Despite the appalling weather, which precluded the use of classic’s, lunch at Jinette’s by La Cala Golf was well supported and enjoyed.

Pat and Roly Coleman supported at long distance by Ian and Phoung Couch, arranged the October run. Member and local JEC Director Philip Wray requested that we should include his members in this event, they were very welcome. Lunch was at Valparaiso at Mijas and the increased numbers meant that we filled the Terrace. Thank you to all four organisers. The Run fees were donated to FAMA – the dog Charity.

In November the concept of a monthly lunch continued, at El Caserio, west of San Pedro. This time the weather was friendly for using classic’s and the meal well received. Whilst a lunch seems sensible at this time of year we still feel an evening function in Summer may avoid the high temperatures during the day.

December brought the floods but the run to Fuente de Piedra and the Donkey Sanctuary still happened but with just l0 stoic souls. Thanks to Jim and Charlene Sutton for the arrangements and to the chairman and Hebbie for seeing it through in their absence abroad.

Perhaps this is the right time to thank Nick Wadham Sutton for his unsung role as our Spanish Liaison Coordinator, his assistance in all things Spanish is invaluable.

Lastly and perhaps the best was our December Christmas Dinner at Valparaiso. Following the success of our October Run lunch there, the Chairman negotiated a great deal. Our members also benefited from a subsidy off the meal price. We believe this was our best party so far, despite yet more rain

A very good year

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