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.
Mountains & Waterfalls.Well what a drive, and it was a drivers drive , I don’t think there was a 100 metre straight anywhere , the passenger got to see the scenes the driver got an occasional glance, and the coffee stop was a safari park , then on to the waterfalls. Well done to Alan and Barbara for nursing their overheating MGB to the end and meeting up at lunch. It was a fabulous day and everyone enjoyed it.Well done Johnny.
This was once again held at El Prado San Miguel , and once again they supplied the most fantastic meat feast with starter and dessert wine and water . We had the pleasure of nearly 50 members to celebrate this 11th year and I think both new members and old had an excellent lunch.
This was a new venue to us and what a find, we were given an excellent BBQ of Chicken, Steak, Lamb, & Pork Chop with a jacket potato and separate bowl of chips, wine, beer, water on the table. Thank you to all those attending. Unfortunately Joseph the owner told us on leaving that he had sold the place to the Chinese , so what could of been of use for some other club events for the future ,alas the venue is to close in September.
A smallish but select group of members took part in the May drive which was followed by a fun Autotest, the first time the club has run such an event since 2012. We gathered at the La Torre in Los Montesinos and the one hour route took us to Predrera, Torreaguera, Torremendo, Rebate, San Miguel and the finish at El Mirador, Villamartin. The President disgraced himself by coming last in the Autotest and the first three were Norman Gomm, Alan Fullalove and Ian Smith. Well done to all who took part and we hope to repeat this event on an annual basis. Read more »
We met at La Torre Hotel Los Montesinos for an early start we used fairly main roads to get us on our way to the coffee stop where we were joined by more members who chose to meet us there, after the refreshments we were off on our way, this time through the mountains La Nucia and Polop as we wound our way through to our Restaurant just before you arrive in Guadalest itself. We were treated to the main Museum then into lunch, this was a typical Spanish meal with set menu bread 2 starters followed by nearly a whole chicken each from the BBQ. Read more »
We all met to start this drive to Hondon at the old Meroil service station, we then all set off for the drive to the Bodega visit. Once we’d had look at all the memorabilia and all the wine on offer we all went to the village for coffee, suitably refreshed ( and when our group finally found our way out of the village )we then set of for about an hour drive through the almond blossom and country farms and villages towards our lunch , I think the Spanish lunch could be described as ‘interesting’ but that is what our little adventures are, they are new experiences. However this just made our day out organized by Chris & Angie all the more memorable. Thanks to them for this lovely day out in our cars
As has now become the norm ( Ian won mine, Roger won Ian’s) Roger and Ann-Marie, with help from Dukie, will organise the next treasure hunt, the date for which has yet to be fixed. Expect a few musical clues! Richard.
There were 24 of us meeting at Lo Monte Hotel to be sent on our way to find the treasure and an interesting drive unfolded with new roads and places to see on the way. We found an Eagle, a Plough, a Mill and a cuco ! and many Almond trees with blossom a plenty and the sun shone for us. We finally found our way to our very enjoyable lunch at San Marino, Campo Verde. Many thanks to Ian & Carol Smith for all their hard work in putting this together for us. A most enjoyable day.
Johnny came up with the goods once again and provided us with a very interesting and scenic drive which started and finished at El Cortijo restaurant in Formentera. The event was very well supported and twenty four cars took part and as usual we had a good mix of old, new, European, American, weird and wonderful.
Once again we had an excellent Christmas lunch at La Cosecha attended by 60 club members and 15 cars on the drive from San Miguel. Thanks to Johnny for that, an interesting drive through the fields connecting roads well off the main roads. We also had our Calendar given out to those who attended the lunch, this is our 2nd year with the calendar organised by Richard with club cars featuring. Next years will have club cars that are on the drives throughout the year. If you were not at the lunch and would like a calendar PLEASE see Richard at the ACE.
We wish you all a lovely Christmas. A happy and healthy New Year to all.
Look forward to seeing you all at one of the many events planned for next year.
21st November 2017: Ace Café to Santuario de Santa Eulalia de Merida (Totana)
10:00 and the temperature was 18°C, bright and sunny with no wind. Perfect for a drive! Some 17 cars arrived at the Ace Café, quite a mixture; capacities from 602cc to 5670, horsepower from 29 to 345, weight 600kg to 1570kg,Car ages 1 to 79! . Members from the UK, Sweden,The Netherlands and France. Quite an assortment!
At 10:35 the convoy made its way through Los Montesenos and Torremendo onto flowing “A” roads passing, to our right, the azur blue of lake Pedrera; onwards to where the local signs say that snails are protected!. Through the almost dessert like “moonscape”, crossing into Murcia. Read more »
The club celebrated its 10th Birthday with a very nice lunch at Mesón del Prado in San Miguel. Around sixty people attended and they were treated to a lovely meal and the afternoon was topped off with some singalong music in the background and some pressies in the form of a lucky dip raffle and the 10th anniversary car stickers.
Those members who were unable to attend may collect their stickers at a future Ace Cafe meeting.
Excellent social event organised by Richard with a short interesting drive from our meeting at the ACE to La Marina .
Shaun and Gill and family joined us with the fabulous Duchess ( The Alvis ) very pleased to see them,
We were as promised suitably full (stuffed) having been served with bread & alioli Baked potato or chips and a platter of Chicken, Pork, Ribs, Black pud, Steak , & Sausage, Don’t think any one finished their platter
My Thanks to Richard & Sue For putting this together
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 »