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Terms of Endearment

I am not really into cars. I never bought a motor vehicle until I was 38 years old, and that is almost 30 years ago now. I get quite emotional though when I spot one of the Oldies or Collectors’ Cars like the one I saw in Felanitx a week ago, a Citroën 11CV from 1954 (photo top), or the Bentley 4½ Litre from 1929 (photo bottom). I find Classic Cars simply endearing.

As it happens, this coming Saturday will be the get-together of stewards and participants of this year’s Rally Clásico Isla Mallorca, now in its eighth year, at the Hotel Punta Negra. The rally proper will be held next week (March 15th to 17th) in four classifications: 1) cars built between 1931 and 1957 and between 1958 and 1965; 2) cars built between 1966 and 1975; 3) cars built between 1976 and 1981; 4) cars built between 1982 and 1989. The oldest car will be 80 years old, and the youngest, 23. Inscriptions have now been closed, I think.

I am not suggesting that either the Citroën 11CV or the Bentley 4½ L will participate in that rally but, some 80 teams have paid up for their participation. The competition will be held over three days and will pass through Puig de Biniforani, Puig Major, Calvia, Capdella, Galilea, Sa Calobra, Orient, Bunyola, Pollença, Caimari, Formentor and Lluc. Should be fun. If you are anywhere near those locations and do not participate in the rally, affected roads will be closed for some time during those dates.

If you are the owner of one of the two cars shown here, or if you should happen to know either of the owners, I would like to hear from you.

The photo (top) was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 26th, 2012. The time was 13:15:05. The photo (bottom) was taken near Palma by my friend, Han B. Janssens.


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