Written by Eric Arnold
Fabulous blue sky and brilliant sunshine greeted the members of The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club in Spain for their latest event on the 18th October 2014. A Country Lunch at a little known, but excellent restaurant called La Torreta located half way between Sax and Elda about 30 Km. inland from Alicante. Most of the cars congregated at the Repsol Gas Station in Sax before going on to the restaurant just a couple of kilometres away. May I take this opportunity to thank all the members that attended especially the new members and to thank Ian McMenemy our Events Director for putting together such a brilliant day.
We finished up with 22 beautiful Jaguars, all polished to within a inch of their life, every single one of them looked fabulous and it would be impossible to pick one’s out as exceptional. This superb selection of Jaguars almost filled the car park of the little country eating house. As for Members and Friends, we had a great turnout with 54 people. This very nearly filled the restaurant. I have to compliment Simona and her girls from La Torreta for providing not only fabulous food but brilliant service to 54 hungry and rather noisy automotive enthusiasts.
Restaurant La Torreta went to exceptional efforts to make this event a success. The food was fabulous and for a price that was phenomenal value for money. We started with a plate of sliced fried cheese on a bed of thinly sliced tomato drizzled in olive oil, and a basket of fabulous fresh baguette slices, followed by deep fried Boquerón’s (small fishes), then Sepia a la plancha, the tenderest griddled squid you have ever tasted. A choice of main course was offered, slow cooked shoulder of lamb, entrecote steak, sea bass with cava sauce, grilled hake, or for a small supplement either a fillet (solomillo) steak (the best you will get anywhere) or a Chuleton Steak (T Bone) a huge piece of prime beef. A selection of deserts were then offered as well as good strong coffee. Wines consisted of El Cotto 2008 for the red or for a small supplement, the gold award winning Tarima Hill, Olite for the rose and a very pleasing little Riesling for the white or for those who wanted it endless beer.. All this for 24 Euros which offered our members exceptional value for money. This is the third time that JEC Spain has visited La Torreta, I am sure it will not be the last. Some members have already said we must repeat this event again in the not too distant future.
Brian & Molly Patterson organised another raffle to raise a few “shillings” for the club, their efforts and commitment to the club has been exceptional. In recognition, Ian presented them with a small trophy to show our appreciation. Simona from La Torreta was also given a trophy recognising the visit of the JEC Spain to her terrific little restaurant.
A last chat and a final coffee or last slurp of wine and then people started to depart just after 5:00pm however some of us were still there at 6:00pm – what a great day. Our next meeting is provisionally planned for Sunday the 17th January, venue yet to be decided, so keep an eye on the web site.
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 and Ian McMenemy. Eric can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone on 609931647 or alternatively check out www.jec-spain.com or the JEC main web site www.jec.org.uk. Our Events Manager, Ian McMenemy can be contacted at McMenemy@JEC-events.com. Not forget David Shea who looks after our Facebook identity.