It was a windy, chilly but sunny day for the last of this year’s classic car rallies, ‘Catching Crows’, which took place on Sunday the 25 November. More than 20 cars attended and met at Marratxi (Festival Park) for what proved to be an interesting and enjoyable rally.
Organised by Gordon Cox, it involved driving along a circular route that explored a central part of Mallorca passing close to Santa Maria, onto Sencelles and then back to Marratxi. The route was marked only with a series of dark spots, so it was up to each driver to choose how to navigate their way round. Each of the 20 spots represented the location of a picture showing a partially coloured crow and a letter – the aim was to collect the letters, match them to three different coloured cars and from this try and work out the model and make of each car.
It needed an eagle eye, or should that be a crow’s eye, to find all twenty letters along the scenic route. In the end, eight participants managed to solve the anagrams and correctly identified the three cars, one of which, the Ford GT40, proved to be critical in a tie break question to find a winner. The question: how many times has the GT40 won the 24 Le Mans proved a doddle for Nick Scantlebury, or so he thought – he correctly knew the GT40 had won each year from 1966 to 1969 but unfortunately had answered three times. In fact, it’s four times! Ray Dodd successfully answered this question and won the rally.
The presentation took place at the Las Rias Baixas restaurant, close to Festival Park, where an enjoyable three course meal and a generous amount of wine was had by all.
Congratulations to Ray and Sue Dodd on winning the rally, to Michael and Sabine Lobecke on coming second and to Michael and Anna van Bregt for taking third place. Also, a big thank you to Gordon for organising this rally.