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

March Events Roundup

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Our regular monthly meeting is a great way to ‘kick off’ each month, giving the chance to ramble on with friends and remind ourselves of the events in store. So it was when we met on the 2nd March and benefited from Chas’ reminders of club ‘doings’ to come. We also heard that the club grille badges were now in stock and, as I speak, many are being mounted to highly polished grilles and badge bars. The talk this month was about replacement parts for classic cars and the need to check them carefully before fitting. Some examples of the dangers were shown. Remember folks: check twice, fit once!

On Sunday 4th March, five members attended the show at Sorbas and we provided four of the six British cars on display. Well done boys and girls!

Twenty nine, yes, twenty nine, members gathered at Bar International on the 8th March, for Peter and Karen’s run up into the blossom laden delights of the Estancia Mountains and beyond into the campo, to finish for lunch in the village of Saliente. We had some excitement (of the ‘failing to make progress’ variety), but none were left behind and all ended safely. Good luck with the repairs, Keith.

It was a good turn out for Club 950s meeting at Bar Laguna, on 26th March, with ten cars from the club in attendance……including Brian’s Triumph Mayflower, which out for the first time after its engine rebuild. Great to see her out, Brian!

As usual, full details in Classic Chat here on the website. But members only. Not a member? Join up now!

Paul Gough

February Events Roundup

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Another month with lots happening, kicking off with the AGM, on 2nd February. Now, many folks avoid AGMs like the plague. Such meetings are often thinly attended, quiet and self conscious affairs, with people avoiding the front seats in case they get ‘caught’.

 Well, not in our club as extra seats were required to ensure over thirty members could sit comfortably around two packed tables. The offer by the committee to stand for re-election (with the exception of Wendy who is not available due to business pressures) was warmly accepted by the membership.

So, the Committee say “Thanks for your support and we will carry on with the development of the club”.

 Now, how many clubs can support two events on the same day? Not many, I bet. But we can, because we are a growing, vibrant club! So it was, on 19th February, when nearly thirty members and their classics set off for the monthly run (organised by David and Sue), from Huercal Overa, for a run to the hills, having coffee at Velez Rubio, then returning through almond blossom and past windmills, for lunch at Las Norias.

 Meanwhile, down on Vera Playa, another group of club members assembled with the 950 Club for their monthly classic car meet, which this month coincided with the charity event in aid of Leo the Lion: a small boy requiring an urgent operation. A chance to support a good cause and promote the club!

 Then, drawing the month to a close, it was time for our first Saturday morning event of the year, on 25th February. An early start maybe, but fifteen ‘get up early types’ had a great visit to Albox Storage Solutions, where we were welcomed by owners Steve and Amanda for a talk about their business and a chance to see and hear about their many interesting projects. Then it was off to La Vida for a slap up lunch!

 Right, time to clean wheel arches. See you next month.

Paul Gough

January Events Roundup

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Ok, so December isn’t January, but events for 2017 started early with members leaving their fire sides for the first Boxing Day Dip Run – an impromptu event organised by Peter and Karen Underdown. Many of the usual suspects turned up and set off in convoy to Balsa de Cela, where two intrepid and fearless members braved the warm waters. Good fun!


Another first was the New Year’s Day Run from Hotel Overa to Villaricos, which was much enjoyed by those attending who clearly could get up in the morning and didn’t have a hang-over. Thanks to Alan and Margaret.


We had a good monthly club meeting on 12th January where our new club grille badge was seen for the first time. Reserve yours now from Peter and Karen – only a few left as I write this.

Many of us went down to  Bar Laguna’s Sunday morning meeting on 15th January and enjoyed the chance to chat with other classic car nuts and make new friends.

So, this takes us to 18th January and our monthly run out with lunch, this time starting from Mi Casa, Antas and with a nice drive down to Mojacar for lunch. It was the usual noisey time with 30 folks supporting Mike and Wendy’s much enjoyed event.

So, if we didn’t see you this month, where were you? Look at what you’ve missed!

Paul Gough


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An excellent start to the new year for the club. 41 members attended the AGM on Thursday 4th February at 3.30pm at Hotel Overa. The hotel provided nibbles and refreshments thanks to Sybil and Jean for organising this.


The committee stood down, and following a vote from the floor were re-elected in full, with additional duties taken on by Chas as Events-Co-ordinator. Alan Foreman will handle membership, and I (Wendy Rhodes) will assist Ray with the website and will start a club blog. Peter Underwood took to the floor to express gratitude, and a vote of thanks to the Committee for all their hard work, and to voice appreciation on behalf of all members on the positive way the club is run. A round of applause was conveyed by all.



Treasurer Malcolm Smallwood delivered the clubs financial report. The club’s funds stand at £609.84. Judy proposed the accounts which were seconded by Will. At the beginning of the club’s year there were 20 new members, and a further 12 up to the end of December 2015.


The club’s president David Fox stated, that having a club meeting through the summer months had proved successful and if the weather premits will continue this year. (Determined by the intensity of the Spanish sun)


Ray & Sybil were organising the next car run with a meal arranged at Kalavera. Trevor is also arranging a social lunch outside Mazarron on Wednesday 23rd March. While, Malcolm talked about a proposed weekend away to Baza on 4-5th June.


The next meeting is on Thursday 4th March, Hotel Overa at 3pm.


The Committee Members are:


President-David Fox
Vice President-Chas Longhurst
Secretary-Sue Fox
Treasurer-Malcolm Smallwood
Membership Secretary-Alan Foreman
Events Co-ordinator-Chas Longhurst
Magazine Editor-Paul Gough
Webmaster & Regalia-Ray Perkins
Blogger-Wendy Rhodes


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Well, thanks to you, we achieved our goal of 20 classics on display! Thanks to everyone who exhibited and also those who came along on the day to support us. Although cloudy there was no rain, so that was a blessing.

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We had the chance to see Alan & Margaret Foreman’s MGB GT on its first appearance after arriving from the UK. Alan joined last month. Will & Charli Gater came along in their newly purchased Jeep, again for its first club outing.
Another new car on show was John and Debbie’s NG, in which they came all the way from Galera, Granada.
We achieved our goal of 20 cars on display and no less than 30 folks sat down to lunch. This makes it the most popular event since I have been keeping records. Also, we contributed over 35 euros to the day’s charity funds and the club donated a prize for the day’s raffle. So, well done all!
So a great turn out and thanks to everyone including our two judges, Will Gater and Alan Foreman, and Sean Mahaffey for help setting up and car movements. Last but not least thanks to our President David Fox for presenting the prizes.
AWARD WINNERS: Car of the Show – Malcolm & Jean Smallwood, Austin Healey. Most Original Car – David Manning, Citroen Ami 6. Member’s Choice – Theo & Karin Aelen, VW convertible. Furthest distance travelled – John & Debbie Valentine, NG.