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.

May Events Roundup

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Firstly, a catch up on last month. While some went to Bar Laguna on Sunday 30th April, other members joined Club Clasicos Bahia for a short run from Garrucha to Mojacar for a static display and lunch. The club line up included a Jaguar, a Mayflower and a Vitesse. Well done chaps.

Club meeting. Well attended as usual, with three guests interested in joining: get an arm lock on them! We had an update on all things regalia and were harangued about not using open ended spanners on brake unions and bleed nipples. We also have a supply of donated classic car magazines to give away, so have a rummage next time.

Monthly run, 10th May. Some set off from Los Gallardos, others from elsewhere, all to meet at Uliela del Campo for coffee. From there a great trip through the countryside to Cero Gordo for lunch. No less than 31 folks (27 members and guests) sat down together for a generous lunch. Well done Team Riley.

It was a busy for Team Riley, because, wearing another set of hats, the Flower Festival at the Aljambra Chapel was great success, clearly the result of much labour! The club supported the event, on Saturday 27th May, with thirteen cars in attendance, plus a contribution from Snr Longo with some ‘Yanks’. The flower displays in the chapel were remarkable and reflected involvement from both communities. Thanks for the free burgers chaps!

And, finally. Perhaps our best club turnout at Bar Laguna with no less than 10 cars supporting the mixed line up. Lots of members sitting around and chatting, looking at the cars and promoting our club. Just what a static morning meet should be.

Paul Gough

April Events Roundup

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The highlight of the club meeting on 6th April was the delivery of the grille badges – long awaited but worth waiting for!

The design, chosen from the competition for the new club logo, was by Barry Dennis and to recognise his work, Peter Underdown presented a certificate and a complementary grille badge during the meeting. Well done Barry.

Also in April’s meeting, we passed around a questionnaire about club events and communications. The results are summarised in this month’s Classic Chat. Thanks to all for having a go and have a look at what you said!

On the day of our monthly run (21st April), Alan, who organised the event, went into hospital  (we all wish you good luck and a quick recovery) but this didn’t stop Alan and Margaret planning a great route from the restaurant Morena, through Urcal and on to Velez Rubio for a coffee. Ken and Jaqueline stepped in to lead the group and did a great job at short notice.
In all 38 members and guests arrived at the residence of El Presidente y su encantadora esposa, for a ‘bring and share lunch’, featuring the ham won by Dickie, which he shared with the club. 

On 30th April we supported the 950 Classic Car Club, at Bar Laguna, for their monthly informal meeting. Always good to see friends old and new. It’s getting to be a regular get together – why miss out? Come along next time!

Lots on for next month, so get cleaning and polishing!

Paul Gough