Phoenix Car Club, Licor 43 drive, review, Saturday 17th June 2017
The weather omens were good; bright, clear, still and warm. At 09:30 it was 23°C and cloudless as eleven cars met at the Ace Café. After everyone seemed to take on board essential caffeine, the convoy eased onto the CV-945. Traffic was light and unusually the anticipated peleton were absent and progress was unhindered. Pedrera lake appeared almost turquoise, contrasting with the greens of the forest fringing the CV-925 and highlighting the succession of hairpins and bends which makes this road so attractive. A turn-off onto the RM-F24 and eventual crossing into Murcia heralded a dryer, less green environment. The only real “event” was being held up by a tractor and her slurry tank; too many in our convoy to safely overtake on the short straights that characterise RM-F24 but for the less patient or the more reckless our extended convey was barely an obstacle, merely a hindrance! Another 11 kilometres or so and we turned off into San Cayetano for a comfort break, chance for a decent coffee, for smokers to sin and the prudent convertible owners to apply sun cream! Time taken: 45 minutes, temperature now 28.5°C. A further 25 kilometres and as many minutes and we turned into the Licor 43 site; with no workers we could all park in the covered carpark. Read more »
Many interesting cars at the June Ace Cafe including a batch of Minis, an interesting VW Beetle convertible, Tom’s Capri and a 205 Cti which will soon become a club member (well,it’s Mum and Dad anyway)
Never was the title of club drive so apt as Johnny’s Vega Baja Zig Zag. Never straying far from Crevillente we enjoyed a wonderful selection of rural roads and saw things that we had not seen in a very long time. At the pit stop at El Barranco Cayetano all you could hear was “Did you see this?” and” Did you see that?”. Bales of hay, goats, gardens, strange houses, farms and glorious scenery were all mentioned. Proof, were it needed, that a good drive over interesting roads is all you need for a successful day out. Never mind that we all went home hungry!
20 club members enjoyed a very pleasant evening of petanca and food on Thursday 18th of May. We met at the Ace Cafe and drove to El Mirador near Villamartín where the experts taught the novices how to play and then everyone got covered in dust and grit and we all had a jolly good time. The meal was excellent and we look forward to the Club Breakfast at the same venue in August. We have some photographs of the cars on the way to the venue but none of the petanca because the photographer’s hands were too dirty to handle the camera! Read more »
The May Ace Café at La Torre Hotel, Los Montesinos saw a welcome number of new cars as well as many regular club members cars. We are still playing with the new club website so expect some pictures shortly.
Oh how lucky we were, the weather had been cold and windy the week before but that all went away for our day out in the sun, a very interesting drive put together by Chris and wife Angie and once again our thanks to them for our picnic in the park in Novelda
Olive was born on the 30.12.78 and her birth was registered in Vigo on 18.1.79 making her a true lady of Spain.
Olive has survived the long hot summers and cold winter nights for over 36 years and has really become part of the history of Spain.
I will let her tell you her own story in her words. Read more »Ode to Olive2 years ago
The Antic Car Club of Catalunia
A GENTLEMEN´S AFFAIR, OR A VISIT TO THE ANTIC CAR CLUB OF CATALUNIA
Barcelona has many tourist attractions, but when you tire of Gaudi – “all Gaudied out” as a friend used to say, take a visit to a very private antique car club, it is not actually a museum. The adventure starts with a call to Thomas who is the chief archivist, he speaks some English and will make your reservation. Most visits take place in the evening and once arranged take a Taxi to 182 VIA AUGUSTA, to the north of the Av. Diagonal. It is situated in an underground car park, which doesn´t bode well, but on arrival all doubts are dispelled. The highly polished front door opens into a stately boardroom, bar and a collection of rare model cars. Read more »
When I was back in the U.K. in May, I called in on an old friend of mine, Colin Walker, who lives in the Derbyshire village of Tideswell. Having been an Oil and Gas exploration engineer for over 40 years, Colin started on a bold project about 4 years ago now with the aim of getting a very old car to exceed the 200 mph mark. He purchased a 1953 MGA and along with his motor engineer cousin, began the long, painful and, by all accounts, very expensive process of re-building this vehicle with the eventual aim of taking it to the Salt Flats in Bonneville, Utah. The car was completely stripped down and a 5 litre Ford engine purchased to create the power source needed. Read more »
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About halfway down through France, in darkness and driving rain I asked myself was I mad or what? I didn’t dare answer the question in case I might arrive at the wrong conclusion so I just carried on but have no doubt, dear reader and fellow club member, I was seriously concerned about my sanity. How did I find myself in this situation in early December, driving a fully laden MX5 from Ireland to Spain with nobody for company except Maggie, the Sat Nav voice and a cuddly toy in the shape of the Munster Rugby mascot. I spoke to both ! Frequently ! Read more »
The debate over the proposed increase to up to 10% of ethanol in petrol in 2013 is a major worry for enthusiasts.The Federation believes that E5 (5% ethanol fuel) should not be phased out in 2013 – its widespread availability should continue for the foreseeable future- and that consideration should be given for maintaining a supply of E0 fuel for Historic vehicles. Read more »Ethanol2 years ago
An Arabian Adventure – or how not to get washed down a wadi
Eric and Ann Clarke
AN ARABIAN ADVENTURE – OR HOW NOT TO GET WASHED DOWN A WADI
With the water forcing its way in the doors and the 4×4 Jeep moving sideways like a wounded crab – we were not making much headway! was it a wise decision to try and get through the flood?? The saying that more people die in the desert of flash floods, than of thirst crossed my mind. Read more »Arabian Adventure2 years ago
JUST OUT OF THE BOX……
JUST OUT OF THE BOX? YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IT!! Having spent some time over the last three years in DUBAI we had almost given up hope of seeing classic cars except in museums, but this year we were lucky enough to be there when they held their second classic car show. Read more »
Citroen presented their first front-wheel drive cars and started a revolution in auto production
Andre Citroen was very successful in drawing the public`s attention with elaborate publicity campaigns. In 1922, airplanes wrote the name “Citroen” in the sky over Paris; in 1925 the name “Citroen” could have been read on the Eiffel tower: 200,000 lightbulbs were necessary and several kilometers of cabling! Read more »
Ernie and Valerie’s drive back to Spain in their new Figaro
On 27th September we set out for Spain and enjoyed a lovely drive through Ireland and France. Ernie did most of the driving and I navigated (did my best!). Driving through beautiful countryside we avoided the motorways and stopped off at some interesting places, such as Le Mont-Saint-Michel, an old town with narrow cobbled streets and an abbey, not too far from Cherbourg. It’s well worth a visit but be prepared for a steep climb to the top. Make sure you don’t park too near the entrance (as we did) unless you can run quickly. There was a warning announcing for people to return to their cars before the tide came in! Read more »