From the Committee May and June 2016
This is the best time of year, warm and confortable and not too hot, perfect for open top cars. Our big event for the month was the Gibraltar gathering and this year it was bigger than ever, with Car Clubs meeting from far and wide. There were the usual Spanish clubs and several from Morocco. All in all there were some hundred and fifty cars present. The organisers “The Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association” in the person of Howard Danino had been very diligent in making sure all ran to plan. Last year there was no one at immigration on the Spanish or Gibraltar side however this year the Gibraltar side decided to take a very brief interest more in the cars that the occupants.
A very early start for most of our members, in the dark I may add, as we had to be in Gibraltar before 10.30 so as to bag ourselves a prime parking space for our cars. We met at Fresh and Friends Km 165 on the N340 to avail ourselves with a hearty much needed cooked breakfast. The early start demanded that we do this because lunch was not planned to be ready till three in the afternoon. Fresh and Friends had especially opened for our Club. Well organised Ray!
This year the Lunch catering was excellent particularly given the large numbers involved. The SOL Classic Car Club was awarded a special certificate for participating in the gathering. This will be copied and sent to all members who attended. We again had a conducted tour through the rock itself. It is always surprising to realise that there are more roads inside the rock than on the surface. All are well lit and a pleasure to drive through. The Gibraltar gathering has become a regular event in our Annual Calendar. We can strongly recommend this event to members who have not been before, so please join in with us next year.
There was one member who, in spite of his best effort, was let down by his new steed. We were waiting for him but it was not to be. Such is the pleasure of Classic Cars, they sometimes let one down. The day ended with members driving out of Gibraltar back into Spain and on to a very pleasant overnight stay at the Suites of San Roque Club hotel a little distance from the rock.
Club Run – Sunday 22nd May
A number of members stayed overnight at the excellent Suites of San Roque, which is where our Sunday Club Run, organised Stefan Nicholson of the GCVA helped by Ray Holland, started. We were joined for breakfast by members of the other Clubs before setting off on a Run with a difference. The route took us along all minor and service roads via Pinar del Rey, La Nateruela y el Corzo and on to Jimena. We drove through beautiful scenery and forests to our lunch venue – Camping Alcornocales. Here we were well fed with tasty salads, Bar-b-que meats and fish and delicious deserts.
June Club night at the Avanto
Our Club held the June dinner at the Avanto restaurant in La Cala de Mijas. The Avanto has a beautiful setting overlooking the sea. Members were welcomed with drinks and canapés on the terrace. Your Committee is attempting to add variety to our Club nights and we have to say that the June evening was a success with members freely mixing and socialising with each other. We also had our very own Barry Reading providing live music for the evening.
June 11th 2016 – the Queen’s 90th Birthday – Malaga Airport
For the Queen´s Birthday celebrations at the airport museum. John Campbell was the main organiser of the event, ably assisted by Ray Holland who had organised a chronological display of cars, mirroring the life of the Queen. We had some 26 cars ranging from 1926 to 2016. Other classics clubs also participated some from, CCCA and JEC.
Tea, biscuits and cakes were provided free of charge. Some members brought their own picnic, and there was plenty of space on the lawns and out of the sun underneath antique aircraft wings to chat and have a splendid day.
This was a very Brit event, with some Scandinavians who were slightly bemused by the arrival of the “Queen” and her consort.
Turnout was exceptionally good. Many visitors had arrived in full uniform that they had worn in their previous life before retiring to Spain.
Members who have not visited the Aero Museum should make a trip, as Malaga has housed some of the early memorabilia associated with aviation.
SOL Club Run – Sunday 12th June 2016
A very well organised and researched run by Mike & Irene Mackie and Terry & Sue Grogan. Beautiful countryside never traversed by our Club in all these years. There was a moment of concern at the entrance of old Roman road, as some cars appeared to be driving themselves into a ravine. The organisers had very considerately posted a guide to assist members. The run included an exceptionally interesting visit to the British Cemetery in Malaga. The church is one of the oldest Anglican church in Spain.
Members may have noticed the very narrow drive to the church entrance. Your Chairman had the arduous task of driving up this path some ten years ago when his daughter was married there.
We moved on from our visit to finish our run at an Argentinian restaurant. Some members were heard to remark that they had had their full quota of meat for the whole year at one sitting. Mike Irene, Terry and Sue, well done this was really a splendid outing.
Club Dinner Night – 13th July
This month we will be holding our Club Dinner at El Chaparral. Meeting at 7.30pm for 8.15pm dinner
Summer “At Home Party” hosted by Brooke and Cammie (16th July)
Before the Club Summer break we finish with our annual “At Home Party”. This year it will be hosted at Brooke and Cammie’s home in Valtocado. As usual please bring a “dish/plate of food to share” to put on the table. The Club will provide the drinks and entertainment. If you have any guests with you they are welcome but it will help if they can also provide a plate of something and a bottle Each year this gathering is enjoyed by all, mainly because the Andalusian heat is starting to build, which is precisely the reason we rarely organise a run or meeting in August. We also find that member’s families’ are on holiday to Spain and need looking after.
September 16/17/18th – Weekend event to – Hotel Cuevas la Granja
Our September weekend events have become very popular so if you are interested in joining us please let me as soon as possible so we can reserve the extra rooms – email@example.com .
This year John Richardson & Marion Ballard have arranged a trip with a difference.
The cost is 325eu per couple or 245eu single and includes:
Friday 16th – Breakfast and Evening Dinner
Saturday 17th – Breakfast and Evening Dinner
Sunday 18th – Sunday Lunch on the way home
Evening Dinners and Sunday Lunch will also include drinks.
John says that there are some amazing roads for the Saturday Run – a Tulip will be provided
There is a swimming pool and bar. You can check this complex out on Tripadvisor, the reviews are really good.
If you require a Club shirt or cap please contact our ~Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org – who will organise and collect your order
The costs are:
Club Shirt in a choice of colours, embroidered with Club Logo and your name – 14eu
Club Fleece in a choice of colours, embroidered with Club Logo and your name – 20eu
Cap – in Blue or Beige – embroidered with Club Logo – 6.50eu
To give our Club a visible identity on Club Runs we hope as many members as possible will buy and wear a Shirt and/or a Fleece.
As was suggested at the AGM – Ray and Carol have sourced Car Plaques depicting our Club Logo and website address. Each membership, either single or joint, will be given a free Plaque at their first attendance at a Club dinner or Run. If you would like any extra plaques these will cost 5eu each. Please contact – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org