Jan 1st, 2012 in Spain ……….

Club member Richard O Rourke forsake the annual New Years Day run here for another, rather sunnier, event in Spain.  Read his story below and see some pics here.

Not long after landing here I found no less than three classic car clubs in the area. I e mailed one and they told me that there was a waiting list for membership ! Never heard the like. Another is called the Sunday Drivers Club and as I try to avoid these at home I decided to pass ( if I could get by). Anyway I decided on the Phoenix Car Club mainly because they run two events a month, a get together on the first Sunday called the Ace Cafe Meeting and a drive to a place of interest later in the month. I met two of their members prior to joining, one a member of the folk music club which I attend and a Merc SL owner and the other, John O'Connell from Galway, whom I met at a filling station by pure chance. He is a former C of C of the Galway Rally and has done safety officer on West Cork. He has an MX5 back in Galway, a '91 Mk1 like mine and he has a Cortina 1600E down here. We agreed to meet on New Year's Day, being the first Sunday of the month, at the Ace Cafe Meeting in Los Monestinos, a village surrounded by orange and lemon groves and about 15 km from where I live.

I was joined by Tommy Heaphy from Listowel, a semi-retired car dealer and an old buddy of Paddy Guerin and in 20 deg sunshine it was roof down all the way. I met the rest of the congregation in Los Monestinos and straight away was made welcome and asked if I would like to join the club which is for classic (25 years and over) and specialist cars (anything younger but interesting) and I was told that my beloved MX5 would be acceptable in the latter category. They are fairly rare in these parts and no one had ever seen a V Special before.

Among the more interesting cars on display were a Fiat Barchetta, two immaculate TR3's, a V12 E Type, a 911 Carrera 2 and a Porsche engined VW Camper complete with lowered suspension and Fuchs wheels. Yank tanks are popular here and in particular Chevy Corvettes are fancied by those with deep pockets or petrol stations. Old cars last well here in the mainly warm and dry climate and are more likely to suffer from sunburn than rust.

The next club outing is to the old port town of Cartagena, a place of great maritime historical interest so watch this space for future reports. I can be contacted at  rjorourke@gmail.com – your Continental Correspondent.

Jan 1st, 2012.

A great turnout today of 80 or so various pieces of machinery taking part in the Annual Marymount Run from Douglas to Roberts Cove.   We have pictures HERE and we also hope to have a wee report from Southern Spain where club member Richard O Rourke took part in their New Years Day Run.

New Years Day Run

The first club event of 2012 takes place on Jan 1st and is the usual Charity Run to Roberts Cove.  We will have a collection on the day with all funds raised going to Marymount Hospice, so please be generous with your donation.

The event is non-competitive with all cars and bikes of all vintage welcome to attend.  The meeting point is adjacent to Dunnes Stores car park in Douglas at 10.30.

Festive Season

The Munster Vintage Motor Cycle & Car Club would like wish you all a very Happy Christmas & a Prosperous, safe and Classic 2012.


Don't forget the New Years Day Run (details soon)

Classic Insurance

McCarthy's Insurance are runnning a scheme through Aviva Insurance.  

For anybody interested, contact Ruth Power @ McCarthy Insurance Group 021 4275311 for details.

Members can get more info here or here.


New Years Day

As usual, the annual run to Robertscove will take place on Jan 1st.  Check back for regular updates.