It was the first year of this ambitious event organised by the MCW team and Port Adriano, supported by the Classic Car Club, Driving Mallorca and the American Car Club. The action was spread over several days and was judged an overall success. In principle there were three main events, kicking off with a BBQ at The Boat House in Palma on the Wednesday, making good use of the weekly car meeting and expanding that to well over 40 cars. The tasty BBQ was very well done by The Boat House crew and together with a lovely evening and good live music, made for a very enjoyable opening event.
Daytime Thursday and Friday were reserved for pre-judging the cars entered for the Concours and free drives around the island guided by route maps provided by the organisers. On Friday evening, Sixt hosted cocktails at La Terraza in Port Adriano.
The American Car Club launched events on Saturday with a full day based around their well organised and interesting car show. Mid afternoon saw the start of the Concours presentation, centred around the Philippe Starck building and culminating with the prize giving. Nick from our very own Classic Car Club scooped first place in the later category with his immaculate 1967 Mustang and the earlier age category was won by a thoroughly well presented 1950 Mercedes 170S from Germany, which was also the overall Concours winner. Almudena, wife of Paco, a well known Classic Car Club petrol head and personality took first prize for the best period dress to match their 1940 Ford Mercury.
After a pause for a couple of hours or so, 180 of us enjoyed a fabulous Japanese meal at the BMW100 dinner, held at Coast in Port Adriano.
Sunday was driving day, 45 cars, 27 from the Classic Car Club, took off from Port Adriano on a 120km pleasure drive up through Puigpunyent, to Son Net for a coffee stop and then down through Port d’Andratx and Santa Ponsa, heading back to the start and a late lunch at the Harbour Grill in Port Adriano. The winner was Jan Coenen driving a 1959 MGA.
In summary it was a feast of cars and a full itinerary for all of us petrol heads to enjoy. Next year the organisers promise even more cars and a much slicker event so….
Put 20-24 September 2017 in your diary now
The general plan for the 2017 event will be very similar to this year, starting with a BBQ at The Boat House on the Wednesday, Saturday will be show day and Sunday a driving day.
Best, Robert Klevenhagen