6 Reasons not to miss Estoril Classics
Estoril Classics is coming up and there are many reasons for true motoring fans to come to the Estoril Race Track. For the sixth edition of the event, we've listed six reasons to show that you can't miss it.
History in the paddock and beyond
The Estoril Classics paddock is where any true motoring fan must be this weekend and, at this moment, although the weekend tickets are already sold out, there are still some daily ones left.
There are countless machines that have marked motor sport over seventy years that can be seen up close and almost touched. Besides, the car owners, mechanics, etc, are friendly and always willing to share stories with the fans.
In the paddock, you can also find the 'Food & Brand Village' where you can drink and eat while watching the countless races on a giant screen. You can also move around using the train that crosses the whole area and has four stops.
James Bond and Cascais
ACP Clássicos will once again be present at Estoril Classics. With an exhibition dedicated to the history of Aston Martin with some of the most emblematic models in which the DB5 made famous in the James Bond movies, that passed by Cascais in one of his movies, could not miss. A 1901 Darracq is also present in an evocation of the 120 years of the Figueira da Foz - Lisbon Raid that took place on October 27th, 1902 and which was at the genesis of the foundation of the Real Automóvel Club de Portugal on April 15th, 1903.
Mosler: the car that João Barbosa developed
Mosler and João Barbosa are inseparable names, since the Portuguese ace was the one who developed the American car - either in its road version or in the competition version - having been preponderant for its proven competitiveness.
In 2002 Barbosa took part in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, the forerunner of the United SportsCar, driving the imposing Perspective Racing Mosler MT900 R, winning the GT class at Homestead.
During Estoril Classics you will have the chance to see the machine the Portuguese driver used during that season in the Endurance Racing Legends race this weekend.
Jaguar Type D: The most valuable car in the paddock
Jaguar in the 1950s was a brand with quite a lively sporting life, being a constant presence at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which at the time was perhaps the most important motor racing event in the world - Formula One was just taking its first steps.
So Ferrari, Mercedes and the 'Big Cats' marque were the big players and it was usually one of them were celebrating on Sunday afternoon.
In 1954 Jaguar debuted the Type D and if that year Ferrari got the better of it, in the following three years the Coventry automaker beat the competition.
This a car valued at over twenty million euros, and one is entered this year's edition of Estoril Classics in the Fifties Legends race.
The Porsche that beat the heavyweights
At the end of the 1960s Porsche was already a major brand in the world of endurance racing, even though victory at Le Mans had not yet entered the curriculum of the prestigious manufacturer from Zuffenhausen.
However, one of its most iconic cars had already been born - the 908, which was to have several versions.
The 908/03, which weighed only 500Kg, will be represented at Estoril Classics by two units and each one of them with colours which marked Porsche's participations in the great world races - one liveried by Gulf and the other by Martini.
In its first season the car from Zuffenhausen won the 1000Km Nurburgring and the Targa Florio.
The F1 car that debuted Ayrton Senna
The Classic GP by Portugal Sotheby's Realty is a resounding success, having captivated the interest of three more entries.
Thus, a March 821, a Lotus 87B and a Williams FW08C will be present at the two starting grids of the races scheduled for Estoril Classics.
The Williams has also the particularity of being the model in which Ayrton Senna, who won his first victory at the Estoril Racetrack, made his Formula 1 debut, in a test for Frank Williams' team, in July 1983, at Donington.