Portimão Arena played host to the ninth annual Algar Moto Expo last weekend.
The event, which was organised by Moto Clube de Portimão and sponsored by Portimão Câmara, showcased new motorcycles from various manufacturers in the Algarve, with the latest models from Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda, Aprilia and Harley Davidson on display.
To add interest for the enthusiasts, there were also displays of old motorcycles alongside examples of custom fitting specialists and accessories.
The president of the Moto Clube Portimão, Vitor Costa, told The Resident that attendance at last year’s show had been very good, with thousands of visitors viewing the displays, but he hoped that this year’s event would see even more people through the doors.
Fellow organiser and vice-president of the club, José Simões, explained that the event is organised and run by volunteers, with the intention of attracting potential customers for the various manufacturers. Simões added: “As Portimão Câmara helps sponsor the event and the cost of the pavilion, we are able to make entry to the exhibition free for visitors.”
With only 17 exhibitors taking up space in the pavilion, there was plenty of room for visitors to look around the various displays and take their time to speak to the staff on the stands.
Simões told The Resident: “The original dates for the exhibition clashed with a larger one taking place in Lisbon, so we had to move our event at short notice to a weekend when the pavilion here was not already in use, but we will start planning next year’s event earlier to make sure that we don’t have to make last minute alterations again.”
For motorcycle enthusiasts who like to compare the different styles and specifications of the machines, without having to travel from town to town to visit the individual stores, this was a good opportunity to do exactly that, all under one roof.
By Petrol Ed