The second half of our summer holidays had already begun when I gave in to the temptations to explore the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range at the north-west coast of Mallorca, on four wheels. Only a proper ride was missing, so I gave Yves from Rent a Classic Mallorca a call in order to ask for a Lotus Super 7. Unfortunately, the last client hadn’t just rented the Super 7, but bought it right away so it wasn’t part of Yves’ fleet anymore. In the first moment I was a bit disappointed, but finally I had to admire the snap decision of this guy. Luckily, a MGB from 1971 was available and I agreed with Yves to pick up the British roadster the next morning.
The weapon of choice
Yves awaited us at a gas station close to where he’s living and operating his rental business. We were a little bit late as we followed his advice to use the side roads rather then the highway. As promised by Yves this was much more fun to drive, but we horribly underestimated the additional time it would take. Nevertheless, it got us attuned for the MGB that were going to accompany us for the rest of the day.
The red body of the MGB was shining in the sun when we finally arrived at the gas station. The black leather interior of the open roadster might burn your backside if you are not careful, but it’s the perfect contrast to its red-colored body. What I was instantly wondering about, though, was its size. Not that you wouldn’t have enough space in the MGB. Even for a tall person like me there is more than enough space to stretch out the legs, but somehow it feels one size too small. Just as if somebody would ask you to ride a teenager’s bike. I am still not sure whether this is more a particular nature of British cars, or generally reflects the typical design of roadsters from the 1960s.
The engine wasn’t really new to me as the B-series engine of the MGB is conceptually similar to the A-series engine of the Mini. The main difference is the displacement, with 1.798cc are propelling the MGB. This makes a good fit to the MGB and allows for relaxed cruising even on mountain roads. After a quick introduction to the MGB’s oddities we were ready to go. Yves proposed a route through the mountains which we were going to follow.
How does it feel to drive a MGB? The low center of gravity and the direct steering promotes the sports car nature of the MGB. Well, a bit more power wouldn’t hurt the concept of the MGB, but it’s certainly enough power for unagitated cruising. It’s simply not a boy racer, it’s a gentleman’s driver.
Californian dreams, Mallorquin reality
If you don’t miss any of Petrolicious’ clips, or watching Magnus Walker pushing a 911 through mountains stirs your blood, you probably crave a lifestyle that is commonly thought to be restricted to California only. It is essentially made up of people driving a cars, mostly classics and often hot-rodded, which reflect their personal individualism, and an appropriate habitat for both, car and driver, curvy side roads, sunshine, and a spectacular landscape. Said this, Mallorca is beyond question a worthy equivalent to what all to often seems to be exclusive to California.
As Mallorca is also a well-known spot for cyclists, we expected a lot of bike traffic on our trip. Surprisingly, the bike traffic wasn’t that much, but you should avoid the main tourist spots. Otherwise you’ll have to line up between countless rental cars. As Yves told us later the day, it’s definitively worth to drive very early in the morning as you will have the mountains for your own then.
An unexpected meeting
Back from our trip I couldn’t resist to ask Yves for this other cars. Though he was a bit in a hurry he took the time to present his fleet. Soon I found myself surrounded by classics such as a T2 camper, a E30 convertible, a 2CV, and others. What grabbed my whole attention, however, was another Super 7 hiding under a tarp. It was equipped with an 2.0 DOHC engine with two DCOE Webers are used for carburation. I could easily imagine how this beast would push forward. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for rental and had no license plate on. So not even a little test drive was possible.
Yves collection has plenty to offer and the Serra de Tramuntana is close by. If your are going to spend your holidays on Mallorca you should not miss to discover the region with one of Yves’ classics.
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