Algarve Classic Festival 2012

Now into its fourth year, the this year has seen a change of name, now called the Algarve Classic Festival as opposed to the Algarve Historic Festival.  A small point, and one that I didn’t get an answer to!

This was my third trip to the fabulous Portimao race track, and I love the place.  The drive in, the views, the enormous grandstand, the track elevations, the atmosphere, everything is just right, a brilliant place.
This year’s event seemed smaller, a couple less races, the F1 cars weren’t there and there seemed to be less spectators.  But the event as a whole was still just as enjoyable.
The three day race weekend was divided into 9 races, all with practice, qualifying and race, so there was still plenty of on track action to see from before 9 in the morning until 7 in the evening.  Throw in the lovely weather and you have a perfect end of year race weekend

JD CLASSICS CHALLENGE

ALFA ROMEO GTAM
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BMW 2002
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FORD ESCORT MK1 RS
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FORD ESCORT MK1
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FORD ESCORT RS 1600
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FORD ESCORT
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FORD ESCORT MK2
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FORD ESCORT RS 1600
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JAGUAR XJ12 BROADSPEED
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PORSCHE 911 RSR
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MITSUBISHI STARION
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FORD CAPRI RS3100
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CHEVROLET CAMARO
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U2TC

BMW 1800 TiSA
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BMW 1800 Ti
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FORD Lotus Cortina MK 1
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Austin Mini Cooper S
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Morris Mini Cooper
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Morris Mini
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
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Fiat Abarth 850TC
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Fiat Abarth 1000TC Corsa
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STIRLING MOSS TROPHY

Lister Knobbly
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Lister Chevrolet
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Maserati T61 Birdcage
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36 Lister Jaguar Costin
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Kurtis 500S
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Cooper Monaco
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Aston Martin DB3
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Aston Martin DB2
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Jaguar C-type
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GT & SPORT CAR CUP

AC Cobra 289
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Jaguar E-Type
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Jaguar E-Type Lightweight
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Morgan Plus 4 SLR
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Bizzarrini 5300 GT
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Austin Healey 3000S
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MG B
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LISTER JAGUAR
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Lotus 11
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Triumph TR 4
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Porsche 356 SC
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Alfa Romeo TZ1
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MG B
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TVR Grantura Mk III
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Lotus Elite
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Iso Grifo A3/C
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Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
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210 Austin Healey 100 S
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1 000 Kms

Lola T70 Mk3B
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Lola T70 Mk 3B
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Lola T70 Mk3B
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Ford GT 40
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 Chevron B8

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Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona GRP 4
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Chevron B8
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Elva MK 7
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Ford Lotus Elan 26R
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Ford Falcon Sprint
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Ford Falcon Sprint
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Chevron B8
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Ford Mustang MK1
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Lola T 70 Mk3
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IGD – PORTIMAO RACE

BMW 2800 CS
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Chevrolet

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Porsche 911 RS

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Porsche 911 RS
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Porsche 911 RS

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Porsche 911 2.0

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Lotus Elan
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Alfa Romeo GTAm
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Porsche 911 R

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Shelby
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BMW 635 CSI
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FORD
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Porsche 356 SC
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De Tomaso Pantera

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Ford Capri 3000
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Ferrari 275 GTB

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Datsun 1200
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Porsche 911
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PRE-WAR SPORT CARS

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Aston Martin Speed 15/98
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Bentley 3-4 1/2
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BMW 328 Sports
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MG K3
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Lagonda Le Mans
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Bentley 4 1/2 Le Mans
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Frazer Nash TT Replica
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Bentley 3-4 1/2
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CPCC 1300

FORD ESCORT 1.3 GT
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ALFA ROMEO
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TOYOTA STARLET
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MORRIS 1275 GT
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DATSUN 1200
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MINI MARCOS GT
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CLAN CRUSADER
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FIAT ABARTH 1000
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FORMULA JUNIOR

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89 LOTUS 20B
92 MRC 22

87 LOLA MK 5A

40 LOLA T54 FII

58 WAINER

86 COOPER T56

6 ELVA 100

56 COOPER T56

64 LOTUS 22

76 AUSPER T3

170 COOPER T76

95 TOJEIRO

23 ELVA 100

28 HILLWOOD

78 LOTUS 27

74 LOTUS 22

AND MORE…

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ROAD CARS

A very early Honda Civic
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Lots of Austin and Morris Minis
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MG B, Fiat 124 Sport Spider and an unusual Matra Murena
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A gorgeous Mercedes 170S
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Aston DB7 and V8 Vantage
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Ferrari 550 and 458
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TVR Sagaris
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BMW M6
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The 928 was bought in Scotland and then driven directly to Portugal without a hiccup!  It’s a work in progress according to it’s owner
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This Aston was lovely
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Guernsey registered Maserati and  Mercedes SLS
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Morgans
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An older version of the Nissan Skyline
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I love these Citroen Maharis
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French registered Toyota LandCruiser V8
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A Harley Night Rod and the track’s Honda Fireblade
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A Ferrari F1 Clienti truck.  A couple of days ago, while I was on track, I had seen a Ferrari F1 car from a couple of years ago in one of the pits.  No doubt some wealthy ower had been having some fun on the track.  Sadly it was out during the classic weekend.
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 During the lunch break, the track’s Porsche 911 Carrera S was giving passenger rides.  The same car that I had had fun in the previous day!

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This years event was definitely smaller than previous years, but was still a great experience.  The sun was out, the cars were loud and the track as great as ever.  With any luck the classic F1 cars will return, whatever happens, I know I will.
 

2012-10-26 20:41:58

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  • #1888

    Dan
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    Now into its fourth year, the this year has seen a change of name, now called the Algarve Classic Festival as opposed to the Algarve Historic Festival
    [See the full post at: Algarve Classic Festival 2012]

    #1889

    Colin
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    Awesome report, Dan.

    I really must get to this event sooner rather than later.

    #1890

    TreVoR
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    Fantastic stuff, Dan. There were some properly nice cars there!

    #2018

    Dan
    Member

    Cheers guys, you should all come next year!

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