29.09.2014.- Sunday 28th September, yet another terrific day out with the members of The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club in Spain. On a somewhat overcast day but thankfully rain free, this time we took the members to a fabulous little restaurant in El Campello. Restaurant La Cova, on the cliff top overlooking the harbour of El Campello with wonderful views over the harbour and along the beach. A perfect setting to show off 22 samples of Jaguar engineering perfection.

Restaurant La Cova is a well known and very popular restaurant, especially with expats. The food is fabulous and great value for money. On top of that, stunning views while you partake in a leisurely lunch. La Cova’s menu is typically English fare with a slight Spanish twist. We chose the standard Sunday lunch. A choice from three starters, quiche, prawn cocktail or pate, followed by soup, then a choice of a roast dinner, beef, pork or turkey or sea bream for the fish lovers. A choice of dessert’s, and coffee. Wine beer and water are included. Brilliant value for 20.00 Euros a head. I can highly recommend it.

Parking is a little tight in the small car park and The Big Cats pretty well filled the spaces available. A nice surprise was a stunning example of the new Jaguar F Type Convertible, 100,000.00 Euros worth of incredible Super Car, kindly brought along by Javier from Mundicar in Alicante. “I want one”. All of our members cars are beautiful but this meeting brought out some exceptional examples of these stunning cars. Some of the old favourites were there as usual, David Shea and his fabulous gold XJS Convertible. David Sleap our Vice President brought along his newly acquired XKR Silverstone Convertible, an exceptional example of this rare limited edition Jaguar. More examples of XJS’s, XK8’s, XKR’s XJ’s, X Types, XF’s and a new XJ, perfection on four wheels, “The Guvnors” XK8 Convertible. completed the collection this time. A total of 22 cars and 58 people, a really good turnout considering the weather could have been better. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that attended the meeting, especially all the new members, and of course a big thank you to Ian and Uschi McMenemy for organising the event.

We have a few announcements to make, first the easy one, the next meeting will be on Saturday and Sunday, 18th & 19th October when some lucky club members are taking part in a Magical Mystery Tour. This event is fully booked. On Sunday 16th November, the meeting will be at Restaurant La Torreta, near Elda, we will be hosting a presentation from Pelicer and Heredia, a team of renowned lawyers, the presentation will cover all things legal relating to vehicles in Spain. This is always a very popular restaurant with the club so reserve your place as soon as possible. And now The Big One, in March 2015, there will be a joint meeting between JEC Spain and JEC France. The “pride of big cats” will meet at Parador Siguenza, a 12th century castle in the north of Spain, a very special event that should not be missed. Currently we are expecting 132 people and 62 beautiful Jaguars. We only have a very few places left.

The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club is the largest of the worlds Jaguar Clubs, apart from joining in the fun at the meetings, members also benefit from a glossy 140 page A4 monthly magazine, Jaguar spares department and a technical advice service second to none. If you live in Spain and own a Jaguar you should be a member of The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. The JEC in Spain is organised by Eric Arnold, Club President and Ian McMenemy, Events Director. Eric can be contacted by email at jaguarspain@outlook.com or by phone on 609931647 or alternatively check out www.jec-spain.es or the JEC main web site www.jec.org.uk. Our Events director, Ian McMenemy can be contacted at  McMenemy@JEC-events.com Not forgetting  David Shea who looks after our Facebook identity and John Parkin who manages our dedicated web site www.jec-spain.es

Text and photographs by:  Eric Arnold

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