This Page is dedicated to write ups and photos of social events and activities which members have attended.
The Beetle Drive (with a difference) in mid November took place at the Paphos International Sailing Club and was based on drawing a VW Beetle rather than the insect. To complete the evening we were entertained by our very own DJ Tony Singleton with the music of the Beatles.
Treasure Hunt 0n 22nd October 2021
Organisers Chris, Debra, Peter and Annabel had the perfect weather for their treasure hunt which commenced from the Atlandida Fish Tavern, Geroskipou where it also finished with a buffet lunch and the results.The photos below highlight the day and were taken by one of its participants, Lillian Hayball.
Celestial Cruise 9th October 2021 on the Adonis
On this bright and star studded evening, Steve Wilkinson our chairman chartered the Christ Adonis for a cruise slightly different from any other event ever planned for the club. 47 club members boarded the vessel and were welcomed by Steve and Sue with bubbles or juice and savoury snacks . We set sail at 6 pm and within less then an hour dropped anchor and a splendid buffet was on offer. The crew were magnificent and the whole evening proved to be a great success. Many thanks to Steve and Marilyn for organising this memorable event.
Paul's account of the runout he organised
The Bury and District MG Owners Club unfortunately had to cancel their world famous annual Bury Black Pudding Run due to Covid restrictions in their part of Lancashire. However they passed the baton to Paul and Joan Gannon, formerly of Southbank Road, Bury , who are members of the Paphos Classic Vehicle Club. They stepped up and organised a classic car rally on the 18th July attended by 20 members of the Paphos Club. Instead of a tour of the North Lancashire countryside a parade of classic cars left Kato Paphos on Sunday morning following a 1955 MG ZA Magnette sports saloon, and headed for the hills. Starting at Tea for Two on the Paphos coast at 8 45, in temperatures of 32degrees, the intrepid party drove upwards to the village of Konia, bypassing Marathouda but still climbing. Under the watchful eyes of the security guards they proceeded slowly through the Minthis Hills Golf resort, risking life, limb and their car`s suspension on the numerous “sleeping policemen”. All cars made it safely through so it was on to Polemi , Psathi and Ayios Dimitrianos and then a detour , up another hill, to visit the Moufflon statues at Kritou Marouttou. With external temperatures rising to 36 degrees and having climbed to over 550 metres the radiators of some of the cars were getting a little over heated. However they all made it through the villages of Fyti, Lasa and Drymou and then enjoyed the downhill stretch below Simou with views over the Evretou reservoir and Chrysochou Bay. Engine temperatures had now returned to normal so the cars turned towards Polis along the valley floor before turning left to start their final, but long, climb up to the heritage village of Kitou Tera. This road is a little narrow and contains numerous hairpin bends, but fortunately they only encountered one car coming the opposite way. Having proceeded very slowly through the village there was only one more turn on to the main road and a short downhill run to the Gravity Road Diner, outside Drouseia. Here drivers and navigators enjoyed a very welcome cold soft drink and an English breakfast with a special side order of genuine Bury Black Pudding. All cars and Club members arrived safe and sound, if not a bit hot. Total distance travelled 56.8 kilometres (35.5miles). Total climbs over 1000 metres (approx.3200 feet). Total journey time 1hour and 45 minutes. Temperature in the MG had now risen to over 40 degrees ( no AC). The Classic cars included the MG ZA, 2 Mercedes (W126) 280SEs, a Triumph Spitfire, a Mercedes (W123) 230E, and a Lotus Esprit.
Breakfast in the East Sunday 13th June
Visit to Cyprus Historic and Classic vehicle Museum, Limassol.4th July 2021
This Sunday, our members were invited to have breakfast in the eastern district of Limassol, where we met with a section of our members who, because of distance, we see less frequently. A convoy of classic cars left Paphos at 8am, to arrive at a seafront taverna, Lanta Restaurant, just east of Zygi. It proved to be an excellent opportunity to meet with our eastern members, and we look forward to more "exchange visits". Thank you Brian Spademan for organizing. photos; Steve Wilkinson, Sue Griffiths, Lillian Hayball
Run out to Gravity Road Diner, Drousseia on St George's Day.
The first Classic Vehicle Run this year was a variation of the last run of 2020. Again, all participants were split into 3 groups starting from 3 separate locations( due covid restrictions). Thank you Paul Gannon, our organising committee member, for the planning of this memorable day, on St. George's Day. Below is a slideshow of the arrival of our classics at the Diner Photo credits; Johnny Demertzis of JD Productions and Steven Haughan, the taverna owner, for their kind permission to allow the publication of these on our website.
Club Social Meeting 17th April 2021, Periklis Taverna
At the meeting Steve introduced the new committee and then give you an overview of future events, after which Don explained some of the benefits that PCVC members are entitled to. Steve then gave an overview of the club's interaction with the National Federation.
Committee: Don (turbos are easy) Sainsbury (Vice Chairman), Lee Chellingworth our new (Treasurer), Paul (many classic cars) Gannon, Andrew Carrington Porter our new (membership Secretary), Mike the Mike (the oracle) Holt-Chasteauneuf, you all know me Steve Wilkinson (Chairman), Patricia Sainsbury (co-opted) web mistress.
Pip and Kate, Val and Alan, Patrick and Geraldene, George and Annie. These people have organised great events throughout the last difficult year. Marilyn was presented with a beautiful hanging basket of fuchsias by Leona, on behalf of Lee and Andrew, who have taken on the roles of treasurer and members committee members, a job which Marilyn performed single-handed in an exemplary manner for the last 6 years. Also, Periklis Taverna was thanked for having looked after us. The Chairman’s Shield which was generously donated by a past Chairman Colin Upton was presented very deservedly to Ian Frith for the publicity he has arranged for the club. A big hand please for these hard working club members. The next event is next Friday which Paul and Joan have arranged to the Gravity Road Diner. We will let you know when we have arranged some other run outs and of course we will have our classic breakfast on 1st May and our next social on 15th May. We very much welcome any members who want to step forward and organise an event.
The Harbour Show was pencilled in for May 9th however after consultation with the Municipality this is again deferred. Due to the International European Sports Festival, September is a nonstarter for us, so I have asked for a date in early October. As soon as we have a date, we will let you know. We want participation from as many members as possible not just vehicles, we also need Marshalls, Parking people, Welcome people and many others and we will let you know when we know more.
As far as the National Federation is concerned, we are increasing our voting rights commensurate with our ever-growing membership so we can have more of a voice at National and International level. This is especially important as the world of classic vehicles is changing at an ever-faster pace. There then followed a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and the funeral which was taking place during the meeting, and was acknowledged by a minutes silence. As the meeting wrapped up, a birthday cake was presented to Lee whose birthday it was, kindly made by one of our members who could not be there Delroy Budraham, Thank you to everyone for attending; it was well organized, relaxed and enjoyable. Below are some snap shots of the afternoon.
Classic Breakfast at Tea 4 Two, Geroskipou
Classic Breakfast, a popular event for our members, returned with a bang on Saturday morning the 3rd April, at our usual place 'Tea 4 Two" which coincided with the venue's 30th Anniversary Celebrations to mark the Tea House's existance. The Club, having had to cancel its actual AGM this year was unable to meet, therefore there was an air of rejoicement at being able to see old friends again and welcome new members. Below are some photos taken by our chairman which captures the essence of the morning and a special thanks to our hosts for making it so.
Old Motors Club Malta - Sunday Morning Run 10th January 2021
Dear friends of the Paphos Classic vehicles Club From Nada & Terry. Happy, healthy New Year to each of you and your loved ones. May we finally experience more freedom soon. Just to entertain you for a few seconds during this boring interim in our lives: Our last ride out last Sunday the 10th of January with the Malta Old Motors Club. We met opposite the American Embassy, and from there, drove to a tiny village where, alongside a country church, St. Mathew's, were some very uneven, scary steps that led down to the view of a very large sinkhole. The place was called Maqlouba which means "upside down" in Arabic and Maltese. Maltese is 85% of a very soft Arabic as they have dropped the guttural sounds. I speak Arabic so asked why this place was so called and that's how I found out about the sinkhole. Alas, Terry and I have decided this will be our last run-out with the club for the moment as the Covid is spreading here too and the new strain is particularly contagious. There are no restrictions here except for wearing a mask which unfortunately many don't bother with and, since there's no vaccination program on the horizon for us yet, just for medical staff and old people in homes I believe, we decided to be ever more prudent. You're way ahead on that front in Cyprus, we know. We have tried time and again to find direct flights to Cyprus but there are none till the 28th of March on which we are booked. Let us hope that flight is not cancelled. Ours is the white Triumph Stag with the black mohair convertible canvas top. It also came with a hard top. Subject: Old Motors Club Malta Sunday Morning Run 10th January 2021 .
Anne & Georges Camel route Run Out to Avdimou Bay 14th October
At 11.30, more than 20 classic cars departed from Pissouri on a one and a half hour run out and eventually arriving at Melanda Beach Taverna, where everyone was able to order their chosen dishes off the menu. The route took in several ex-Turkish villages such as Pachna, Anoyiara, Agias Thomas, with a pop up refreshment stop at a viewpoint in Plastinikas and then onwards via some beautiful shaded coniferous tunnels past Alektora. It was a splendid day, with just one minor hiccup as one of the member's cars had a flat tyre half way round the route, before eventually meeting the rest of the group at the beachside Taverna. Thank you once again to Anne and George, who used their extensive knowledge of the area to provide us all with another great day out. Photo credits Ans & Alex, David Fleming
Patrick and Geraldene's run out to Salamiou 22nd September
The Mystery Run Out
Tuesday 25th August
A “Hot August night “ was enjoyed by over 40 Club members who gathered with their classics at a departure point by Paphos Airport where so many holiday adventures also begin. What a great location! Tony Singleton addressed the group, pointing out that until that moment, the Mystery runout would now be revealed,; we were to follow the coastline towards Paphos, drive by the Harbour and then head inland and uphill towards Tsada and then to our final destination, Kallepeia. This went smoothly for most, with Tony and Janet leading and ensuring we all remained as closely in convoy as was practical as we meandered uptown . Once in Kallepeia, we were welcomed by the host of the Taverna and shown the car park beside the beautiful monastery and opposite the splendidly located Taverna. The tables on both sides of the taverna were , quickly occupied and the Meze started without delay! It was great to welcome Lillian as a new member who came all the way from Limassol with her 3 friends, and see so many of our club's established members . Thank you once again Tony and Janet Singleton who as we now have come to learn have a knack of finding great venues.
SHORT CUT TO STENI
Saturday 25th July
A great turn out at Konia Tavern for the start of our “Short cut to Steni ‘evening run. The weather was a little cooler and less humid than it has been and we located some shade under a large tree for a catch up before setting off. Our route took us up over Minthis Hills and across to Polemi via the road to Letymbou where Janet, Tony and Tasha joined the convoy. We then headed up through Kannaviou where we managed to find a welcome cool breeze to help us on our way. Turning left we went through the villages of Kritou Marottou, Fyti and Lasa before joining the E712 on route to Skarfos bridge. Skirting the Evretou dam we passed through Filousa and Peristerona on the final leg of our journey to Steni. The cars and their passengers were all well behaved and we arrived at Steni Watermill still in convoy. Once seated under the shade of the huge mulberry tree we were able to relax and enjoy the lovely setting, food and excellent hosting skills of the Watermill team. You could say that the stars must have been aligned to make this run out such a success, but that could start off another debate so I will just say hope everyone had a really great time.
Club Re-boot Buffet, Periklis
On Saturday afternoon 18th July, all club members were invited to come together at the clubs first Social Meeting since lockdown. The venue was Periklis Tavern, Nata, where a dedicated cool and spacious table and seating area had been prepared, affording magnificent views towards the Xeros Valley through its large open windows to one side. On the other side was a drive-through patio area, enabling the owners of the equally magnificent classic cars to drive by on arrival and departure and display them, reminiscent to that that of a red carpet treatment! The event was a resounding success in terms of many new or recent members meeting with older members, and when everyone had settled with their refreshments brought to the table by our own dedicated waiter, the meeting commenced with the traditional raffle. Following this, the Chairman's address included latest club news, upcoming events and a brief synopsis of the committee members. Our two guest speakers, ex-metropolitan traffic officer Steve and his colleague David took to the floor to make a presentation on Advanced Driving. The subject matter which in itself covers a vast array of sub divisions was kept to an easily digestible overview, and conveyed the very serious message about safety on our roads as a driver, and some helpful advice and tips to take away. The vice -chairman then delivered his thanks on behalf of PCVC. There then followed a short recess , the ever popular quiz, and finishing with a complimentary Cypriot buffet. We thank Periklis, his wife Anthea and staff for their charming hospitality thus completing a happy club gathering.
Lockdown Lucky Dip Run-Out 8th June Kataklysmos
Slideshow below showing route which the second group took inland and up in the mountains with a coffee break at Dora and a picnic by its very high up church called Photolambous.
Photo credits Natasha and Del Budraham and Trish Sainsbury
Steve & Marylin's group heading towards Aphrodites Baths and Argaka
photo credits Sue Griffiths
The car club joined in the fun of Green Monday in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains. We assembled at Val and Alan’s lovely house in Nata for refreshments before setting out for to fly our kites. The weather was perfect and the kites willing although some of the local wildlife seemed a little surprised to see us. The local Flora gave an impressive display and the picnic was sumptuous (thanks Steve for the extras especially the cheesy biscuits) Our kites filled the skies but three eagles came to visit to check them out and prove that they could do a better job of flying than we could. With five to six foot wing spans they were impressive to say the least. After studying the kites, the picnic and us at close quarters they soared of to find something more interesting to look at. Some people’s kites were ‘Gone with the Wind’ while some had directional issues and tangled with others, but most of the kites did what it said on the packet and flew. Richard, who hates kite flying, this year made a sterling effort with the ‘Flying Tiger’ which stayed up all day. The De Roos family (including Jake the dog) headed the search and rescue team reuniting lost kites with their owners. Bad luck Lee, think yours is probably in the Troodos by now! It was an amazing spot for kite flying. We will definitely be back!
Editorial and photo credits :Sue Griffiths
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Club Run out to Argaka and Roast
An impressive collection of classic cars were on show at Carpe Diem on Sunday 1st March for our run out to Argaka. We all enjoyed a leisurely coffee before setting off on our journey on this lovely sunny day. The route took us through lush green countryside towards Letymbou and onwards through the villages on the E702. Once past Choulou the road narrowed and became twisty as we climbed up towards Panagia. Passing through abandoned Turkish villages and water splashes the views started to give us spectacular glimpses of Kannaviou reservoir and the mountains beyond. We passed through a sleepy and chilly Panagia before heading down to Kannaviou Dam where we stopped to stretch our legs, take photos and enjoy the views. We continued our drive through the village of Kannaviou before taking the turning to Lasa. The road down towards the B6 once again gave us wonderful views of another dam, this time Evretou. Set amongst the green vistas this now mighty reservoir was a sight to behold. The final leg of the journey took us though blossom filled lanes as we headed down from Lysos, through Pelathousa towards the coast. Views out towards Latchi, the harbor and the coastline beyond were stunning. We ended our journey at the Turtle Tavern in Argaka where a great roast dinner was served. Sometimes a lot of things come together to make something special. On Sunday the cars, members, sunshine, greenery, blossoms and expanses of water all came together to make for a wonderful day out. We hope that you all enjoyed it as much as we did.
Editorial Sue Griffiths Organized by Sue and Richard Photo credits Ian Frith and Trish Sainsbury posted 4/03/2020
Trial venue for future Social Meetings at Periklis, Nata
On Saturday 15th February, a good number of members attended the clubs Social Meeting. The Meeting went well, with the usual format of committee news, trophies awarded to members unable to attend the last meeting, a raffle and a Quiz. More than half the members stayed after for Periklis' Cypriot fayre.
RODNEY and TRINNE COAD
Last Saturday November 16th, Chairman of PCVC Steve Wilkinson, presented Rodney (pictured below) a plaque in recognition of Rodney's service to the club and also granted honorary life membership. They are returning permanently to the UK, and we wish them all the best.
CELEBRATING 15 Years of PCVC
Our club committee organised an evening of food, drink, live music and the cutting of the cake by our clubs President, Yiorgos Koutsides, in honour of the founding members of the PCVC 15 years ago. The venue was at Neo's Sports Bar on the 11th October 2019. A huge thank you to all who made the evening a great success!
Tony Singleton,s CAR Gymkhana Event
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Patrick and Geraldine's runout along the Xeros Valley and to Periklis 18th September 2019
Impromptu Social Gatherings August Summer Break
A fun part of our club is anyone can organise a get- together at any time, as depicted in the slideshow below. We invite your contributions
Janet and Tony's runout from Timi, to Kalepeia via Agios Fotios
DEAR ALL A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME ON THE RUN. WE THOUGHT WE WOULD ONLY GET A FEW PEOPLE TO COME OUT ON OUR FIRST RUN BUT GOT 37 TO A NEW VENUE AND I THINK BY ALL THE LOVELY COMMENTS YOU GAVE JANET AND I YOU ALL WILL BE GOING BACK. KIKA AND MALLI AT THE RESTAURANT HAVE SAID HOW NICE YOU ALL ARE AND LOVED ALL THE CLASSIC CARS AND WOULD LOVE TO DO SOMETHING FOR US IN THE FUTURE. GOOD COMPANY / GOOD FOOD / GOOD HOSTS. THANK YOU TONY & JANET.
Christine Babington's Celebration of Life run
On Friday 3rd May, a memorial runout was organised for the late Christine Babington. Members met at Aphrodite's Rock in the morning, then stopped at Kyra Elousia Taverna in Nata for coffee Below are , before finally stopping at Steni Watermill for a Mezze. All 3 places were amongst Chris's favourite places, and everyone wore something red or added something red to their vehicles, and a red rose bush was planted at the Watermill. is a slideshow of 5 photos each lasting 5 seconds of the event.
Alan and Val's Spring Morning run out starting at Kissonerga and finishing at Letymbou Tavern for a splendid lunch Friday 12th April. Slide show of some of the participating classic cars below
The Club's own Green Monday's Kite Flying activity, normally hosted by Colin and Linda in recent years, took place this year at Don and Tricia's hilltop home in an impromptu fashion. Such are often the dynamics of the club. The wind Gods favoured us, ensuring a colourful array of kites against a deep blue Mediterranean sky. Everyone contributed to a a wonderful spread of "home" fayre,
Anne and Ian’s run out. Thursday 7th March A great turnout of 20 cars met at the fish restaurant at St Georges for a run out to the Stone Lion at Goudi for lunch. The classic cars on the car park drew admiring glances and photo opportunities for the passing tourists. The views over the harbour and out to sea were a perfect backdrop for our elevenses. We all enjoyed a leisurely chat and hot drink despite the chilly northwest wind which made some of us wish we were wearing our thermals. At 11.30 the convoy of cars headed out towards Peyia and up through Kathikas. The well travelled and familiar route gave us the chance to admire the extremely green countryside and flowering almond trees as we headed for the B6. On arrival at the Stone Lion we were made very welcome by Dory, Claire and Walter the parrot. Lunch was extremely good and for those of you who didn’t have the chocolate brownie for dessert, you missed a treat! We will certainly be visiting the Stone Lion again which has lovely views and a big outside seating area for when the weather finally does decide to warm up. Thank you to Anne and Ian for organizing this event. A great day out, doing what we all love to do; driving our cars, catching up with friends and having a lovely lunch. Perfect!