Russell Stevens Memorial Car Show & BBQ – 24 July 2019

The car show and BBQ in memory of Russell Stevens at the Boat House was a tremendous success. Some 68 spectacular cars filled the car park to overflowing and loads of people came to see the cars, talk cars and eat the delicious BBQ.

Many of you may ask ‘who was Russell Stevens?’ This guy tragically passed away four years ago. The result of a bizarre accident on the way to a charity classic car event one Sunday morning in June. He was Mallorca’s foremost petrolhead, utterly obsessed with anything on four wheels.

By the time he’d spent over a decade on the island, Russell was known to pretty much every car nut here. He was involved in many events, for both classics and modern supercars, driving or static, he was into it. The weekly Wednesday meet at The Boat House sprang out of a conversation over lunch after a Classic Car Club rally, to which he’d brought a metallic red 1966 Mustang Fastback. We talked about starting a ‘Chelsea Cruise’ in Palma. With his infectious enthusiasm it turned into a reality. So now, in his memory, once a year we celebrate his colourful life with this car show and BBQ at the Boat House.

The crowds were entertained by fabulous live music from the Glassfort Reggae Band, their style really suited the occasion and laid back mood of the evening. This show is unique in the Mallorcan car enthusiast’s calendar because it brings together everything from vintage through classics, performance and sports cars to contemporary supercars. It’s the ultimate cocktail of motoring extravaganza on the island.

The Boat House crew put on an excellent BBQ and the bar and restaurant were packed all evening. I think most would agree that the combination of smooth organisation and relaxed atmosphere made the event something very special. At 7pm we honoured Russell, not with the traditional one minute of silence, but with one minute of noise. Cars revving, horns going, klaxons screaming, lots of petrol getting burned up. I’m sure it could it be heard ‘up there’ which is what we were trying to achieve.

I won’t talk about the cars which turned up because there were too many to mention and there are these great photos to look at. Let’s just say that the cars were an eclectic mix, everything interesting on wheels. Thanks for the organisation to all the great Boat House crew, to Hamish for booking such a wonderful band and to Peter and Stan who did a fantastic job helping me deal with the enormous traffic jam we caused at the entrance. And many thanks to Adrian Gillet for the fab photos.

Robert Klevenhagen

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