To CCCA Members:

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death, on Friday, of CCCA member Peter Newbury.

I don't have the full details yet but I know he was driving at the time. A Heart attack is suspected and no other vehicles were involved.  He was a fun person and a gentleman. He enjoyed so much his classic cars and had in his collection, to my knowledge, a Jaguar E-Type, Jaguar 3.8 Mk.2, a genuine AC Cobra as well as a stunning Ferrari 575.

He was due to participate in the Marbella GP in his Jaguar XK150 and was out on the May CCCA classic car run only last week.

A true enthusiast who will be sadly missed.


Event Report

Rfeda – National Spanish Hillclimb Championship – Round 3

Rampa Falperra 2014 – 10/11th May – Braga, Portugal


A logistical nightmare this last weekend organising getting the car across spain and up through Portugal to the top end from Malaga, a good 10 hour drive. Neil my Chief and British half of the support crew flew into Malaga on Thursday the 8th to prepare the car at the other half and Spanish arm of the support crews facilities, Dani Ortiz thankfully a guy who is not only a very experienced and capable motorsport mechanic but is also multi lingual, English, Portugese and Italian are all part of his repertoire!

Rampa (Rise to) Falperra is a very famous round of the International Hillclimb calendar as well as the national portugese round, Spanish national championship and European championship round, hence 152 vehicles of various formulas, GT’s, Touring cars, WRC’s, one make challenge vehicles, Historics, Classics, you name it it has it. (Check out the images on google for the event) for those with motorsport in their blood this is the event to go and see, in the words of one of the major competition tyre suppliers in the UK, it will blow your mind. In the region of 200,000 spectators were expected over the weekend period.


A vast Variety of cars from Formulas to historics

As is the norm with these events the local authorities contribute greatly towards the organisation, planning, security of the vehicles and promotion. Braga’s team of organisers had undoubtedly put in a serious amount of effort which certainly paid off, scrutineering and the following vehicle display was in the centre of the city bringing what is a very busy place (The size of say Leeds) to a virtual standstill. The cars were displayed around a ornate central plaza and fountains etc, and hey as is usual as it seems the Ginetta was positioned centre stage!

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Event Report

Rfeda – National Spanish Hillclimb Championship – Round 2

Subida Ubrique 2014 – 26/27th April – Andalusia

Arrival to Spain on Thursday 24th early morning to collect the hire car and race car and van etc to drive via Ronda to Ubrique some 100 miles or so from Malaga. The Subida Ubrique is a big event in the calendar as it is the first round of the international Hillclimb championship, the first round of the FIA hillclimb cup, the first round of the European hillclimb championship, and the second round of the Spanish national Championship.

 As you can well imagine there was some serious competition, I was very hopeful and expectant of a good result as this was to be the 5th time I was to enter the event and as such knew the climb well. What I didn’t expect was how poorly the road surface had become over the winter period, there was more repairs in the tarmac where it had cracked and was falling away at the sides than a patchwork quilt. The bumps and undulations in the road turned out to be a nightmare for the Ginetta.

Parc Ferme – Plaza Del Toro Ubrique


On the grounds that ‘ignorance of the law is no excuse’, all drivers in Spain are advised immediately to familiarise themselves with the detail of the new traffic laws which are coming into effect on 9 May 2014 (Ley 6/2014 modificando la Ley sobre Tráfico, Circulación de Vehículos a Motor y Seguridad Vial 339/1990); a mere 21 pages!

Among the new provisions are the following:

  1. Speeding fines apply for exceeding the limit by just 1kph! On some motorways, the speed limit is being increased from 120kph to 130kph, but in many towns, the speed limit is being reduced from 30kph to 20kph.
  2. If the Guardia Civil observe a motoring offence and note the vehicle registration number, this provides sufficient evidence to prosecute- no need for them to stop vehicles.
  3. A minimum fine of 1,000 Euros will be payable by drivers caught driving whilst double the drink drive limit or above; or in all cases for reoffending drink drivers; and drivers under the influence of drugs.
  4. The Guardia Civil can seize any vehicle carrying children without legally compliant child seats.
  5. The very specific rules as to where children must sit in the vehicle (according to age/ height) must be observed, otherwise drivers face heavy fines.
  6. Cyclists under 16 years of age must wear helmets.
  7. Drivers have much higher duties to ensure the safety of cyclists of all ages.
  8. Speed camera/ radar detectors are prohibited.
  9. An EU Directive is to be implemented so that driving offences committed in one EU country are reported to the EU country of registration of the vehicle in question.
  10. Much stricter rules are being implemented for the Spanish registration of foreign registered vehicles kept in Spain.

The above is by no means exhaustive. As can be seen, the new rules are far reaching. Knowledge of the details and observation of the requirements in practice is of fundamental importance.

It is clear from the increased powers to prosecute and fine drivers, that the Spanish Authorities ‘mean business’ with these important legal changes.
Please SHARE this with your friends and contacts who drive in Spain, to help them to be lawful (and to avoid fines!).

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