We congregated in Callosa with a few more cars joining in along the way and 12 cars set off in the early morning fog which spoiled the views of the first half of the drive but didn’t lessen the enjoyment of the route via Elche, the suburbs of Alicante, San Vincente, Agost and Alcoi. At the coffee halt some cars had gone missing but caught up later on as we headed into the mountains and over some fabulous roads (just wide enough for Dafydd’s Rolls Royce) to our destination, the Restaurant Roselada in Monovar. Now that the sun had come out the views were spectacular as you can see from Chris’s excellent video (see link https://youtu.be/KB2WilitJng) and everyone enjoyed the day out and the wonderful meal.
This was another do we or don’t we drive, as the weather once again threatened to put the kybosh on the day, but in true Phoenix spirit 30 people gathered at the old Meroil J733 and set off for our drive, and we had a very scenic drive, pleasant coffee stop and a little shopping in the pottery emporium, all be it with one eye on the very menacing clouds forming, the wind was getting a little stronger and b**** freezing. We then set off for lunch at Las Palmaras Crevillente, where we had the side dining room all to ourselves and enjoyed an excellent lunch, a really lovely end to the day organized by Sue & Richard.
Our AGM was held at El Prado San Miguel It was voted unanimously to adjust fees to 20e per person thus making single member fee 20e Joint member 40e The voting in of COM : President: Nathan Hall – Secretary: Richard O Rourke- Treasurer: Lesley Hall – Vocales: Johnny Halverson, Ian Smith , Terry Sawkins . Many thanks to all in attendance
Once again we were looked after very well by the Cosecha staff , this time we had an evening event with entertainment for a change and I think this was welcomed by most. All members that were at the meal were treated to our now famous Calendar. Many thanks to Lesley for booking, collecting menu choices, and collecting money for all this to run smoothly. (Calendars for members not at the meal are available at the monthly ACE)
We met at the Lo Monte Hotel, hence the name of the drive, and Richard’s half took us via El Mirador and Avileses to the coffee halt at Venta El Garruchal in the hills south of Murcia. After viewing the scenery Ian took over and led us around Murcia city and then via Fortuna to the lunch stop at Los Molinicos. 38 members enjoyed a lovely drive in warm sunshine.
We had 16 members and 2 guests for our golf day and what a lovely day we had for it, very warm for this time of year. We were set of in groups of 3 or 4 and we soon found who had a flair for this golfing lark, there was lots of laughing and everyone had a great time. The winner was Jim (guest) 2nd Terry Sawkins 3rd Barbara Fullalove. Well done to all the Golfers.
The Annual Autotest and drive took place on Thursday July 11th and 23 members took part, though not all attempted the autotest. The drive began at Castillo Conesa in San Miguel and followed a route to Montebello, La Finca, Pedrera, Torremendo and Rebate before returning to Conesa where we had great fun competing in and watching the antics of the Autotest. Tests included parking between parallel lines, car golf, egg and spoon (ladle, tennis ball and bucket), and squashing the squeak. After a stewards enquiry Ian Smith, navigated by grandson, Jack, was declared the winner with Alan Fullalove, Karl Neuinzer, Nathan Hall and Lou Sawkins in joint second place. Even though Dennis Wilson set the fastest time he was last!
Chris and Ange Grube organised this very pleasant drive which started from Meroil in Catral and wound it’s way via San Isidro, Albetera, Hondon, (both) and Romana to Salinas where the Café Trivial was the location for the coffee halt. Onward then and the roads and the scenery got better and better as the day went on. We travelled via Yecla and Villena towards Caudete and then through Fontenars before stopping at the falls and lakes at Pou Clar Ontinyent. From there it was a short spin to Bocairent where we dined in the wonderful Hotel L’Estacio. The food and surroundings were first class and after the meal some of the more active members wandered around the old town and visited the sites including the eighteenth century bullring. Many thanks to Chris and Ange for their imaginative efforts in organising this excellent drive.
I would just like to say a big Thankyou to all the exhibitors and members who attended the I.F.A. Show. It was a great success for all concerned. The organisers are hoping next year will be even bigger. Thanks to C.B.cruisers and the Jaguar enthusiasts club, particularly Brian Rae (CB cruisers) and Den Wilson ( Jaguar Enthusiasts Club) for their invaluable help in getting twenty three cars on the stand. A great joint venture from three good clubs. The Phoenix stand included Steve’s Alvis, Rogers TR3, Dens Oxford, Rolfs and Torbens Mercedes and Toms Capri. Lastly I would like to thank my fellow member and friend Joachin, without whom none of this would be possible. Once again a great weekend had by all. Massive interest in all the cars on show at our stand. People asking if each and every one of the cars were for sale!! Thanks. Regards, Bob And many thanks from me for all the support. So pleased it was a success. Nathan.
Having all met at Torre Pacheco we all headed of towards Mojacar via some of Johnny’s very spectacular scenic roads and villages, there was the usual coffee stop for tapas and then onward to the Hotel. This was a lovely Hotel just below the Pueblo this gave an opportunity to take a taxi up to the top and explore the very pretty village then back down in time for drinks before dinner, the choice could not have been better meat and fish cooked on the plancha or hot buffet or cold meats and salad. All the rooms were very comfortable and in the evening were entertained by Richard & Ian with their guitar and an odd song from Terry. The 2nd day we all set of for a drive along the coast and around the mountain giving fantastic views of the bays below, it was just after our stop to view the light house at La Mesa Roldan that Ian’s car had a seizure in a great cloud of steam and smoke came to a stop, the general thought was that the compressor had seized on his SLK so the Grua was called. The rest of us continued the tour and all 20 of us met on the patio for drinks before dinner. This 2nd evening the hotel had their own entertainer singing 80s songs
The Tour was a great success even with Ian’s breakdown and Alans MGB giving concern and Johnny’s newly painted Mercedes had the indicator light fall off but that’s old cars for you.
This was a great 3 days put together by Johnny & Rachel, we thank them for all the had work doing the research and leading the way. We thank the other members that joined the tour who also made this a very happy band of Phoenix Car Clubbers . Anyone one want to go to Ibeza next year ?
Ian organised this drive to the guns at Mazarron and it took place on Wednesday 24th of April to avoid the congestion at the weekend as the road to the guns and parking is restricted. We took the motorway almost to Cartagena and then stopped for coffee at Venta Mona before the breathtaking views on the road to the guns. After all the rain we were blessed with warm, sunny weather and everyone enjoyed the walk to where the guns were located on the clifftop. The army were on a training exercise on the day and one of their officers took time out to give us a guided tour. Then it was back to Venta Mona for a tasty lunch before heading for home.
We started the day rather early for our drive to the IFA to meet up with our American club friends and then go on to meet our police escort to take the 27 cars to the Marq museum, voted the best in Europe. The building was the old hospital and has been transformed into this archaeological interest. We then continued with our escort to the Modern Art Museum, we were all now parked in the square by the town hall where a steady throng of people were able to view the cars. Some of us popped into the Church to listen to the Semana Santa band performing to a packed audience, an added bonus .. Then at 2.15 we were off to lunch with our 2 volunteer policeman forcing us through the traffic, what a task, we were then securely parked in the restaurant car park . Our lunch was a 7 course meal and we were looked after superbly ( even the gluten free ) by the staff. This was a fabulous day out in Alicante well organised by Bob , Joaquin and Juan. Many thanks to them for all there hard work in putting this together .
It was cold when we gathered in Lo Monte for Ian’s Roundabout Run of Enlightenment drive on Feb 17th. No roofs down then as we set off via Lo Pagán, Santiago de la Ribera and Los Alcázares before landing at the Another Planet micro brewery in Torre Pacheco. Our host, Lawrence, was very informative and we were entertained and educated as he explained the process of brewing beer in smallish quantities. Of course we had to sample the produce ( in micro amounts) and the reaction was, as you might expect, varied.
Onward then to Roldan where we were delayed by a detour but we eventually made our way to La Puebla where we had a very nice lunch at Meson Galindo in the company of a very noisy tenth birthday party.
Well done to Ian and Carol for a very well organised drive and it was lovely to have Lesley with us after her recent illness
Once again we had our Christmas lunch at La Cosecha and this was enjoyed by 62 members ,and I know we have been there a number of times now but they never disappoint giving us a very extensive menu to choose from. A big thank you to Lesley for all the lists and organizing all your requirements and Richard for the photos and the calendars that were appreciated by all. Also thanks from me for making the final event of the year a fantastic day, what better way than with all your Phoenix Car club friends………… Happy Christmas……….. Nathan
The Lunch was ended by me having to gain entry to Roger’s land rover as he had locked the keys in the car, however his mind was probably on other things as he had just had operation only half hour before…. We wish him well.
For the last Drive of the year it could not have been better, a magnificent turn-out of 21 cars and 44 members took part, the weather was also very kind to us. Johnny put on one of his country / mountain drives across the Sierra de Altaona that certainly did not disappoint, even though we had to share the mountain roads with a few hundred bikes who seemed to have no regard for their lives or my paintwork !!
Steve with the Alvis had a small problem with overheating due to having to go slow to avoid bikes and the climb at one point, our thanks to Ernie and Valerie for stopping to help and they re joined us at the coffee stop.
Following coffee we continued via Balsicas, Torre Pacheco and Los Alcazares to La Union where we turned onto the familiar Iron Ore road to Portman and onward to our lunch stop in Los Belones and the very busy but very efficient Campo Verde restaurant.
Well with the forecasters telling us we were in for a blasting we did not know if we should abandon this drive, however we held our nerve and at the start on Sunday morning we just had a little drizzle, by the time we were at our coffee stop we had been in sunshine for some time and what a fantastic day. We drove through farms numerous villages with a real flavour of old Spain. We arrived at the foot of the statue of Christ on a huge rock with outstretched arms in the village of Monteagudo ( we have all seen it if you go to Ikea Murcia ). We then travelled on to our lunch stop at Sucina where we were given a somewhat leisurely lunch but it was all well worth waiting for.