Cascais’ link with motorsport is old and steeped in history. From the circuits of Ruas do Estoril at the beginning of the 20th century. XX, up to the city circuit of Cascais in the 60s and the construction of the Estoril circuit in 1972, many moments contributed to a relationship that lasts until today and which continues to attract pilots around the world.
A clear example of this piece of history is the Estoril circuit, which for several years has been the scene of important events such as the Formula 1 World Championship or the Rally of Portugal. Between 1984 and 1996, the circuit saw the conquest of the third world championship by Niki Lauda, the first pole and victory of Ayrton Senna, the fourth championship of the Frenchman Alain Prost and the thrilling slalom of the Rally of Portugal in the years 70s and 80s.
But this story is not just about pilots. For motorsport enthusiasts, the cars are the real stars of the parade. Created in 2017 with the aim of bringing the world’s most important classic cars and competitions to the Estoril circuit, Estoril Classics has quickly become a must stop for all classic car enthusiasts.
An event linked to the past and open to the future, with a program made up of 15 races and 11 grids which include the international championships organized by Peter Auto, the largest and most prestigious “tour” of vintage car events in the world with historic circuits such as Le Mans (France) and Spa (Belgium), but also with the Iberian Historic Endurance organized by Race Ready and the presence of the ACP with the Rallye de Portugal Histórico and the exhibition alluding to the 120th anniversary of the Raid Figueira da Foz Lisbon, the genesis of the ACP. The Peter Auto and Race Ready grids are dedicated to different periods in the history of motorsport and bring together, on the same stage, different categories of classic racing: Formula 1, Sports Cars, GT, Touring and prototypes.
During this year’s edition, which will take place from October 7 to 9, the Estoril circuit will host F1 classics up to 1986, endurance races from the 1950s and 1960s, GT cars and prototypes of dreams (including Porsche 935, BMW M1, Lola T70, Ferrari 512 BBLM, Ford GT40), exuberant Sport-prototypes which marked the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship between 1982 and 1993 and the BMWs and Ford Tourings between 1966 and 1984 that shone at the 24 Hours of Spa Francorchamps. There is also a reserved and exclusive test drive for the first Porsche 911s, with short chassis and 2-litre engines, prepared in accordance with FIA regulations before 1966.
In an event where the focus is on the car, participants are part of an exclusive group of Gentelman drivers from more than 20 nationalities passionate about the sport and the history of the brands. In addition to the direct impact of this event, motivated by the travel and stays of all those who follow the races, it also has a multiplier effect, either through the installation of the old car restoration industry in Portugal, a growing region, or by increasing the region’s reputation and prestige within the “Gentleman Drivers” segment. In the case of the latter, the impact also leads to a potential increase in activities carried out throughout the year linked to the event, such as, for example, organized stays of classic car clubs, tests for races or their location in the region. , thus reinforcing Cascais as the best place to spend a day or a lifetime.