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Is There a Connection Between Count Dracula and Classic Vehicles?

Gibraltar’s representatives at the Annual General Assembly of FIVA, the International Federation of Classic Vehicles held on the 15th November in Bucharest, can make that connection. Not only that but they were surprised to discover what is possibly the most stunning collection of classic vehicles in the world is in Bucharest at the Tiriac Collection.
 
There were some weighty matters to agree at the General Assembly. FIVA grapples with issues that affect the global community of classic vehicles lovers like for example stricter regulatory changes that threaten to take these vehicles off the public roads. As an example all classic vehicles have been banned from Greece’s roads by some ill considered legislation. Some new membership applications were discussed and voted on. Nepal and Bosnia Herzegovina  are now members. Most importantly for Gibraltar the AGM voted unanimously to hold their 2018 General Assembly in Gibraltar next November. This is an honour for Gibraltar. It became a full member just a short three years ago. The holding of the General Assembly in Gibraltar means that 300 plus country representatives with their spouses will be able to sample our warm hospitality. That’s three hundred people swarming through Gibraltar’s shops and tourist attractions for several days.
 
At the General Assembly GCVA President, Howard Danino was elected unopposed as Director for Membership and Internal Affairs for the next three years.
Gibraltar’s representatives were taken to visit and have dinner at the largest building in the world,  ex-President Ceaucescu’s palace and now the home of the upper and lower houses of the Romanian Parliament. The delegates were the guests of the President of the Romanian Senate. Interestingly Nicolae Ceaucescu never saw the completion of his pharaonic project. He was tried and summarily shot during the 1989 uprising that saw the end of his despotic and inhumane Communist regime.
 
To the surprise of most of the delegates we discovered the Tiriac Collection, the most stunning collection of classic and high performance cars anywhere in the world. Mr. Ion Tiriac is apparently Romania’s richest person and he is also an avid petrolhead. It is impossible to describe the size and quality of the collection and the photos that accompany this article do it no justice. If you ever find yourself in Bucharest a visit to the collection has to be on the mandatory list.
 
The Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association now faces the daunting task of mounting a memorable  General Assembly for 2018. This will require the support of the government and the business community. I am sure next year the delegates will leave with a good impression of Gibraltar. Gibraltar may be a small country but it has a big heart.
 
As far as Dracula is concerned Gibraltar’s delegates were taken to visit Bran Castle a forbidding fortress built by Vlad the Impaler who inspired the author of the Count Dracula novels. They’ve slept soundly since in the knowledge that he was a fictional character!
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Morocco Trip October 2017

Dear Members and Friends,

We are in the process of planning another trip into Morocco beginning of October. We are at the moment at the very beginning of the planning stage and do not have costs etc but simply an outline plan. We are putting it out just to see how many would be interested in coming.

Trip would be for 7 days probably leaving from Tarifa to Tangiers. Places to visit would be :

We will see the city of Ifran, Then the desert, from there to the City of Ouarzazat often called The Hollywood of Africa. From there to Marakesh, then to Rabat and back to Tangiers or Tetouan/Ceuta.

If you or your members are interested in participating please let me know and I will put you down in the list and keep you updated. No commitment until we have all the information.

We will be open on age of vehicles but priority will be given to Classic Vehicles with a restriction on new vehicles.

*** UPDATE *** FULL PROGRAMME DETAILS CLICK HERE ***

MOROCCO OCTOBER 2017

International Rally 2018 Dates for your diary – 19th / 20th May 2018

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Gibraltar International Classic Vehicle Rally this Saturday 20th May

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This Saturday 20th May sees the 16th International Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Rally at Casemates Square.

Once again around 100 cars will congregate as from early morning and will be on display to the public until 1300hrs when they will parade up the Mainstreet for a drive round the Rock with a pause for a tour and refreshments at the University of Gibraltar. The cars will return to Casemates after that.

Tell your friends and family – anyone wanting to enter a car – forms are on this website somewhere….

2017 Rally Application Form (for non-members)

Form for non-members can be downloaded here: GCVA Non Members Rally Application 2017

2017 Rally Member’s Application form

Form for members can be downloaded here: gcva-members-rally-application-2017

Upcoming Events…

Saturday 4th March John Macintosh Square.
Members and Guests can participate. If you are not yet a member but want to participate you will be welcome as long as your vehicle is 25 years or more. Remember, GCVA is not just for cars, all vehicles are welcome. Entry down Cloister Ramp and Irish Town to JMS.
Morocco Trip March 29th – 2nd April
If you want to participate and cannot find your entry form please contact me and I will send you all the information and entry form again. You do not want to miss out on this adventure.
Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association
16th International Classic and Vintage Vehicle Rally 2017 -Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017
Application form here:
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Seasons Greetings to all our members and Friends!

To all our members and friends….

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Membership Forms

If you are interested in becoming a new member then you need the latest Form:
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If you are an existing member who needs to renew their membership then you need this form:
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Information where to send the forms is on the forms themselves and on our ‘About‘ page.

Alternatively leave your details in a reply or comment below and communicate your intentions.
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