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Retro weekend at the race track

The Algarve Historic Festival, set to be the biggest motoring event of its kind ever to take place in the Algarve, begins today (Friday October 16) and runs until Sunday, October 18 at the Algarve Motor Park in Portimão.  

A total of 248 drivers will compete in 16 races during the three-day event which will include 12 categories of classic cars. The schedule for the weekend includes 10 free practices and 10 qualifying sessions today and tomorrow morning.

The first of the 16 races will begin at midday tomorrow and the last race will commence at 5.30pm Sunday.

Tomorrow at 5pm, a very special race will be taking place. British historic race organiser, Motor Racing Legends, will be running The Sir Stirling Moss Trophy in celebration of the legendary racing driver’s 80th birthday. Spectators will be able to watch Sir Stirling Moss take part in the 1950s sports car race, driving his very own 1956 Osca FS 372 race car.

Among those competing with Sir Stirling Moss will be Charles McCabe, Malcolm Verey, Jim Woodley, Gavin Henderson and Paul Chase-Gardener.

There will also be two other major attractions at the event. The Mini 50 Year Commemoration Charity Parade and the Ferrari, Maserati and Osco European Charity Parade will take place in aid of the Children’s Welfare, Protection and Healthcare campaign. Owners of the cars will be able to do a circuit of three laps on the race track while contributing 50 euros to the campaign.  

The drivers taking part in the Grand Prix Masters race include Jean Louis Duret, Don Edwards and Roy Maydon.

In the Formula Junior race, competitors include Stuart Tizzard, Jim Chapman, David Pratley and Stephen Rey.

Among the competitors for the RM Auctions Race for Pre 66 GP cars are Nick Eden, Erik Staes, Jon Fairley and Jason Minshaw.

The Algarve Historic Festival will also have the participation of ex-Formula 1 drivers Maria Teresa de Filippis, Jochen Mass, Bobby Rahal and Richard Attwood.

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