From the Committee – April 2016

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From the Committee April 2016

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In the absence of Qasim, the April Run Report has been written by John Campbell who also provided the photos. For the full report and photos see the run report page.

This run was organised by John Richardson and Marion Ballard and a fine job they did. It had been mentioned at the AGM that members liked runs with a “destination”, and this run certainly did. We went to the Bodega García Hidalgo, near Ronda.

Since people were coming from various places, three meeting places were arranged, and then all three groups met at a gas station on the outskirts of Ronda. Unfortunately the bar was closed – this is not the first time that we have found it closed. John set off on a mission to find another place and we moved a few kms up the road to a hotel with a handy bar.

Suitably refreshed we set of towards the bodega. As I have sold my car, I went in Rosie the Rover with Nick.  Being driven by Nick gave me a chance to enjoy the view and take some photos as we headed down towards Montejaque and Benojan.

Once everybody was parked Miguel, the owner, took us around to the front of the bodega and explained about his philosophy of growing the grapes for quality, rather than quantity. He uses no artificial fertilisers nor pesticides – everything is natural.

Between rows of the vines they have planted beans. These are not as a crop, but nodules on the roots of the plants add nitrogen to the soil, and they were getting ready to plough-in the plants for the leaves to add nutrients to the soil.

When we had finished the outside tour, we went down into the cellar. Different wines are matured in the bottle or in oak barrels. Miguel uses some barrels of French Oak and some of American Oak, depending on the taste he is trying to achieve. He kept referring to a testing process to monitor the progress of the wine, but I think his testing boiled down to tasting!

From the cellars we went back up the stairs to see the machinery where the grapes are separated from the leaves and stalks, and then ground up. No more treading the grapes by foot in a big trough – it is all done mechanically now.

Once the tour was over, we moved into the salon, and Miguel and his family produced a series of wines for tasting and a truly exceptional selection of tapas. The tapas slowly gave way to a large selection of starters and the main course, which was a very tasty paella.

By the time we had finished the two deserts, people were mentioning they felt like Mr Creosote in the memorable Monty Python movie – he burst after eating a “wafer thin mint”, and that is how we were feeling.

After a visit to the shop to take home a selection of wine, we made our respective ways back over the mountain, to finish off a memorable day.

It was also a sad day – we had to say goodbye to Bob & Carol Livermore who are leaving the sunshine of Spain to return to their home in the UK. Bob was one of the original 6 founder members of the Sol Classic Car Club in 2004. We wish them well for the future.

Looking Ahead

Club Night Wednesday 11th May – El Chaparral

We had an excellent turnout for our April dinner which everyone enjoyed. We were also joined by

two new members Leif Bank and Tim Platten. So we hope you can make it for the May dinner

and look forward to seeing you there.

Gibraltar Festival event – Saturday 2ist May 2016

Joint GCVA /SOL Car Run – Sunday 22nd May 2016

This year is the GCVA 15th International event and it has been expanded to include – as well as the usual Classics – an invitation to all Jaguars of any age celebrating the 80th year of the make, Four Wheel Drive vehicles and Racecars.

The Saturday Programme has been publicised. It starts at 9.00am for registration in Casemates with free time until 11.00am.

Members are also invited to join us at the Suites of San Roque for an overnight stay on the Saturday. Double rooms with breakfast are 50eu. Please contact Ray Holland – ray.l.holland@btinternet.com if you want to make a booking.

The Sunday joint GCVA/SOL run will start from the Suites of San Roque at 11.00am for a Run through roads outside of our usual run area.

For more information please email our Secretary Carol – carol.lindores@gmail.com

CHANGE – of Club Dinner venue for Wednesday 8th June 2016 – at Avanto

The Club is holding the June dinner at the Avanto restaurant. The evening will be warm and the Sun still shining as we start with welcome drinks and canapes on the terrace overlooking the sea.  

To make the evening go with a swing the music, for us to listen and dance to, will be provided by our very own Barry Reading.   

Attached is the excellent menu for you to choose main and sweet courses from. The cost is

25eu pp for members, and 30eu pp for non-members and guests. I know that June seems a way off but it would be helpful if you confirm if you can attend.  We hope that you will join us to make it an enjoyable evening to remember

Queen’s Birthday Tea Party – Saturday 11th June 2016

This event has already been advertised extensively under the direction of John Campbell and the Director of the Aviation Museum. This is expanding into a significant event – full details will be issued shortly so please reserve this date in your diary.

SOL Club Run – Sunday 12th June 2016

This Run is being organised by Mike & Irene Mackie and Terry & Sue Grogan. It includes an exceptionally interesting visit to the British Cemetery in Malaga, Full details to follow.

Finally

We have samples of Caps and Shirts with Club logos. These have been obtained by Jim and Charlene and will be on display at each of our Club meetings.

Carol has already fulfilled 8 orders – 7 Shirts and 1 Fleece – for members. If you want to order anything please contact her and she will deal with it.

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 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 – carol.lindores@gmail.com or ray.l.holland@btinternet.com

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

SOL Classic Car Club – Program 2016

Day

Date

Event

Leader

Time

Meeting Venue

Comments

Wednesday

11 May

Club night dinner

Qasim

7:30 pm

El Chaparral

Saturday

21 May

Gibraltar Festival

Ray & Carol

10.00am

TBC

Gibraltar

Sunday

22 May

Run with other Club

Ray Holland & Stefan Nichols

TBC

TBC

An overnight stay at the Suites of San Roque is available.

Wednesday

8 June

Club night dinner

Ray

7:30 pm

Avanto

Special Mid Summer Dinner

Saturday

11 June

Aviation Museum

John Campbell

10.00am

TBC

Queen’s Birthday

Sunday

12 June

Club Run

Mike Mackie & Terry Grogan

TBC

TBC

Wednesday

13 July

Club night dinner

Qasim

7:30 pm

El Chaparral

Saturday

16 July

AT HOME’ day & Car Run

Brooke & Cammie

10.00 am

Brooke & Cammie

Bring a plate to share

Wednesday

August

NO CLUB NIGHT IN AUGUST

Saturday

August

NO CAR RUN IN AUGUST

Wednesday

14 Sep

Club night dinner

Qasim

7:30 pm

El Chaparral

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

16 Sept

17 Sept

18 Sept

Sept weekend Hotel Cuevas la Granja

John & Marion

10am

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Lunch 14.30

Las Platero Coin

For Breakfast

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Non-weekenders welcome

Wednesday

12 Oct

Club night dinner

Qasim

7:30 pm

El Chaparral

Saturday

15 Oct

Car Run

Ian Couch, Phoung, Pat & Roley

10.00am

Los Almendros & Ronda

Wednesday

9Nov

Club night dinner

Qasim

7:30 pm

El Chaparral

Saturday

12 Nov

Car Run

Mike Glitheroe

TBA

TBA

Wednesday

14 Dec

Club Christmas Dinner

Qasim

7:30 pm

Provisional booking made

TB

Saturday

3 Dec

Christmas Theme Car Run

Jim & Charlene Sutton

10.00am

TBA

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