Precious Metal At The Algarve Classic Festival

Pedro Ramos Santo is a commercial photographer working out of Lisbon, Portugal. Although his professional work is varied, cars are his passion, and in this I Am The Speedhunter submission Pedro takes us to the Algarve Classic Festival.

My interest in cars started early, when I was a kid. With an older brother passionate about cars (at the time he drove a 1979 Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI) it wasn’t hard for me to fall in love with them either – especially the classics. Living in a small country internationally known for its classic rally and hill climb events, cars like the Porsche 911 and the Ford Escort Mk1 really left a mark on me as a youngster, as did the smells of burned tires and gasoline.

Algarve Classic Festival 2016

Fast forward in life, I studied photography and became a still life photographer in 2007. But the passion for cars has always remained and for the last three years I’ve dedicated myself to automotive photography. In 2016, I travelled the whole country shooting motorsport events, one favorite being the Algarve Classic Festival in Portimão, Portugal.

Algarve Classic Festival 2016

When most people think about Algarve, the fantastic beaches and the summer vacations spent in the south of Portugal normally come to mind. But having now attended this event, my thoughts are all memories of the pure sounds of classic motors running around Algarve International Raceway.

Algarve Classic Festival 2016

The Algarve Classic Festival is divided into several categories spanning different eras of motorsport. Competing classics include everything from Ferraris to Fords and Lotuses, and Porsches to Bizzarrinis among many others.

The paddock and the stands fill up while the teams prepare the cars for the MRL ’50s Sports Cars category, which includes cars like the Jaguar E-Type, Lister Knoobly and Cooper Lotus 11 and 15. With the sun about to disappear behind the mountains surrounding Monchique, the lights are turned on and the pilots get ready for a spectacle that evokes scenes reminiscent of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, thus becoming one of the most appreciated races of the event.

Algarve Classic Festival 2016

On the second day, the GT & Sport Cars Cup competition for genuine pre-1966 and pre-1963 sports cars takes place. It’s in this race that machines like the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, AC Cobra 289, Morgan Plus 4 SLR and various Maseratis all share the track.

Algarve Classic Festival 2016
Algarve Classic Festival 2016

The Iberian Historic Endurance, a race created by Diogo Ferrão, Portuguese pilot and organizer of the event, is held at different raceways in the Península Ibérica. During the Algarve Classic Festival there were two 50-minute races run for this class.

Algarve Classic Festival 2016

After the successes of previous Algarve Classic Festival events, drivers rallied for a new race for ’70s sports car, and that has come to life as the Algarve 200km Sports Cars Pre-1979. It’s a great race to see models like the Porsche 911 RSR in action.

Pedro Ramos Santos
Instagram: pedro.ramos.santos

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What beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing

Pedro Ramos Santos

Thank you!


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Wow this is some serious classic race car porn, thank you so much for the pictures they are amazing!

Pedro Ramos Santos

Thank you!


Hey guys, somehow I'm not able to enlarge the pictures. Clicking on them doesn't open the usual fullscreen viewer. Tried on Opera, Chrome and Edge, same result in all browsers.


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Great article! Can anyone tell me what the black car in pic 42/65 is?


nice pictures and article.

Pedro Ramos Santos

Thank You!


Beautiful work,we are few but the madness is strong :)
Always nice to see Portugal and its amazing light shinning down on classic metal


fantastic images Pedro, but that "intro pic" is simply stunning & does it for me - well done


Hat tip sir, that was lovely. Inspirational stuff, I got a real feel for it.


beautiful! so wish i was there




Stunning photos! What an amazing event, the sounds of all those classics must be a real treat in person.


Twitch_6 To even behold one of those cars in person is an event. So many at the same time...


Great photographs I enjoyed them


Such a beautiful photos. Are they available in higher res.? Thank you.


My last month paycheck was for 11000 dollars... All i did was simple online work from comfort at home for 3-4 hours/day that I got from this agency I discovered over the internet and they paid me for it 95 bucks every hour... This is what I do.


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my father in law recently got Audi A5 Coupe by working part time from a macbook...


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Paddy McGrath stitchdup cool, I enjoy reading the comments as much as the articles


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as Mary responded I'm amazed that anyone able to get paid $4246 in one month on the 
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Photography was phenomenal, but the shots with the 2002 and cortina were my favorite ;)


Sign this dude up. Like, yesterday. He didn't just hit a home run his first at-bat, he hit a goddamn monster Grand Slam. This is one of the only times since Speedhunter's inception that I didn't read the story, I merely gasped at each next photo. I'm in awe of his lenscraft, up there in the high stratosphere with Larry :)

Pedro - Thank you for sharing your work. *claps*

Pedro Ramos Santos

Thanks! :)


Paddy McGrath stitchdup We can't wait. I know it's got to be driving people mad.


Really great pics! I hope Pedro submits more articles like this one.


love the old school cars


Great article and awesome photography. I would love to see more articles from Mr. Santos.