Classic entertainment

Algarve Classic Cars 2004, the biggest collection of antique cars in the Iberian Peninsula, will be touring across the region between today (July 9) and July 11.

The 150 classic cars will travel around 200kms covering Loulé, Albufeira, Portimão, S. Brás de Alportel, Silves and Lagoa. The event has grown enormously since the first classic cars event 10 years ago. This year there will be participants from Belgium, France, Spain, Germany and the UK, as well as Portuguese motoring enthusiasts.

The organisers explained to The Resident that in order to take part, the cars must date from the 1925 to 1974 era. Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Porsches, Jaguars, BMWs and Ferraris from that period are all expected to hit the region’s roads next weekend.

The event starts from the Marina de Vilamoura on Friday afternoon, with the cars parking up outside the Casino later in the afternoon.

During the weekend, the cars will tour Loulé and São Brás de Alportel, then it’s on to Albufeira. By lunchtime, the rally will reach the Sheraton Algarve. From there, the cars will hit the road for Lagoa, with stops at the Fiesa 2004 sand festival and Portimão Marina. At the end of the day, the cars will loop back to Vilamoura Casino.

On Sunday, the cars will visit Karting de Almancil to take part in a race round the track before returning to Vilamoura Marina for a prize-giving ceremony.