A Tapa in the Sun
It seems that the weather is a preoccupation for many people on this island, me included. Most of my missives start with some comment on the climatic conditions. I don’t plan on changing this style, why mess with a good formula?
I guess many of us who are not native to the island choose to spend time here because of the weather, so it makes sense. To prove the point, the end of November this year has been pretty nice and to follow, the first Sunday of December was tranquil and sunny.
A perfect day to host the Classic Car Club’s final event of 2018, The Christmas Tapas Car Show. We descended on The Boat House in Palma with over 25 classics, all beautifully turned out, polished, fettled and ready to party. The tapas and cava were laid on for us by the kitchen and the bill picked up by the Club. Jolly decent of the Club, don’t you think? Members only mind, we’re not that generous!
Food, drink and conversation flowed, branded merchandise examined, tried on and bought. With over a hundred members, the Club’s end of year trophy, the Driver’s Championship, is always hotly contested. The Championship is decided on points awarded during the whole year, accrued by attending and placing in events, plus bonus points for organising an event.
This year, three drivers and navigators were placed within 30 points of each other. In first place, Michael & Sabine Lobecke on 85 points. Second were Pedro & Ann Alomar on 60 points and third, Helen Pitt on 55 points. The prizes are worth driving for, substantial vouchers from El Corte Ingles, as well as a rather fetching trophy for the winner.
As if that wasn’t enough for one event, every year the Club stages a successful collection for the Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz. The charity helps transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people in 29 care homes on the island. Club members contributed as many toys as one can fit into a van to help make the kids’ Christmas more enjoyable, as well as a cash collection on the day, which this year totalled over 600 euros.
Altogether a fab afternoon, as you’ll see from the great photos taken by our very own man with a long lens, Gaston Westphal.
Seasons’s Greetings to all petrolheads, and of course to all non petrolheads, or ‘normal’ people as we like to call them. See you next season.