A 66-strong convoy of classic cars created a rolling spectacle on Ibiza this month, the island better known for its super clubs and sandy beaches than historic vehicles. The tour was part of the VIII Trobada Balear, which ran on 10-11 October and included cars from as far afield as Menorca, Mallorca and Barcelona. Brian Pollard reports.
More than 80km per day was covered on the island’s twisting rural roads, with regular stops at local tapas restaurants giving locals and tourists alike an opportunity to admire the cars up close as well as chatting to their owners.
The oldest vehicle to take part was a 1922 Donnet-Zedel, which sported its original registration number ‘LU757’. It’s owner is a member of the Amigos de los Coches Veteranos de Barcelona, and is well-known for using the car regularly on rallies and events.
In addition to the French oddity, Citroën, Fiat, Ford, Mercury, Seat, Peugeot and Packard were well represented, joined by a lone Goggomobil.
A number of Jaguar XK120s and an XK140 proved a hit with spectators, as did a MkX – a contender for the widest car on the rally.
Other British marques also turned out, with a strong showing from the likes of Morgan and Triumph, while the German offering was headed by a number of Mercedes-Benz’.
A Volvo P1800 still wore its stickers from its recent entry on the modern Carrera Panamericana, while an Amilcar delighted onlookers in the town of Sta Eulalia, the town hall authorities granting permission for the classics to line up along its striking sea wall.
Anticipation is already building for next year’s event, which will see entrants visit Mallorca.