From the President Jan 2019

What a good start to the New Year and the fortunes of our Club. We started of with our January run with a splendid turnout. This run was a repeat of Mike Glithero’s run of last year that had to be reduced in scope by the bad weather. Fortunately all went well this time around and we experienced a good turnout and good weather. In fact it was very warm for mid January. We started off from our now familiar rendezvous in Calahonda the Los Olivos and proceeded into the interior. A good country run starting and finishing in Calahonda. I was somewhat stressed at the Club lunch as I had to make a dash to the airport to catch a plan to England that very afternoon. My fault for not planning my day well, good to say there were no holdups on the motorway and I did make it to the check in on time, only made possible by changing my Classic car for a modern for the quick dash along the coast road. 

Annual Club AGM/EGM held at the Jinete on Wed the 23rdJanuary.

Members will soon receive the full minutes of both the AGM and the EGM held last 23rdof January. However, I will give you a brief outline of the main topics discussed and the results of the votes of the meeting. Members expressed their support for the events planned for the year ahead, particularly the week-end away events. The first week-end away event is at the end of February when we all head for Carmona but firstly immediately ahead for our Club is our exhibition stand at the Retro Malaga. A small area will be allocated to our Club and we will be taking our Gazebo and flags to advertise our Club. We will be displaying two cars on our stand and handing out literature to anyone seriously interested in our activities. As it is a three day event, we need volunteers to man our Stand. Needless to say your Committee will be present but we do need assistance. Here is a picture of last year’s proceedings. I asked for volunteers to offer their cars for the exhibition and was delighted to have Terry and Christine offer their Special and Paul McCarthy offer his Mustang. 

Our AGM moved onto voting for the “member of the year” and I am pleased to record that the winner this year was Mike Glitheroe with an overwhelming majority. There was also an applause on the announcement that work carried out by both Mike Glitheroe and Lynda Teasdale had resulted in the production of our Anniversary Book being printed at no cost to the Club. The printing cost being covered by advertising. There was however a small payment to the designer Caroline White who has produced excellent work for our Club. 

There was however one complaint from Pieter van de Lustgraff who was very unhappy with the Club website stating that it was out-dated and difficult to navigate. I had to admit that Pieter’s view was wholly justified, so much so that we had further retained the services of Caroline White to build a new website for our Club. That rebuild process is well underway as I write this FTP but it has not completed as of yet. Members are encouraged to visit our site to see the progress made to date.

Wednesday the 13thFebruary Club Lunch at the El Campanario.

I am very pleased to announce that our SOL 15 Anniversary Books have now been delivered and I shall be handing them out ay our Lunch on Wednesday. I hope everyone is pleased with the result as I certainly am. We have decided that every member will be given a personal copy free and if members wish to have further copies then we have decided to offer them for sale at €5. Needless to say all proceeds will go into the Club funds for further development of our Club. There have been several suggestions made on how we can enhance our standing amongst Classic Car enthusiast, one of which is to buy advertising flags to go with our Gazebo and small hand held flags for Pieter’s flag runs, all with the Club Logo. Talking about Club funds, a suggestion has been made and enthusiastically adopted by members that we should have a social dance and music event at the Club’s cost as we have sufficient funds to support such an event. The suggestion was proposed by Mike Glitheroe. 

Carmona Three Day event scheduled for 21/22/23 February 

Sol Classic Car Clubs visit to Carmona Wednesday 20thto Friday 22ndFebruary 2019 with two nights stay at the beautiful historic Casa Palacio de Carmona. This event has been organised by Stefan and Judith who have left no stone unturned to ensure its success. So just to repeat the preparations made here is a summary of what is in store of all of us. 

The adventure will start from Los Almendros near San Pedro on the Ronda Road which we have used many times. We have a beautiful route planned which takes us through Grazalema and over the pass to Zahara de la Sierra which has stunning views of the lake. There will be a lunch stop at Zahara before continuing to Carmona and arriving there with time to explore before dinner. (Approximate driving distance 200 km.)

Carmona lies 33 km north east of Seville and is built on a ridge overlooking the central plain of Andalusia and is one of the oldest towns in Europe. Remains have been found dating as far back as the 14thto the 12thcenturies BC. 

Our lodging for Wednesday and Thursday will be at the beautiful Casa Palacio de Carmona so please go to their website www.casadecarmona.comand look at the luxury instore as it is impossible to explain in a few words how beautiful this hotel is. We have planned the two evening dinners there which should prove to be a memorable experience.

On Thursday we will take the opportunity to explore the Natural Park on a short drive to the Sierra del Norte just a short distance north of Carmona then upon our return there will be free time to explore the town before preparing for dinner.

On Friday we plan to leave the hotel about 11 am and take a different route with a stop at Setenel de las Bodegas with its whitewashed houses built into the cliffs. Enough time to have coffee and to explore before we continue to our lunch venue close to Ronda after which everyone will be able to take their preferred route home.

The price of this event is €390.00 per couple and will include the following:

2 night’s accommodation with breakfast included.

2 three course dinners including wine, beer and soft drinks

Secure parking for the cars.

Detailed route guide for the three days.

The lunch planned at Zahara is optional and as we will be having a three course dinner in the evening most people will only want a light lunch.

On Friday it is planned that we will arrange an inexpensive lunch close to Ronda which is again optional and will be paid for at the time.

In order to make a firm booking with the hotel we need your commitment to attend and also a deposit of €50.00 paid into the clubs bank account IBAN – NL49 BUNQ 2206 7736 27 quoting your name and Carmona or alternatively pay by cash to any committee member.

We would like as many classic cars as possible but if you cannot come in your classic then come in whatever else you have.

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