We've got plenty of things going on in February for you.  Starting with our Clubnight on Tuesday the 5th at El Chaparral.  The usual good food, wine and great company. And, still only 20€ inclusive.

Following that, on Saturday 9th, we have a superb classic car run & lunch organised for us by Tarik Wildman & Lorraine Powell.  The route will start from Venta Peligrino, just above the La Cañada shopping centre, near Marbella.  Breakfast early, cars to depart at 11.00AM with registration closing at 10.45.  This is a stunning route and will finish at the restaurante El Coto near San Pedro. Please let us know if you are coming, I will send out RoadBooks etc and directions to the start later in the week.  We will also need your choice of main course which will be steak or fish.  More information soon.

Next week, on Tuesday February 12th, we are doing something different.  We are arranging a small wine tasting and tapas evening at 'The Loft' in Calahonda.  This elegant wine bar lends itself well to the occasion and is owned by CCCA members Marisa and Robert Wrigley.  The evning will be presented by wine expert Charlotte Rodriguez whose enthusiasm and knowledge are well known in wine circles.  Tickets will be 18€ which includes tastings of 5 wines and some splendid tapas prepared by Marisa herself.  Contact them direct if you are coming.  Places are filling up quickly and only a limited number can be managed.  So contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Tuesday after that, February 19th, we are having the first of our regular 'Film Nights' at Hotel Tamisa Golf in Mijas Costa.  For only 10€ you will get a decent feature film, some modern, some classic, as well as a light supper included and half price drinks early in the evening.  This should be a real fun evening and a great chance to socialise over a 'noggin and natter' before and after the films.

I am also delighted to tell you that, following our first recce last week, the 5-day Tour Clasicos La Mancha event set for March 20th has a full entry.  This has the makings of a great event and we have a superb entry list, full of fun people, which will contribute to making it a great party!

I hope to see you at these events, supporting your Club.

Kind regards,



Please see below a report from Marc Chaplin of their stunning performance at the 24 Hours race at Circuito Guadix over the weekend.

Our team "Marbella Racing Drivers Club" consisted of me, Peter Bowerman, Stephen Pattrick, Carlo Mason and Hans-Peter Dalen... so three fifths are CCCA members :)
We started at noon on saturday and kept a steady sensible pace with a throttle stop fixed in place to make sure nobody got carried away in the first few hours!! The car behaved well and we ran for the first 8 hours in 10th (mid tableish) with no dramas but as night fell our headlights failed!! (the car has been prepped for day time sprint races!!) we got black flagged and lost a few minutes fixing them again but only had dipped beam for the rest of the race.... not much fun in the pitch black!!
Our times slipped back a bit but we still came through the night stints in 9th overall which was down to great driving from Peter, Carlo and Hans-Peter (who had never been to that circuit before!) who both kept us on the black stuff and in sight of the leaders! We had one major drama during the night when Steve reported on the radio that he had lost power and was coming into the pits... the engine died at the start of the pit lane as a fuel line had come off... luckily a push and  2 minute fix and he was off again!
Daylight dawned and the grid of 20 original starters had come down to 16 cars including us...quite amazing, I thought more would have died by then! It was then my 3rd stint and I then ran for just over 2 hours and pushed VERY hard and got us up to 6th overall and then handed over to Steve again (it is his car and he wanted to cross the line:)) and he charged even harder as we removed the throttle stop to give him everything the little golf had got! He drove really well got the fastest lap time of 1.41.276 and we finished 5th overall and 4th in class.
Our Golf Gti Mk2 is race prepped but has no engine mods at all (as they are not permitted in the normal championship) so at best we only had 112 BHP and the 4 cars that beat us all had 150 plus! Fortunately we had a better chassis and it really showed in the last 4 hours!
By the time the flag dropped at noon on sunday we were all knackered but especially our mechanic Martin McCann (ex F2 race mechanic) who had no sleep what so ever the whole time and did a sterling job in prepping and maintaining the car throughout!
We did a total of 632 laps which equated to just under 1,800 kms. We only used 340 euros worth of fuel and 2 sets of tyres so a pretty cheap event considering!!
Looking back we realised that we made some mistakes in setting too slow a pace for the first 5 or 6 hours  (didn't want to blow the engine!) and stopped to often for fuel (there was a compulsory 10 minute stop if you fueled up) which means that next time we will be much better prepared and we will win it!! We could have done with Dave Price to work out our strategy but he was ringing and twittering from the states throughout the race and took more interest in us than he did in the 24 hour Daytona race:))
Cant wait for the next one... best bit of racing I have ever had....and the car didn't blow up!!!

PS. these are a few rubbish iphone pics i took but i will get Pete to email me some better ones once he has downloaded them

Kind Regards

Marc Chaplin

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