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THE EAST COAST ECO TOUR CAR RUN 28 MAY 2023

This month’s Car Run was organised by Gerton Bijlholt and Cindy, with help from Helen Pitt.  It was called the ‘East Coast Eco Tour’ and, as the title suggests, the Car Run took us along a route that took in the Southeast and East coast of Mallorca.

It was well attended by 37 people bringing along a variety of Classic Cars even with a bad weather forecast. We had four new members, Raphael and Ilke (in a gorgeous powder blue Chevrolet 3100 Pick Up Truck) and Michael and Ann-Katrin (in a stunning red Porsche 356).  We would like to warmly welcome them into the Club.

We met at the Hollister Bash Saloon restaurant, to the East of Llucmajor, for coffee and croissants on what was a cloudy day, with the ever-present threat of rain hovering overhead.  As it was, the rain held off most of the duration of the Car Run, which was a welcome relief to some members who had no covers for their cars!

The Car Run started shortly after 11am and we headed South to Sa Rapita and drove along the seafront and then headed inland for Ses Salinas.  From there we drove to Es Lombards and Santanyi on the Ma-6100 and then picked up the Ma-19 which eventually took us to Cala d’Or, and again we were straddling the coast, driving along the seafront. We then went inland on the Ma-4012 to S’Horta, to then pick up the Ma-4010, and drove along the coast again to Portocristo.  From there we headed North and inland to Manacor picking up the Ma-14.  We then drove past Manacor, on the Ma-15, and made our way to the Restaurant Terragust for a delicious three course lunch with drinks.

The route was particularly interesting and enjoyable because for many of us this was the first time, we had driven on some of these roads.  It was also 91 kilometres long, which meant we gave our cars a good run!

The restaurant was housed in a farm complex, part of the Terracor group, where the food was naturally grown and served in a modern building.  It has been described as having a ‘farm to plate’ experience.  Hence the ‘Eco’ aspect of the Car Run’s title.  The food was especially good.

We were asked several questions related to the route, and after careful deliberation and a tie break question, the winners were announced.  In first pace were Lou Sutton and Katie Handyside, in second place were Pedro and Anne Alomar and in third place was Pierre Bonjour.  Congratulations to all the winners.

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