From the Committee Feb 2016

From the Committee February 2016

The first of February started with a Committee meeting that had been overdue for some time largely, but not only, due to other pressures of life. However, we can report that a number of agreements were made, all in the interests of our Club stemming from AGM discussions and recommendations made by members.

Your Committee is focused on improving Club identity and hence Carol and Ray have taken on the responsibility of sourcing Club Plaques depicting the Club Logo and Website Address. Each membership – single or joint – will be given a Plaque free. These will be given out at the first opportunity on a Club Run or at the Dinner night. If you require any extra plaques there will be a small charge of 5euros each. These plaques can be attached to member’s cars using ‘rubber suckers’ suggested by Pieter Van de Lustgraaf and Kay Leslie.at the AGM

Following the same theme, Jim and Charlene have offered to obtain samples of caps, visors and badges with Club Logos for sale to members.

Please see the page 3 for the examples of Club shirts and colours available. Carol will take your orders.

At the AGM John Campbell offered to take responsibility for setting up a new Club website in order to give Richard a break, as Richard has work commitments to attend to. We can report the new website is up and running, so please click onto www.solclassiccarclub.net and have a look at the new site.

John has asked if members would please send a brief history and pictures of their cars to help increase the content of the website. Any car related copy would be very welcome. Check out the slide show http://solclassiccarclub.net/about/assorted-cars-of-members-past-and-present

February Club run to the Botanic Gardens in Casarabonela

February’s run was organised by Kjell & Kari Helgesen taking the Club to Casarabonela, a beautiful white village in the Natural Park of Sierra de las Nieves. The garden has an extensive and varied collection of cacti and succulent plants, with about 2.200 different species. This is one of the best collections in Europe, There is only one that is larger in Monaco. The Botanic Garden has an English-speaking guide who was more than happy to answer any question thrown at him.

A very knowledgeable man indeed. The garden also had a cafeteria which provided our coffee stop. After that we continued on roads ideal for classic cars to Yunquera, another white village in Sierra de las Nieves for lunch.

  1. Looking Ahead

Qasim and Hebbi’s March run to El Torcal

The SOL Classic Car Club has been to this particular destination some eight years ago and we were of the view some of our newer members would appreciate another visit. El Torcal Park Nature Reserve is known for its unusual limestone rock formations. Located about 30 km north of Málaga city in the direction of Antequera near the village of Villanueva de la Concepción, within El Torcal Park’s 17 square km are some of the most beautiful and impressive limestone landscapes in Europe. The whole area was under sea until one hundred million years ago. There is an information centre and small museum near the parking area that has an interesting view of the wildlife, flora and fauna of the park. Orchid enthusiasts will be captivated by the 30 varieties of the plants growing in the park.

Three routes through the park for walkers have been marked out with different coloured arrows on wooden sticks. The green route is the shortest and easiest, 1,5 km. and takes about 30 minutes. Finally the red route is the longest and most difficult, 4,5 km. taking about three hours, with a viewing point 1.339 m. up where you can see the whole of the El Torcal Park and the Africa Coastline. Road books will soon be available for members to download.together with the lunch menu

May Club Event – The Gibraltar Festival – Sat 21st May 2016

The May Club Run has been put back a week to coincide with the Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association annual Festival of Classic Motoring.

The programme is flexible to accommodate individual member’s wishes and the framework is:

Saturday 21st May – An early start travelling in convoy to Gibraltar to check in at Casemates Square for the GCVA rally which consists of:-

  • A static display in Casemates Square

  • A Police escorted tour of Gibraltar

  • A conducted tour of the Botanical Gardens

  • A late lunch

The fee for the above is £30pp, or £25pp for GCVA members and the cost includes a commemorative Car Plaque,

Afterwards you will have the option of travelling home or have an overnight stay. We have reserved some rooms at the Suites of San Roque – which is 8 miles away. Double rooms with breakfast are 50eu or a suite with breakfast is 70eu. If you are not attending the Festival you may wish to opt to drive down on Saturday afternoon to meet us for the evening and overnight stay.

After breakfast, those staying overnight will meet up with members who have driven down in the morning for a very scenic drive on roads not usually accessible on our Club runs followed by lunch.

We have only reserved a limited number of rooms for Saturday night, which are on a first come first served basis (there is a cancellation option). So to avoid disappointment please contact our Secretary at – carol.lindores@gmail.com – to reserve your place.

Last year’s Run, which took in Tarifa, Cape Trafalgar, Verjer de la Frontera and the Roman fishing town of Bolonia was much enjoyed by everyone. We expect this year’s event to match, if not exceed, last year

Club Night Wednesday 9th March

We are having a change of venue for our March Club dinner. We are going to La Despensa, Puerto Cabopina. The menu is as follows:

Starter Seafood Cream Soup OR Avocado with Prawns

Main Course Seabass with Champagne Sauce OR Mixed Kebab with a Jacket Potato

Desert Pineapple Capaccio with Ice Cream and Strawberry Sauce

This includes 1 glass of Wine or Beer and water.

The cost is 20eu per head.

As this is new venue we have been asked to confirm the number of members attending. Please can you Email Qasim – qasimshaikh@gmail.com – to confirm that you will be joining us, together with your menu choices.

Finally

Jim and Charlene will be bringing samples of caps, visors and badges to Club meetings for members to view and hopefully buy.

You can also order your Club shirts which cost 16eu. These come in various colours – Red, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Black or White. The ladies shirts are shaped at the waist as you can see in this photo:

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The Club Logo and your name will be embroidered on to your shirt.

Fleece jackets are also available in various colours and will have the Club Logo and your name.

Please contact Carol our Secretary – carol.lindores@gmail.com and she will take your orders.

Qasim Shaikh Carol Lindores

Chairman Secretary

SOL Classic Car Club SOL Classic Car Club

qasim.shaikh@gmail.com: carol.lindores@gmail.com

Tel: 951 244 149 or 671 440 194 Tel: 675 335 149