Estoril Classics Week Coverage – Part 2/3 – Visitors’ Rides and Car Clubs

For part II of our Estoril Classics Week coverage, we’re focusing on some of the best visitor’s cars and club rides which showed up to the event, both at the Concours and track areas. Outside the main action but still a huge focus of interest for any enthusiast, the parking lots and main accesses are always packed with gems and surprises which are a joy to discover. These were our favorites.

Starting with Porsches, the first thing to catch our eye was a flawless 3.6 964 Turbo just outside the Concours d’Elegance area. Later on at the track, very good examples of the 930 Turbo and 993 Turbo (and Turbo S) would also make an appearance, as well as a 50th anniversary edition 991 which got its fair share of attention

Porsche 964 3.6 Turbo

Porsche 964 3.6 Turbo

Porsche 930 Turbo

Porsche 930 Turbo

Porsche 993 Turbo

Porsche 993 Turbo

Porsche 993 Turbo S

Porsche 993 Turbo S

Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition

Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition

Some older 911s also showed up to strut their timeless elegance. Among these, a very early 901 (1964?), a green 911S featured on the 2016 ACP Concours and still looking perfect today, as well as a couple of 2.4s – S and T, and a T Targa

Porsche 911 901

Porsche 911 901

Porsche 911S

DSC_0776

Porsche 911S 2.4

DSC_0860

Porsche 911T 2.4

Porsche 911T 2.4

Porsche 911T Targa

Porsche 911T Targa

Another always welcome addition to this kind of event are E-Types. We’re featuring our favorites, a couple of 4.2 Series 1 roadsters, one of which fitted with a stylish factory  hardtop. And since we’re talking Jags, it would be impossible not to show some love to a gorgeous, brown XJ6 Series II. People are still sleeping on the XJ6 but it won’t be like this forever and prices will reflect that change

Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1

Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1

Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1

Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1

Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1

Jaguar XJ6 Series 2

Jaguar XJ6 Series 2

There was a lot to see from Italian manufacturers as well. Starting with Alfa Romeo and one of the coolest things ever made: the Montreal. A perfect car, in perfect condition and in a perfect color, this Montreal was simply the best surprise that the ECW had to offer and all we could do was bask in the magnificence of its presence. Also noteworthy from Alfa, the wonderfully nuts and unreliable Giulia Quadrifoglio, a beautiful little Giulietta Spider and a nice Series 2 Spider

Alfa Romeo Montreal

Alfa Romeo Montreal

Alfa Romeo Montreal

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Alfa RomeoGiulietta Spider

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider

Alfa Romeo Spider

Alfa Romeo Spider

Lancia was well represented too with an extremely impressive yellow Delta HF Integrale Evo II, some regular Fulvias (we picked one of several as an example), a Fulvia Sport Zagato – the top of the range 1.3S version no less – which is always a treat to check out and a true survivor: a Beta Spider

Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution 2

Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution 2

Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution 2

Lancia Fulvia

Lancia Fulvia

Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3S Zagato

Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3S Zagato

Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3S Zagato

Lancia Beta Spider

Lancia Beta Spider

Classic Ferrari owners seems to have decided en masse to skip the ECW 2018. However, we have to point out the welcome appearance of at least a noteworthy Dino

Ferrari Dino

Ferrari Dino

Ferrari Dino

DSC_0690

Nearby, another Italian icon: the Fiat Abarth 124 Rally, a fabulous homologation special looking sharp in Corsa red

Fiat Abarth 124 Rally

Fiat Abarth 124 Rally

As far as Lotus sightings, there were a couple of Evoras, one of which a 400, as well as Series 1 and Series 2 Elises. But the really interesting Lotus addition to the event was a cool little S1 Esprit, the undisputed king of 70’s wedge design

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora 400

Lotus Evora 400

Lotus Elise 111S

DSC_0931

Lotus Esprit S1

DSC_0213

Lotus Esprit S1

As far as classic Mercedes Benz stuff, it was a surprisingly light presence at the event’s parking lots. Other than a couple of Pagodas and Heckflosses (one redone in this fantastic, rich plum purple and the other a wagon conversion we’ve featured in past posts regarding the ACP Concours), it was slim pickings. With more modern examples the situation was the same, being noteworthy an SLS convertible with some…bold aesthetic options and a gorgeous beast of an SL65

Mercedes Benz SL230 W113

Mercedes Benz 230SL W113

Mercedes Benz 220 Heckflosse

DSC_0771

Mercedes Benz 200 Heckflosse wagon

Mercedes Benz 200 Heckflosse wagon

Mercedes Benz SLS Convertible

Mercedes Benz SLS Convertible

Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG R230

Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG R230

Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG R230

The Morgan meet brought an army of Plus 8s to the event, but the really fun stuff was a little 3 Wheeler, Brooklands Edition and an Aeromax. Regardless of how you feel about the Aeromax’s looks, this thing is an attention grabber. In a sea of interesting cars, people make a bee line for this without thinking twice. The “here I am, deal with me” attitude that the Aeromax carries with it has undeniable appeal

Morgan 3 Wheeler

Morgan 3 Wheeler Brooklands Edition

Morgan Aeromax

Morgan Aeromax

DSC_0079

Morgan Aeromax

With old British luxury, we barely had the chance to snap a pic of two great looking Bentleys, a T1 and an S2. A true shame there wasn’t the opportunity for more. We had better luck with Rolls Royce, having spent a few minutes checking out a spotless Silver Spur and a fetching Corniche (with bonus Lotus 7 for scale).

Bentley T1

Bentley S2

Rolls Royce Silver Spur

Rolls Royce Silver Spur

Rolls Royce Corniche and Lotus 7

Rolls Royce Corniche and Lotus 7

BMW goodness showed up in the form of an iconic 850i and a drop dead gorgeous topaz blue metallic Z8, a rare car in a rare color

BMW 850i

BMW 850i

BMW Z8

DSC_0854

Still regarding classics, last but for sure not least we loved a 66 Mustang Convertible and an intriguing 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe station wagon. Intriguing because the rear is completely different from what these wagons normally have, so maybe a conversion? A special production model? Let us know if you’ve got info on it. Another sighting that has us wondering was a Suffix A Range Rover, something which on itself is not strange at all, but the funny thing about this particular example was the front grill. Nothing more about it seemed custom or special edition, but the front grill was in a Vantagefield or Wood and Pickett style, something pretty uncommon.

1966 Ford Mustang Convertible

1966 Ford Mustang Convertible

1951 Chevrolet Deluxe Station Wagon

DSC_0849

Range Rover Suffix A

DSC_0333

DSC_0334

Finally, for some modern goodies. Worth mentioning, a neat ZL1 – a rare sight in Europe and a very respectable Camaro in terms or horsepower and performance. Besides the Concours d’Elegance special Aston Martin lawn, a couple of visitors/participants in the event showed up with Astons as well. We barely managed to catch an achingly beautiful DB7 Vantage, but there was also a 2017 (2018 registered) Vantage AMR – an emotional sight, since this is the model’s swan song – and a perfect DBS (a big thank you to the owner of Feathers Motor Sport for being so accommodating and just the nicest person we’ve had the pleasure of meeting at the event). The DBS ended up getting together with a few buddies later on

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Aston Martin DB7 Vantage

DSC_0847

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

Aston Martin DBS

Those DBS buddies we mentioned before were a truly good looking bunch. Between a Ferrari 360 and a 430, an F-Type R, a 997 Turbo, an amazing AMG GT-R and a show stopper McLaren 720S, this small parking area got a whole lot of attention.

Exotics at the Estoril Classics Week 2018

Exotics at the Estoril Classics Week 2018

Ferrari 360

Ferrari 360

Ferrari F430

Ferrari F430

Exotics at the Estoril Classics Week 2018

Jaguar F-Type R

Porsche 997 Turbo

Porsche 997 Turbo

Aston Martin DBS

DSC_0876

Focusing on the last 2 models, the GT-R is the kind of ride that you feel might be too much, too over the top but then you see it live and everything just works. The proportions are right, the bodywork changes look good, the carbon fiber bits and pieces give that little extra something…aesthetically it’s just a very successfully pulled together car. Extremely impressive, fantastic presence, a real treat to behold. The 720S is another example of something that just hits you like a ton of bricks; it really is McLaren going full shock and awe on us. We’re huge fans of the 650S and when the 720S came out last year, we weren’t enthusiastic about how it looked. At all. Boy, has that changed.

AMG GT-R

DSC_0889

AMG GT-R

DSC_0893

McLaren 720S

DSC_0027

DSC_0050

McLaren 720S

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s