March 2018 Events Roundup

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March 2018

 Again in the big room, we welcomed a strong contingent for our monthly get together including a visitor from our neighbouring club in Mazarron. We also welcomed new members Bob and Carol Pemberton, and Julian Taylor to the fold.

 We went to the hills last month, but on the 14th the opposite was the case with 19 cars and 34 members, inc., one guest on a motorcycle (another first for our club) enjoying The Flatlands Run from Huercal Overa to San Juan and Villaricos for lunch. If you look on the facebook page of ‘Los Conteros’, you will find some pictures. It was well received, with a quiz included, and so we plan to re run the event next year.

 The 25th March saw the 950 Club meeting return to Bar Laguna  where, despite the chilly wind, a good selection of cars turned out. Have a look at our facebook page for the photos’.

 See you next month.

Paul Gough

February 2018 Events Roundup

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February 2018

Thankfully, we were lucky enough to have the ‘big’ room for our meeting on the 1st, which was also the club’s AGM. No less than 49 members and partners packed into the room and this was our largest ever attendance at any meeting! We must be getting it right.

As is customary, the committee stood down and much to everyone’s relief I’m sure, offered themselves for re-election, which was agreed. So, you have the same ol’ lot back again for another year!

At the close of the meeting we had our usual quiz, but with a change for the future; the loser gets to do the next quiz. This caused a little concern​,​me thinks​,​and some unusually high scores! Minutes of the AGM will be circulated separately.

On February 22nd an adventurous run to a dramatic mountain pass at Alto Velefique saw a mixed fleet of ‘classics’ and ‘moderns’  deal with the series of 180 degree bends leading to the top and a chance to stop and enjoy the superb views. The decent took the column to Bacares for a well deserved lunch where organisers Alan and Dickie could relax with the demanding part of the trip safely completed

​​​On 25th, ​​t​he 950 Club again moved to a new location; Hotel Balla​b​ona. We all welcomed the sight of Phil and Mary clattering in with their ‘new’ 2CV, and what a little smasher it is too! To show the spread of cars which turn up at this relaxed ‘freestyle’ get-together, a ​’​Roller​’​was also in attendance. Another good turn out by club members to support the 950 Club.
Paul Gough

January 2018 Events Roundup

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January 2018 

The first meeting of the year was held on 11th and again we found ourselves in the ‘small’ room. Never mind, a good meeting as usual, with a quiz at the end.

Malcolm’s run went off well on the 18th where we found ourselves starting from the Ballabona and enjoying countryside view to San Juan for coffee overlooking the sea, and then on to La Herrerias for lunch, where no less than 32 folks enjoyed a good lunch. 

The 950 Club venue changed this month to Longo’s near Albox, where despite the wet weather many turned out, although due to snow and a very cold start to the day some just couldn’t make it. Nonetheless  a well supported event with many members in attendance.If you haven’t been along, why not? 

See you next month.

Paul Gough

December Events Roundup

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December 2017

Well, the last club meeting for 2017, was held on 7th and we were consigned to the ‘small’ room for reasons best known to others. Anyway, it mattered not as we crowded in and made the best of it. Rag Rolls and nuts were available for folks to ‘buy’ for a contribution to our PAWs charity.

​I​t was Christmas Run and Lunch day on 13th when we met at Ballabona Hotel and enjoyed a good drive to La Vida for coffee and on to Messon Irene for lunch. Two whole tables were filled with 35 members and guests, which makes it up there with the best attended events of the year. Well organised, by Will and Charli; we even had named table cards with our individual menu selections as reminders. Much welcomed by those with ‘failing powers’! We all had Xmas presents too – free club base ball caps were handed out to members and club pens to partners, by our Regalia Officers, Peter and Karen.

Then on to 16th December when some members attended the Spanish concentration at Velez Blanco, while others went to Bar Laguna for the 950 Club meet.

And finally, to round off the year, the (now traditional) Boxing Day Swim at La Cela was well supported and two intrepid members (some would say ‘bonkers’) went in for a dip! See the club’s facebook page for the evidence.

So, a good years outings and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

 Paul Gough

November Events Roundup

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Monthly club meeting 2nd November. With the end of the year in sight, attention was drawn to the Calendar of Events for 2018, which is taking shape nicely. Volunteers are needed though, so have a read of the Newsletter to see how you can help. It was a well attended meeting too, with 34 folks filling the room with noisy chatter. We also welcomed new members Peter and Christine, returning members Andy and Julie and guest John.

Even more members and guests turned out for the monthly run, on 15th November, organised by Bill and Brian (shame about the Mayflower being indisposed, Brian). Thirty eight folks sat down to lunch at El Sitio, near Sorbas, after a run starting at Tabernas and taking in the scenery around Tahal. Nice one, boys!

And so to the 950 Club meet at Bar Laguna on 26th, where again lots of people enjoyed coming together for a common interest.

And finally, apologies to Keith and Sue for not mentioning in last month’s ramble, the great run laid on for us last month. It was certainly interesting! Let’s do it again next year!

See you next month.

Paul Gough

October Events Roundup

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October 2017

Twenty five members and two guests turned up for the meeting, in spite of a ‘senior moment’ regarding dates by yours truly! They are coming thick and fast these days, folks! Many were seen leaving clutching rolls of rags, which resulted in a donation of 16 Euros for PAWS. Well done and thanks. We were enlightened, in a talk, about the delights of sourcing smooooth throttle cables!

We reckon there were around 80 classic cars at the La Cinta concentracion on 8th October. A really good turn out by a number of clubs – we sported 5 cars. After breakfast and a tour around local villages, the convoy came to rest in Arboleas and then those who wished to, carried on to Hotel Ballabona for lunch. We are getting known now by Spanish enthusiasts, some of whom came up to say ‘Hola’, having remembered us from Olula last month. Nice!

On 15th October the club was represented at Librilla for the town’s classic car concentracion. A really good show which included some surprises, not least a 1950s Humber Hawk and a s​p​lit screen Minor. Well worth the trip.

The Community Fair at La Alfoquia was well attended with  good ​support in the Classic Car section. There were a couple of motor bikes also. I’m sure this will be even more popular next year when word gets around about the new format. First prize was won by Mark’s father (I can’t remember his name), of the 950 Club, with his Ford Escort. While our club picked up a Highly Recommended (El Presidente’s MG) and also a Third Prize. A good ‘slap up’ lunch was had by members at Bar La Union – the usual suspects having egg and chips.

On then to the gathering at Villa de Alhama de Murcia on 22nd October, where I guess over one hundred cars were gathered. The eye was caught by an ‘as new’ Ford Fairlane, contrasted by equally attractive examples of two Renault 4CV​s​​ and a Seat 800 (a stretched 600 with 4 doors). Hours of fun at this event.​

​Finally, we had a great day on 29th for the 950 Club at Bar Laguna where 29 cars of all types, and motor cycles too, gathered. This is becoming a really friendly and well supported event, where good companionship and banter can be enjoyed.

Busy month, eh?​
​Paul Gough​


September Events Roundup

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Back with a vengeance after the heat of last month with no less than 4 occasions for you to join in with other members, and your classic, all kicked off with our usual convivial club meeting on the 7th.

Three club classics joined our Spanish friends of Clasicos Comarca de Marmol for their grand meeting in Olula Del Rio on 10th September. We were warmly welcomed and after a breakfast and chance to enjoy the display of cars, we all set off for a run around the countryside and back to Olula for lunch.

Mathematicians – can you see any pattern in the sequence 9; 12; 26? No, me neither. The answer though, is that 9 classics (all sports on this occasion), were part of a 12 car convoy for Barry and Brenda’s terrific run on 20th September, which ended up at a new restaurant for the club, called Los Lucas (near El Puerticico), where 26 members and guests enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Well done B&B!

And, last but not least, it was good to see most of the usual culprits for the 950 Club meeting at Bar Laguna, 24th September. I am reliably told that next month there will be a competition, with a prize, for the best presented car. That will be the Lada then, with its usual spotless wheel arches. Unless you want to take me on!

See you next month.

Paul Gough

August Events Roundup

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 3rd August saw the usual suspects gather for our monthly club meeting. Chas introduced a really neat battery booster, which will come to the rescue when a flat battery catches you out. Small enough to fit into a large glove box, it will also charge up mobile ‘phones and so on. We had an update on club regalia, from Peter and Karen (see the new Club Regalia Shop in this month’s newsletter) and John and team gave us an interesting quiz. Thanks to everyone for coming along.

 Our summer evening BBQ was as successful as ever with 22 members having a good time along with their guests. Thanks to Chas for organising the evening.

 On 19th August 12 members and 5 classics supported the Fiesta at Valez Blanco. A certain very yellow TR7 had its first outing. There were fewer cars at the show than in previous years, so our collection made all the more impact. On the way back members stopped off in Velez Rubio for supper in the square. A good evening me thinks.

And finally, we attended the 950 Club’s regular monthly meeting, and enjoyed chatting with friends old and new. Back to Bar Laguna next month, chaps.

So, with the weather getter cooler we can look forward to lots more fun in our cars as we move through autumn.

See you all soon.



July Events Roundup

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Our regular monthly meeting at Hotel Overa was well supported as usual. Thanks to all who came along and welcome to Frank and Barbara who joined us on the day. Following updates on events and club news, the new style polo shirts were displayed by Peter. Place your orders now! We were also entertained by a talk about making wiring looms; the speaker ably assisted by two lovely ladies, followed by our monthly quiz – thanks to Sylvia and Judy.

The Summertime Dinner was, alas, cancelled due to low numbers. However, club members turned up to a Spanish concentracion at Aljaris on 23rd July, and despite the very hot weather we supported the 950 Classic Car Club at their Sunday meeting on 30th July.
Paul Gough

June Events Roundup

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The high point of the Club Meeting on 1st June (not to detract from Barry’s challenging for some quiz) was the talk given by Graham Shelton of Spanish Number Plates. See Karen’s minutes for more details. The talk confirmed many of the difficulties we are experiencing with matriculation, so if nothing else, it was reassuring.

 June 16th to 18th, was the time for this year’s weekend event. The weekend included two nights away in a very comfortable hotel ‘Hotel Montepiedra’, at Pilar de la Horadada and tours of the area. Well done Stuart and Barbara for all your hard work.

 June 28th saw us meeting at Hotel Ballabona, for a run hither and yon, ending up at Bar International for lunch. Thanks to stalwarts Peter and Karen for ‘slotting in’ an extra event for those unable to make the weekend away.

 Thanks to all for their support.