I had wanted to visit a vintage event overseas for some time. If you are a regular to any of the events in the UK then you might have also noticed the fliers for the many events that take place all over the world. Netherlands, France, Cyprus...when I saw that the Rockin Race Jamboree is held in Torremolinos I couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit.
Travel and Booking
I had ordered my tickets online and received the tickets by email to bring with me to collect my wristband. I did leave it a bit late to book my accommodation but still only paid €200 or so for 5 nights in a lovely two bed apartment so it was still very reasonable.
I have to say the tickets for the Rockin Race were so cheap compared to events in the UK considering the packed schedule! All in all it wasn't a lot more than a weekender in the UK but with the added bonus of a bit of winter sun!
Tip - There were two venues for the event and the box office hours for collecting wristbands in the day closed at about 5pm so do plan when to get your wristbands so you don't arrive to be met with a closed box office - all the info is on the website.
I have been to Torremolinos quite a few times so I am used to getting the train from the airport, it's not far and they are easy to navigate so avoid a taxi if you want to save cash.
The evening venue is the beautiful Auditorium Municipal to which there are also buses but they do finish earlier than you might be used to so be prepared to get a taxi back depending on where you are staying. Luckily my friend and I could walk from my accommodation for the evening event, honestly I would say that's the way to go because the daytime action at the hotel is so easy to get to by bus.
Tip - the first night (Thursday if you hold the right ticket) and Sunday night were held in the downstairs of the hotel Barracuda. On the Sunday there was a large queue to get in and a one in one out policy due to capacity. This is the kind of thing you don't know till you go somewhere so my plan for next time would be to get there early on the Sunday and snag one of the many large sofas as it was heaving full of people looking to enjoy the last full night!
Music & Munch
The schedule for the Rockin Race is jam packed with music usually starting at lunchtime and ending at the auditorium in the wee hours of the morning. I decided to look up the bands on youtube and decide which ones I really couldn't miss because I knew I wouldn't be able to make it to all of them! Do be prepared though this event is not for the faint hearted if you plan on trying to see everything.
I especially loved seeing my pal Kenny play with Rusty and the Riots which was a great start to my weekend as I arrived just in time!
The Neatbeats were also a particular highlight for me and really got the crowd going!
The hotel (daytime) is very close to the marina which aside from being a beautiful spot to have a few drinks it has some lovely restaurants too. My friend and I went and had a lovely meal there on Sunday. The lamb shank was really heavenly and I left very full and content!
Like most vintage events there is a car show which takes place on the sea front in Torremolinos and brings with it the locals who are not attending the event, it was a fantastic atmosphere and there were some great bands playing during the day. Definitely not to be missed. It was great to be able to sit outside and listen to the music from afar in the sunshine.
This event does not have as much shopping as some of the UK events so don't be disappointed if thats what you are used to. However in the daytime at the hotel there were a couple of vendors including Bianca Luck Shoes. It was great to be able to try these on because they are based in Mexico so I can see myself putting in an order soon!
In the evening there are quite a few stalls in the Auditorium, again some of these were brands I hadn't seen in person before so it was great to feel the products and get an idea of the quality and sizing. I was especially pleased to see Motorkulture Clothing and to get to see their products in real life - amazing pieces!
Malaga also has a few vintage shops and there are a few great charity shops in Torremolinos and Malaga - I have a haul to bring you in a post next week of my purchases because I did pretty well!
Malaga tip - Malaga also has an amazing Automobile museum (cars but also fashion) and the Picasso museum which are not to be missed if you are looking for some other things to do. Highly recommend!
All in all I had such a great time visiting the Rocking Race Jamboree. I want to try and go to move of the non UK events as I love visiting new places. Where to next I wonder.....