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Algarve Classic Cars Rally 2012
Algarve Classic Cars celebrates its 20th Birthday this year with its Annual Classic Car Rally which will be held from 13th to 15th July 2012. About 150 cars are expected from the 1920s to 1980s.
Included in the line up will be a 1968 Mini Cooper S, which was Campeão Nacional Portugal 1969 and has recently been restored to its original rally specification. Perhaps the rarest car participating, however, will be a 1937 Edford, which is the only known Portuguese make of car. This is a V8 3.6 litre sports car with a light weight aluminum body giving the car a top speed of around 190kph. It is believed that this will be the first time it has made a public appearance in the south of Portugal. Also included is a very rare 1935 Triumph Gloria Southern Cross, one of just fourteen surviving worldwide. Other cars include a 1935 Mercedes 500K, 1928 Packard Roadster and a 1938 Citroen 11 BL Cabriolet.
The event starts at Vilamoura Marina outside the Tivoli on Friday afternoon. At 19:10 hrs the cars take part in a slalom at the front of the casino.
On Saturday at 09:30 hrs the cars depart on a route that will include various time trials and slaloms. The cars will pass through the centre of São Brás around 10:30 hrs, Loulé at 11:00 hrs, and Armação de Pêra around 15:30 hrs. These will be good areas for people to view the cars.
After returning to Vilamoura the cars finally leave the Marina around 10:00hrs on Sunday and will be passing through Lagoa around 10:45 hrs.
Luis Brito Head of Algarve Classic Cars and Head of the Organizing Committee of the event said, “We are holding the 20th edition of the Algarve Classic Cars this year. It is for us a matter of great pride and a sense of gratitude to everyone who made it possible to achieve, with a main focus on all competitors who gave us the pleasure in participating during all these years. Thank you”.
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