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Howard Danino, 73 – an Obituary

Howard and Betty Danino with their Jaguar XJS-C Sports Convertible

It is with great sadness that we learned this morning that our dear friend Howard succumbed to a short but devastating cancer.

Howard was a stalwart of the Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association. It is only now after he asked other committee members, because of his illness, to relieve him of his chairmanship and workload that we have become fully aware of the effort and hard work that went into his beloved club.

It was not just hard work. Howard legacy is a thriving classic car movement in Gibraltar. It is hard to quantify the pleasure he brought to the tens of thousands of visitors to Gibraltar who were pleasantly surprised, on arrival, to see one of the club’s classic car displays in town. It’s an icon that he created.

Howard was not satisfied with his achievements in the local classic vehicle scene. In 2013 he spearheaded the move to get the GCVA (Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association) accepted as a full member of FIVA, the international classic vehicle federation. At the 2014 General Assembly of FIVA the GCVA was accepted as a full member. Howard was not one to rest on his laurels and he was soon lobbying to join FIVA’s General Committee. He was soon elected Vice President (Membership) with characteristic modesty. However he was still not satisfied and lobbied within FIVA and the government in Gibraltar to host the annual FIVA General Assembly for the benefit of FIVA and Gibraltar. In November 2018 the General Assembly was held at the Sunborn Hotel. This event attracted hundreds of delegates and spouses to our Rock.

Above all Howard was a patriot. He worked to put tiny Gibraltar’s name on the global scene. His leadership of the classic vehicle movement was just one aspect of his patriotism. He was a member of the Gibraltar Commonwealth Games Committee, a leading light as a producer and thespian of the Gibraltar Amateur Dramatic Association, also on hte Gibraltar Multiple Sclerosis Committee. In short Howard was a quiet leader whom Gibraltar, the GCVA and FIVA will sorely miss. The massive hole he leaves for Betty, his widow, and his lovely daughters Elizabeth and Stephanie will be impossible to fill. A friend, husband, father, grandfather has left us but his leadership, stoicism, modesty and commitment to his causes leave us a shining example of humanity.

John Alcantara on behalf of the GCVA Committee

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The 18th Gibraltar International Classic and Vintage Vehicle Rally 18th May 2019

At the 2019 event we will take you deep into the Rock to walk in the steps of Churchill and Eisenhower.

En el certamen de 2019 le llevaremos dentro del Peñon para caminar en los pasos de Churchill y Eisenhower.

Signup below and  experience the uniqueness of Gibraltar. Display your classic cars at at Casemates Square whilst you enjoy Gibraltar’s bustling Main St. A fleet of minibuses will take participants up to Hay’s Level tunnels for a tour guided by local historian Tito Vallejo. After the stunning sights you return to Casemates to travel in a procession through Gibraltar’s quaint streets all the way to Europa Point for a view of the Straits.

After a short break at Europa Point the vehicles will travel down to the Hall of  Fame restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is housed inside a Victorian arsenal with massive walls. Parking will be provided close to the restaurant.

Never been to Gibraltar? Take a look at this video below to get a feeling of what to expect.

Regístrese a continuación y experimente la singularidad de Gibraltar. Exhiba sus autos clásicos en Casemates Square mientras disfruta de la bulliciosa calle principal de Gibraltar. Una flota de minibuses le llevará a los tuneles de “Hay’s Level” para un tour de la mano de Tito Vallejo un historiador local.  Después de las impresionantes vistas regresará a Casemates para viajar en procesión por las pintorescas calles de Gibraltar hasta llegar a Europa Point para ver el Estrecho.

Después de un breve descanso en Europa Point, los vehículos viajarán hasta el restaurante Hall of Fame para el almuerzo. El restaurante se encuentra dentro de un arsenal victoriano con paredes masivas. Se proporcionará aparcamiento cerca del restaurante.

Nunca ha estado en Gibraltar? Mire este video a continuación para tener una idea de qué esperar.

Typical Gibraltar/ Gibraltar Típico
Register here, you will need your car reg number and insurance details. Inscribase aquí. Tenga el número de matrícula y detalles del seguro a la mano.
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The 18th Gibraltar International Classic and Vintage Vehicle Rally DAY 2 information

Day2 Information – 19th May 2019.

On the 18th we take you deep into the Rock.  On the 19th you will enjoy a run in the sunshine of the Spanish countryside.

Following a day full of activities, classic car displays, historic tours with lots of socialising, eating and drinking the second day of the rally continues with a classic car run and lunch.

We will begin by meeting for breakfast from10 am at Hotel Casa Bernardo Macias near junction 116 close to San Roque. The plan is to leave at 11 am for a scenic drive in the Alcornocales Natural Park. We will be using minor roads which have very little traffic and in fact the entire drive will not include any main roads. There will be a coffee stop and a further stop for drinks and snacks before eventually arriving at a restaurant in the area of Los Barrios for lunch. Please be sure to tick the correct option i.e. Saturday, Sunday or Both in the online enrollement form below. The cost of participation on thre 19th is expected to be €25.00 per person and will be collected on the 19th May (on the day) but please be sure to sign on correctly to make planning easy for your committee.
We need to know how many people will be taking part as we have to book the restaurant so please can you reply if you are taking part on the Sunday. It is not mandatory that you have to drive a classic car but we would like as many classic cars as possible. It will be a very easy drive of a little over 100 km and the roads are not fast roads but the scenery is beautiful. Also there will be 10.5 km of road that we sure most of you will never have been on.
Register here for either of the days or both. You will need your car reg number and insurance details.
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Classic Yachts & Classic Cars – Saturday 7th July 2018

Saturday 7th July – A great opportunity to display your Classic Vehicle!

Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association has a special invite to see the only four remaining competitive Classic 15m JI yachts from 4 countries racing and then berthed in Sotogrande. 
 
What could be more impressive? 
 
Our Classic Vehicles displayed with the yachts, that’s what!

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Come along on Saturday 7th July to Marina Sotogrande, with your Classic. We will arrive around 1030am and will tour the port in convoy under escort after which we will display our vehicles near the yachts.

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Because of the security restrictions, we will need to book cars  and drivers in, in advance and there will be no option to just turn up on the day, unfortunately.
 
Its a great opportunity to display your vehicle in a high profile location, with a wonderful back drop of these yachts from UK, Spain, Switzerland and Monaco. 
 
Ideally, we should stay until 1600 hrs.
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Twenty 15m JI yachts were manufactured between 1907 and 1917 and only 4 continue to take part in this competition. 
 
If you want to see more pictures, click on this link:- www.sail-world.com/102573
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Coming? Then please forward the following details to roy.sandra.smith@gmail.com :-
 
Drivers name:
 
Passport or ID or NIE Number
 
Vehicle – Manufacturer, Model, Colour & Registration No/Matricula 
 
See you there!
 
Roy Smith/Patrick Francis
GCVA Committee
 
All photos Copyright Carlo Borlenghi

Rally Appliction Form for Members 2018

2018 May Rally Application form for members:

Download here:  GCVA Members Rally Application 2018

For Non-members application form can be found here: GCVA Non Members Rally Application 2018 new

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Rally Details for May 2018

17th International Gibraltar Rally for Classic and Vintage

17th Rally in Spanish.

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!

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

Rally 2018

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….