After just being able to hold the 2020 AGM on location, and having to postpone the physical 2021 AGM with it eventually becoming an online AGM, it’s finally time again for a proper one this year!

Where and when?

On Sunday 27 March 12.30 pm the AGM will be held on location again. The exact address will be sent to you by email.  Entry is from 12 noon.

At this general members’ meeting we look back at the events of the past year and provide insight into the ins and outs of our club. In addition, there will be a glimpse of the national and international events of 2022.

Of course, the board also gives a look at the financial situation of the club and an explanation of the expenses and income. In addition, the budget for 2022 will be presented. Of course, the members present have a vote in determining the budget and the contribution for 2023.


As a member and as a partner member of the GCCC-Benelux you are of course welcome and you can vote. However, this general members’ meeting is not open to guests.

Voting by proxy

If you want to vote, but are unfortunately unable to attend the AGM, you can give a proxy. You can submit your proxy by e-mail, which clearly states to which (partner) member you are giving your proxy to vote for you. Proxies can also be handed over to the secretary or the chairman prior to this meeting. This power of attorney must then be signed.


Dogs are welcome, provided they are on a leash and do not cause a nuisance.

The very first GCCCCC (GCCC Cars and Coffee)!!!

This first GCCC activity of the year will take place on Saturday 12 March between 13.00 and 15.00.

As an experiment, Wilfried and Thom are organizing their first GCCC Cars & Coffee. The idea behind this is to be able to meet each other completely Corona proof at a meeting that is simple in design and only takes up part of a day. It is mainly focused on the social aspect with a lot of room for personal initiative. After our hibernation we can meet again. We can have a nice chat and go a little deeper into the ins and outs of our vehicles, without making an extra 100 kms. So it’s about having fun and admiring each other’s cars.

You can decide for yourself what the route to and from the C&C location will be, how long you!ll stay and with whom you’ll want to drive there. You can also take friends who are not members. For this first time, we have chosen an easily accessible location in the middle of the country. For enthusiasts, there is also plenty to discover in the area before or after. We also opted for Saturday for the first time because it is a lot quieter and there are fewer cyclists than on Sundays.


  1. Reserve the time and date in your calendar.
  2. Registration is not necessary. If you have not received an announcement email and would like more information, please send an email.
  3. Pack your picnic basket and don’t forget a thermos with coffee.
  4. Do the daily inspection and hit the road.


Dogs are welcome, provided they are trained and on a leash.


GCCC can never be held responsible for any damage whatsoever as a result of participating in this event. Participation is  at your own risk and expense. During this event photos and videos will be made.  If you don’t want to be in these, it is your own responsibility to ask the photographers/film makers to refrain from making images of you. In general these photos/films will be published on personal Facebook or Instagram

Christmas Crib Ride


We, Daniel and Mark, try to honour and continue the wonderful tradition of the biennial Christmas Crib Ride, created by Con and Koos, on Sunday 19th December. Most Christmas cribs, visualising the nativity scene usually with lifesize figures and often live animals, can be found in the Southern part of The Netherlands and Flanders and that will probably remain so, so everyone will again descend to the Southern parts.

Due to the corona restriction measures, we have not planned a dinner this time, but a lunch. Arrival and registration are therefore followed by a joint lunch.

Lunch consists of:

Mushroom soup or vegetable soup (vegetarian), a chicken sandwich and a salmon sandwich. Of course you can also opt for two chicken sandwiches or two salmon sandwiches. If you want a vegetarian sandwich, you can of course also indicate this with dietary wishes.

There will be a contest, but it will not be about the nativity scenes. These forms will be handed in during lunch or reception and the prizes awarded to the winners when they report to the ‘oliebollen’ (deep fried doughnut balls) moment.

The ride will lead us through Moergestel. Moergestel is traditionally known for the shoe industry, the well-known brand Van Bommel is still present here today.

From Moergestel we continue south to Diessen. We continue on the road to Hilvarenbeek, known for the Beekse Bergen, but we are not going there this time. At De Vrijthof (not to be confused with Het Vrijthof in Maastricht), there is plenty of catering, so plenty of opportunity for refreshments and a  sanitary stop.

Verder lezen Christmas Crib Ride

Night Fever Ride

There are some fairly obvious explanations for “night fever” – the tendency for fever symptoms to be magnified during the evening hours. First, it’s normal for body temperature to creep up at night, adding proverbial fuel to the fire.

Or ‘night fever’ in good Dutch… two words, with which the Bee Gees managed to score a big hit. You can undoubtedly sing along easily:

Listen to the ground

There is movement all around

There’s something goin’ down

And I can feel it Verder lezen Night Fever Ride

Coming Out Day Ride


Come out of your crib, room or closet on Sunday October 10th for a super relaxed, festive ride in honour of Coming Out Day!

Coming Out Day, 75 years COC Netherlands and 50 years COC Nijmegen Region

Coming Out Day has existed since October 11th, 1988 and is an annual day that pays attention to the moment when a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender openly reveals their sexual orientation or gender identity. Following a massive protest march by Washington against a homophobic ruling by the US Federal Supreme Court, October 11th became the annual global day on which we are extra visible.

Because the Nijmegen COC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the national COC even its 75th, the Coming Out Day Weeks will be organized in the Nijmegen region from September 30 to October 17, full of sports, culture, discussions and parties. Also check out the COC Nijmegen website if you don’t just want to participate in our ride, but are curious about more!

Reason enough for the Gay Classic Car Club Benelux to contribute socially and to organise a wonderful exuberant tour in the region with you. For example, in collaboration with the Nijmegen COC, we let our cars “shine” during a Gay-Filé!

So dress yourself and your car in rainbow colours or make it cheerful in some other way! Of course we also have an item for on or in your classic car.

Verder lezen Coming Out Day Ride

The Drenthe stage Peat and narrow gauge

On Sunday 12 September, our GCCC members Marchel and Paul will take you to South-East Drenthe. There you will get a closer look at the historic peat and oil industry.

The diversity of nature and industry has partly remained visible in the Drenthe country after the centuries-long peat production has ended. Very typical of the peat areas are the many channels and ditches for transport and the drainage of the peat areas. As soon as we pass the national border, we enter the German oil fields via the moor areas. This extraction of oil is known for its nodding donkey pumps and the kilometres long pipelines above the ground. Here and there you see the nodding donkey pumps patiently going up and down. There is also a very fine example as a work of art. When we continue the route on the Dutch side, we pass a beautifully restored air watchtower. It dates from the beginning of the Cold War in the 1950s. Verder lezen The Drenthe stage Peat and narrow gauge


It giet oan! 1)    On Sunday August 15, our enthusiastic club members Paul and Daniël will organise a ride through the southwestern part of this beautiful green province that will show its diversity during this summer sightseeing tour. You will drive past centuries-old buildings and discover historical stories from the distant Frisian past.

There will be another ride in Friesland? Tell us more!

It will be a day when you drive your closed or open classic or less classic car through the National Landscape Southwest Friesland. This National Landscape consists of four very different types of landscape and each has its own historical landscape elements: the IJsselmeer coast, the clay area, the moraines and the peat and lake area. The lake area is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Among other things, the Skûtsjesilen is held here. But you don’t have to go sailing that day, no, we’re going for a stroll. Strolling between the Frisian lakes!




After 301 days, the time has finally come: another GCCC tour!

On Sunday July 25, after all the corona misery, we will start with the most fun ride of the year, the Picnic Ride. Paul and Marchel have provided the route from a central location in the Green Heart to the well-known meadows of Piet and Ernst.

Just like we did at last year’s Picnic Ride, we will not start at a catering facility but at a parking lot on the water.

While enjoying a drink with something delicious to eat you can, at last, catch up with the other GCCC members.

On that day you are welcome from 12 noon! We start our engines at around 1 pm and do the touring at leisure on narrow roads to the final location.

Once there, you can take all the goodies from the boot of your car and chosse a spot on the green field around the farm and start enjoying yourself. Then, too, there will be ample opportunity to exchange the latest news about your acquisitions or projects with your GCCC friends, who you have had to miss all this time. Verder lezen FROM FISH TO COW

Online GCCC Annual General Meeting 2021

Dear members,

We hope you are all still doing well.

After an eventful period in which our old and young timers have been mainly stationary, we, the daily board of the Gay Classic Car Club, would like to invite every member to the Annual General Meeting of 2021.

As most of you know, we always have the AGM earlier in the year. Last year on March 8, 2020, the AGM could be held on location just before the lockdown.

By moving the AGM from March to June 26, we had hoped that an AGM could be held on location. Unfortunately, the COVID measures do not allow an AGM on location yet and therefore the AGM has to be held online this year. You should have received the agenda as an attachment by e-mail. If this is not the case, please send an e-mail to info@gccc.nl to receive the agenda. Verder lezen Online GCCC Annual General Meeting 2021

New date for Annual General Meeting & membership consultation

Dear members,

We hope you are doing well.

Unfortunately, we still have to deal with COVID and the COVID measures now. As a result, there was no New Year’s Reception. Organising a new event will depend on relaxation of the measures.

The AGM was to be held on March 21st this year. Because we prefer to hold an “analog” AGM, where we can speak to each other personally, the board has decided to postpone the date of the AGM.

The new date scheduled for the AGM will be June 27th, taking into account Article 15, paragraph 1 “The financial year of the association isn the same as the calendar year. At least one general meeting is held annually, within six months after the end of the financial year,” assuming that by then the measures have been relaxed. If this turns out not to be the case, we’ll have to resort to holding the AGM digitally after all. Verder lezen New date for Annual General Meeting & membership consultation

Cancelling Achterhoek ride

Dear members,

Earlier this year, we had planned to have a ride in the Achterhoek area in April. Just like now, everyone faced measures to try to contain COVID. In consultation with Aldrin and Erik, the organisers of the ride, it was decided then to cancel the ride and postpone it to December 20th.

Unfortunately, history repeats itself. We are again in a period of strict measures. As you probably expected, in consultation with Aldrin and Erik, it has also been decided to cancel the ride and postpone it to 2021.We hope that 2021 will be a better year for everyone and that events can be held again.

Despite the current situation, we wish you happy and safe holidays and a more prosperous 2021!

The daily management of Gay Classic Car Club Benelux,

Fred, Jerry, Marchel, Rob and Warner

Cancelling ‘Gelderse Vallei’ ride

Dear classic car friends,

As had been announced in the Summer issue of our magazine, a special ride had been planned for Saturday November 21st.

The infamous virus, however, has still got hold of us and for the time being there is not much chance of a relaxation of the measures.  We don’t think it is a responsible thing to organize an event in the current situation. That’s why, in consultation with the organisers Mick and Gertjan, we have decided not to go ahead with the ride and are now planning to have it in 2021.

For now, stay healthy, watch out for each other and have patience.

Gay Classic Car Club Benelux board,

Fred, Jerry, Marchel, Rob and Warner

Dunes and Meuse and in between

It may be short notice, but thanks to Hans, Emiel and Chris there will still be a ride this month! It will take place on Sunday September 27th.

What will the day look like?

We start at a nice location in Elshout. As usual you’ll be welcomed from 12 o’clock with coffee/tea and pastry. The ride itself starts at 1 pm.

From Elshout we head for Drunen, driving along Giersbergen which has a number of beautiful old farmhouses. From there we can walk to the dunes.

We continue through Udenhout and Loon op Zand and then we leave this ‘Loonse en Drunense Duinen ‘ area, go through ’s-Gravenmoer and Raamsdonk and head for Overdiepse Polder.

This polder lies between the river branches ‘Bergsche Maas’ and the ‘Oude Maasje’ and serves as water storage with high water level. The farms were all built between  2010 and 2015 and have all been built on mounds.

From there it’s back to Elshout.

We plan to be back at around 17:30h, so we can enjoy a drink (at your own expense). At 18h dinner will start.

Corona measures allow a maximum of 80 persons taking part in the drive and a  maximum of 50 personen registered for dinner.
Verder lezen Dunes and Meuse and in between

From Markiezaat to Scheldt | CANCELLED

Bergen op Zoom

Update (August 14, 2020)

On account of the recent COVID-19 outbreak at Bergen op Zoom and in consultation with Henk and Hans, the organisers,  and the restaurant manager we have unfortunately been forced NOT to go ahead with this lovely ride. We want to keep things safe and relaxed for everybody.

During the past few days we received several cancellations and questions about this event.

Of course, this ride will be held at a later date. As soon as we have information we’ll let you know.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

We hope you will understand this decision.

Just like everybody else, we are done with the virus, but the virus isn’t done with us.

So keep looking after yourself and others.

Kind regards

The GCCC board, also on behalf of Henk and Hans

Verder lezen From Markiezaat to Scheldt | CANCELLED

Cancellation events

Dear classic car friends,

These are tough times.

Only two weeks ago at our Annual General Meeting at Culemborg we were a bit giggly about ‘not giving hands’. Now two weeks on we are confronted with new measures and a new reality.

Unfortunately this means that large events, such as the Eurovision Song Contest, The Netherlands’ Grand Prix, Utrecht Gay Pride, but also several oldtimer events will be cancelled.

Naturally the GCCC board takes its resposibility in this too. Verder lezen Cancellation events

Annual General Meeting 2020

All members of  Gay Classic Car Club Benelux are invited to the Annual General Meeting of  2020!

At this AGM we  will look back at the events that took place last year and other things that have gone on within our club. Apart from that, we will be looking forward to the national and international events planned for 2020.

The board will, of  course, also present details of the financial situation of the club. Members present will have the opportunity of voting. One of the other points discussed will be the plans for the future of the club.

All members and partner members are welcome and can vote. Non members are not allowed.

The meeting will take place at the  Visscher PGH Autogroep showroom in Culemborg. We will be surrounded by new cars, miniatures and classic French cars, because our host, Mr Henk Visscher is an avid collector. In the interval we are allowed to see his extremely nice collection. The Visscher firm is also well-known for the annual French Car Day in the first weekend of Augustus. More info on the Facebook “Fad’ 20” page! Enough reasons to come to this AGM. Hot and cold drinks, rolls and snacks will, of course, be presented. Verder lezen Annual General Meeting 2020

GCCC New Year’s Drinks …. with Pub Quizz

By now it has become a tradition to start the new GCCC year with New Year’s drinks on the last Sunday of the first month. So the GCCC board is inviting you for informal drinks. That gives us the opportunity to look back at a successful year and raise glasses for a prosperous start of the “ Twenties”! 2020 is sure to be a good year with relaxed and nice events in the Netherlands and Belgium. A good opportunity to see your fellow car lovers again and have a pleasant chat.

Where and when?

So, why not come to the place on the water, well-known to us on Sunday January 26, 2020 at 13:30h. That place is ideal for our cars to be photographed. The exact address will  be sent to you by email. You will get a cup of coffee or tea plus a glass of festive bubbles and on top of that some tasty bits to eat will be presented. If you want to consume more, you’ll have to use the drinks cards which you will get on arrival.

Classic Car Pub Quizz

Even though we drive our old cars, our club is cleverer than the usual car club. That’s why the board wants to test our members if they really know a lot about classic cars, news and other facts. The quizz will be led by a real quizz mistress and her assistant presenter. All this can be done in teams and, of course, we’ll all go for the first prize!

Verder lezen GCCC New Year’s Drinks …. with Pub Quizz


Zoals inmiddels traditie is geworden,  trappen we het nieuwe toerjaar af met de Nieuwjaarsborrel op de laatste zondag van de eerste maand. En dus nodigt het bestuur van de Gay Classic Car Club Benelux jullie graag uit voor een gezellige borrel, waar we samen terug kunnen kijken op een  geslaagd jaar en  gaan proosten op een voorspoedig begin van de “Twenties”! 2020 wordt vast weer een mooi jaar met ontspannen, leuke evenementen in Nederland en België.

Als je je mede-autovrienden al een tijdje niet gezien mocht hebben en met ze bij wilt praten, dan is dit  natuurlijk de beste gelegenheid daarvoor.

Waar gebeurt het en wanneer?

Komt dus allen op zondag 26 januari 2020 om 13.30 uur naar ons welbekende plekje aan het water, waar onze wagens zo fotogeniek geparkeerd kunnen worden! Het adres krijg je bij aanmelding en per email.  Een kopje koffie of thee en gebak zijn inclusief alsmede een glas feestbubbels. Het bestuur biedt ook enige hapjes aan. Daarna kunnen we gebruik maken van onze eigen consumptiekaarten.

Classic Car Pubquiz

Ook al rijden we in oude auto’s, onze club is wel hipper dan de gemiddelde autoclub! Vandaar dat het bestuur middels een pubquiz haar GCCC-leden graag wil uittesten of ze ECHT zoveel van classic cars, nieuws en andere feiten afweten. Dit zal gebeuren onder leiding van een echte Quiz-mistress en haar assistent-presentator. Natuurlijk kun je per team of tafel meedoen en de hoofdprijs winnen! Verder lezen DE GCCC NIEUWJAARSBORREL …………MET PUBQUIZ!

What did we do in 2021

  • 26 June: Annual General Meeting
  • 25 July: Picnic ride
  • 15 August: Ride in Friesland
  • 12 September: Narrow Gauge ride
  • 17 October: Coming Out ride
  • 21 November: Night Fever
  • 19 December: Christmas Cradle Ride

What didn’t we do in 2020?

  • 21 March: Annual General Meeting
  • 18 April: postponed
  • 16 May: postponed
  • 20 June: postponed

What did we do in 2020?

  • 26 January: New Year’s drinks with pub quizz
  • 8 March: Annual General Meeting
  • 12 July: Picnic ride in South-Holland province
  • 27 September: Dunes and Meuse and in between
  • 11 October: Coming Out ride in the Nijmegen area – cancelled
  • 21 November: Ride Gelders Vallei area – cancelled
  • 20 December: Ride in Achterhoek area – cancelled

More (gay) classic events:

  • 9 – 16 October: Gaystronotrip (Organiser: Ledorga)

10th Christmas Crib Ride

So far, GCCC has organised enjoyable Christmas Crib rides every other year. This year it will be the tenth edition, taking place on Sunday December 29th. A good moment to look back at the past year and to welcome in 2020 together with your GCCC friends. The ride is located in western North-Brabant, but we’ll be crossing into Flanders as well.

What car will you take?

Of course it will be appreciated if you can take your oldtimer. But if the roads have been gritted and weather conditions are bad we can imagine that you prefer taking your daily car instead. Verder lezen 10th Christmas Crib Ride

GCCC-Kerststallenrit (de tiende)

De GCCC heeft tot nu toe iedere twee jaar een gezellige Kerststallenrit en dit jaar zijn we aan  de tiende editie daarvan toe en wel op zondag 29 december 2019. Mooi moment om terug te blikken op het afgelopen ritseizoen en alvast te proosten op een knallend goed nieuw jaar, samen met je GCCC-vrienden! Deze tiende rit vindt voor het grootste gedeelte in westelijk Noord-Brabant plaats, maar we zullen ook een stuk door Vlaanderen rijden!

Welke auto kies je?

Uiteraard stellen we het op prijs als je met je klassieke auto kunt komen. Mochten de straten al gestrooid zijn of de wegen minder begaanbaar zijn door het winterse weer, dan kunnen we ons natuurlijk ook voorstellen dat je een andere meer moderne, dagelijkse auto verkiest.

Waar is de start en finish?

De organisatoren, onze GCCC-leden Con en Koos hebben deze keer een locatie als startplaats voor de rit gekozen waar we al eens eerder met de GCCC geweest zijn. We verzamelen in een gezellig restaurant even buiten het Noord-Brabantse Zundert. Het precieze adres wordt je in een e-mail medegedeeld. Je wordt er verwacht tussen 12:00 en 12:30. Buiten is voldoende plaats om je klassieker of andere auto te parkeren. Bij ontvangst wordt er een kop winterwarme erwtensoep geserveerd. Er is ook een vegetarisch alternatief beschikbaar in de vorm van bruine bonensoep.

Hoe ziet de rit eruit?

Elke Kerststallenrit is een verrassende rit van ongeveer 75 kilometer, waarin fotodetails uit de vele kerststallen gevonden moeten worden. Niet alleen goed uitkijken op de mogelijk gladde wegen, maar geef dus ook je ogen goed de kost in of in de onmiddellijke omgeving van de prachtig aangeklede kerststallen. Probeer de fotopuzzel op te lossen en maak kans op heerlijke prijzen! Er zal ook nog een schiftingsvraag of -opdracht zijn. Je hebt er alle tijd voor, maar zorg er wel voor dat je niet later dan 17:00 weer terug bent bij het startpunt. Verder lezen GCCC-Kerststallenrit (de tiende)

Saint Nicholas Ride

On Sunday November 17th we will have a ride centred round the Saint Nicholas celebrations. For those unfamiliar with this, it is a festivity mainly intended for children, but adults celebrate it too, with surprise packets and tongue in cheek poems. Special sweets are associated with this celebration, a.o. chocolate letters an marsipan figures.

Where will we go?

The ride will be in the area around Harderwijk, a pretty town with a cute harbour. We will gather from 11.30 onwards. The exact address will be sent to the club members in a separate e-mail. The start is at one o’clock and the route will take us through the woody area of the North Veluwe and the newly reclaimed land, the polder in the former Zuiderzee. Lots to see on the way, and while driving you have to watch carefully because you will be asked to arrange photos in the correct order.

Verder lezen Saint Nicholas Ride

De Sint Surpriserit (Noord-Veluwe)

Zondag 17 november is de grote dag,
waarop Sint en Piet iedereen van de GCCC  ontmoeten mag!

Sint en zijn maat komen helemaal uit Spanje,
maar gaan nu een keer per stoomtrein naar Oranje.

Op de zaterdag voor de rit komen zij in Apeldoorn aan,
helaas zien zij daar nog geen mooie oldtimers staan.
Hier had Sint al jaren op gewacht,
Dampende stomende wagens in een rij, welk een pracht!

Waarom niet een stukje verder rijden
en de leden van de Gay Classic Car Club met een bezoek verblijden!
Een passie delen is het fijnste wat er is,
vriendschap plus gezelligheid en daarna een goed gevulde dis.

Dus makkers staakt uw klassiek gerace,
En nodig Sint en Piet ook uit op uw feest.
In het Grote Boek vonden zij iets over ondeugende leden ,
Dat deed Sint zijn pas versnellen met rasse schreden.

Na een eerste aanmelding was de reactie van de club wat mat,
Want wat voor een rare snuiter is dat?
Die wil kijken wie er stout is en wie zoet,
Wie in de zak moet of met de roe?
Nou kijkt het bestuur niet op van een hobby of twee.
Maar wat moesten ze hier nou weer mee?
Na goed overleg en op alle vlakken akkoord.
Haalden ze schoorvoetend Sint en Piet aan boord.
De voorzitter sputterde nog behoorlijk tegen,
Maar kreeg van de leden onlangs ook de zegen. Verder lezen De Sint Surpriserit (Noord-Veluwe)

GCCC & PinkSpirit toertocht vrijdag 20 sept – zondag 22 sept 2019 – Zuid-Limburgweekend

Na een succesvolle gezamenlijke toertocht met Pink Spirit in 2007 vonden onze leden Anton, Paul en Marchel het tijd worden om deze 2 groepen petrolheads weer bij elkaar te brengen. Dit keer geen dag maar een weekend om elkaar te leren kennen en/of vriendschappen weer te verstevigen.
We hebben een mooi weekend samengesteld in het prachtige Zuid-Limburg, maar we zullen ook de grens oversteken naar Duitsland en België.
Voor de oldtimerrijders die een motor in de garage hebben staan is dit de uitgelezen gelegenheid om je motor weer een keer onder het stof vandaan te halen. Motorrijders kunnen natuurlijk ook een keer in hun oldtimer/youngtimer stappen of bij een van de andere deelnemers instappen.

Vrijdag 20 september, waar moet ik zijn?
Je bent welkom vanaf 18.00 uur in het Zuid-Limburgse hotel (leden krijgen de precieze locatie) voor het weekend. We zullen daar om 20:00 uur gezamenlijk genieten van een uitgebreid 4-gangenbuffet. Na het diner is er nog volop de gelegenheid om kennis te maken met elkaar en er een gezellige avond van te maken.

Early starters
Wil je het weekend al wat eerder laten beginnen, dan ben je van harte uitgenodigd om deel te nemen aan de rondleiding door de Rolduc Abdij. Om 14:00 uur vangen we aan met koffie en Limburgse vlaai. Vervolgens zal je kennis maken met de rijke historie van deze Abdij, een van de UNESCO-top 100 monumenten van ons land. Deze Abdij van meer dan 900 jaar oud is zeker het bezoeken waard. Aansluitend drinken we met zijn allen een glaasje Abdijbier met daarbij Limburgse hapjes.

De kosten voor deze rondleiding zijn € 17,50 p.p.. Op het inschrijfformulier kan je aangeven of je wilt meedoen met deze rondleiding. De rondleiding gaat alleen door als minimaal 15 personen zich hebben aangemeld. Verder lezen GCCC & PinkSpirit toertocht vrijdag 20 sept – zondag 22 sept 2019 – Zuid-Limburgweekend

GCCG – Kastelen en steenkool

Het graafschap Durham in Engeland

20 tot 23 september 2019

Onze Britse zusterclub, de GCCG, heeft een mooi weekend georganiseerd en onze leden uitgenodigd om ook deel te nemen.

Een luxe weekend in het graafschap Durham, waarin we  het middeleeuwse en industriële erfgoed gaan verkennen, door adembenemende landschappen gaan rijden en gaan genieten van de smakelijke gerechten uit het noorden van Engeland.


Het graafschap Durham is beroemd door zijn schitterende kathedraal, mooie kastelen en ruig landschap. Het heeft artiesten, dichters en toneelschrijvers geïnspireerd maar was ook één van de voornaamste streken van de Industriële Revolutie. We gaan een  gebied verkennen dat voor een groot gedeelte nog onbedorven is.

Raby Castle

Bron Google Maps

Deze streek ligt in de buurt van de Muur van Hadrianus, gebouwd door de Romeinen als meest Noordelijke grens, met daarmee samenhangende veldslagen en kastelen. Eén van de mooiste van die kastelen gaan we tijdens de trip bezoeken, Raby Castle. Het is in de 13e eeuw gebouwd door John Neville, de derde Baron van Raby. Deze invloedrijke familie was de rivaal van de familie Percy. Door de eeuwen heen heeft de familie zijn macht en rijkdom uitgebreid in dit gebied, totdat, na een mislukte opstand, alles in handen kwam van koningin  Elizabeth I. Nu woont Baron Barnard en zijn familie er. Het is een prachtig gebouw met niet minder dan negen torens. Binnen zijn werken van Van Dyck, Reynolds and Giordano te zien en om het huis heen liggen prachtige tuinen met als topper de High Force Waterfall, waar de Rivier de Tees 21 meter naar beneden valt. Verder lezen GCCG – Kastelen en steenkool

Smugglers’ route

Smuggling was widespread in all the border regions between the Netherlands and Belgium. it has disappeared with the abolition of border controls. Before that, whenever there was a price difference on one side of the border smugglers existed. Often this difference was caused by taxes being different, as was the case with salt at the end of the 19th century. But it was butter smuggling between the two world wars that was notorious. The poverty during the economic crisis of the thirties forced many to earn a lilttle extra money by smuggling. Often it was a cat-and-mouse game between the civilian and the customs officer. It’s been known that when some customs officers suspected some woman of having butter on them, they kept her in their office near the fire.  After a while the butter dripped down her skirts!

Are we going to smuggle secretly?

No, we’re not going to do anything underhand during this ride, organised by our members Patrick and Wilfried. On Sunday August 25th we’re going to do a smugglers’ route, which will be very special having exciting narrow roads in parts of Belgium most of you have never seen. We’ll cross the border several times in the areas of Dutch Flanders and the Belgian provinces of Eastern and Western Flanders.  Only the well-known boundary posts will tell you you are in a different country, but don’t be afraid, crossing the border is now completely legal! No customs officer is going to check you. Verder lezen Smugglers’ route

De Smokkelroute

Smokkelen was een wijdverbreide bezigheid overal aan de grens tussen Nederland en België en ook dus in het grensgebied van het Nederlandse Zeeuws-Vlaanderen en België. Alles waarbij er een prijsverschil is in het andere land, leent zich voor de smokkel. Vaak waren accijnzen de oorzaak, zoals aan het eind van de 19e eeuw het geval was met zout, maar vooral de botersmokkel tussen de twee wereldoorlogen is berucht. Door de armoede tijdens economische crisis van de dertiger jaren was het voor velen vaak bittere noodzaak om een beetje bij te verdienen met wat smokkelwaar. Het was vaak een kat-en-muisspel tussen de burger en de douanier. Bekend is dat sommige douaniers vrouwen, van wie ze vermoedden dat die stiekem boter smokkelden, een tijdje vasthielden in hun kantoortje bij de warme kachel. De boter droop na een tijdje uit hun rokken!

Gaan we stiekem smokkelen?

Nee, we moeten met deze rit niet alles stiekem doen en we gaan niets smokkelen, althans niet dat wij weten. We gaan op zondag 25 augustus wel een mooie, bijzondere rit maken, georganiseerd door onze leden Patrick en Wilfried. Een leuke smokkelroute, mooie smalle spannende weggetjes en een deel van België dat de meesten van jullie nog niet gezien hebben. Diverse malen zullen we de grens oversteken van Zeeuws Vlaanderen en delen van België. Zowel Oost- als West Vlaanderen zullen een onderdeel van de route zijn. Telkens zullen de welbekende grenspaaltjes duidelijk maken dat je weer in ‘het andere land bent’, maar vrees niet, de grens oversteken is volledig legaal. Geen douanier die je aan de tand gaat voelen. Verder lezen De Smokkelroute

Picnic Ride in the heights

On Sunday July 21st 2019 we’re not taking off into the air, but we’ll explore residential areas of high calibre.  Going through stately avenues, passing opulent residences, admiring beautiful palaces and strolling along one of the most beautiful esplanades on the Dutch sea coast.  Just been renovated for our annual ride. On the pier there is a bungee tower, so if you would want to be high up for a moment just before falling down into the depths, here’s your chance.  The ride ends at the agricultural estate of our members Ernst and Piet for a lovely picnic in elegance, style and class. You’ll have to take your own food, drinks and tableware, so do your utmost!

Our hosts often award prizes and there is a special Concours d’ Elegance-area for the shiniest, most special classic cars. So, not only should you doll yourself up for this picnic meet, but get your oldtimer tarted up too!

Where is the start?

GCCC-members Ruud and Rob have devised a beautiful route and thought of a related theme. Everybody is welcomed with coffee/tea and pastry at a spacious hotel terrace from 11 a.m. onwards, not very far from our picnic spot. That means that you can  join somebody in his car for a bit if you don’t want to drive yourself  all the way. For parking your oldtimer at the hotel special places have been reserved.

When will the picnic start?

In order to have plenty of time for the picnic, the route has been kept shorter than usual, but bear in mind that traffic to and from the beach can be bad when the weather is nice. The idea is to get to the picnic area at around 2 pm. Verder lezen Picnic Ride in the heights

What did we do in 2019?

De klassiekers van de GCCC geparkeerd op het plein van het voormalige Autotron in Drunen

  • 17 February: Annual General Meeting
  • 10 March: Nobody volunteered to organise a ride.
  • 7 April: Blossom ride through Betuwe area
  • 19 May: IJssel Valley ride from Teuge
  • 23 June: Green Heart ride from Alphen aan den Rijn
  • 21 July: Picnic ride around The Hague
  • 25 August: Smugglers ride in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and Belgium
  • 20-22 September: Weekend in Southern Limburg
  • 20 October: Autumn ride around Arnhem
  • 17 November: Saint Nicholas ride from Harderwijk
  • 29 December: 10th Christmas Crib ride from Oudenbosch


Through the Green Heart

When you are in the west of the Netherlands in the  big busy towns, it’s always bliss to find a grees oasis of peace and quiet just a few miles away. People call it the Green Heart. Fields, trees, mossed trees and walls, duckweed – all varieties of ‘green’. It’s lovely to drive through all that greenery. Now is your chance to do just that with your GCCC friends on Sunday June 23rd.

What are we going to see?

Our members Dick and Marco have organized a nice polder ride for you.  It’s in the area between the rivers Oude Rijn and Amstel.

Broad views over polders and water. A varied ride where you’ll see many beautiful houses, churches and, of course, loads of water. No green landscape without loads of water!

Drive at ease

This ride will offer you ample time to drive at leisure and enjoy the world around you. Why not take a picnic chair with you? Have something to eat or drink and at the same time you can take in all the beauty around you. For bird lovers there is even a bird park.

Spotting old-timers

During the ride you’ll be passing the Vakgarage Tinga at Leimuiden. Stop the car there and have a look!

Where is the start?

We start this ride at Alphen-aan-de-Rijn, a town perhaps best known for its bird park Avifauna. Members will get he precize start address by email.At the starting place you’ll get coffee/tea and pastry.  Verder lezen Through the Green Heart