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Folga

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  • Day879

    Classic cars in the Algarve

    November 1, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The 10th anniversary of the Algarve Classic Festival, held at the Portimao race circuit, was the perfect excuse for some of our pals to join us for the weekend.

    Based at Turiscampo Campsite near Lagos, we were joined by Chris, Mike, Ronnie and Vince who flew over from the UK, and Nigel who drove across the border from Spain laden with bottles of Spanish wine!

    We had 3 days of qualifying and racing to enjoy with over 300 hundred teams and 12 championship classic competitions to watch. The paddock was lined with specialised articulated car transporters cum garages that delivered some unique vehicles to participate including a £40 million Ferrari, historic Jaguars, Lotus' and AC Cobra's to name but a few. The variable weather conditions made for some challenging racing and dramatic moments such as a Lotus flipping over during the Iberian Historic Endurance race on the Saturday. Thankfully, the driver was fine.

    As well as fun at the racetrack, we enjoyed evenings together at local restaurants and at the campsite where the guys were staying in one of the bungalows. It had been a while since we had last been together so we had lots of catching up to do over beers, wine and gin & tonics.

    Thanks for a great weekend everyone. We were sad to say goodbye but grateful to catch up on sleep afterwards!
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  • Day592

    World Super Bikes winter testing

    January 18, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Just 12 miles from our campsite, in a beautiful, countryside setting between the sea and the hills of Monchique, we paid a visit to the Autodromo International do Algarve.

    At the time of our visit, this new and highly impressive facility was hosting pre-season final testing for the World Super Bikes, before they head off to Australia to start the seasons racing.

    Unlike Moto GP, which is the biking equivalent of Formula 1, the WSB bikes are all production based and both look and sound spectacular. It was a great opportunity to experience these machines close-up, being ridden by young men who had quite clearly overdosed on the brave pills for breakfast.

    Fortunately, Chris did not try to emulate them on the journey back on our bike!
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