We couldn’t bring the coverage for the 2019 Estoril Classics to a close without the traditional stroll through the parking lots of the event (both at the track and around the Concours d’Elegance). It is extremely tiresome to run around from lot to lot all day but there’s always folks coming and going and there’s a real fear of missing out on seeing something truly unique (which unfortunately always ends up happening). This year, the award for most impressive guest ride belongs undoubtedly to the glorious Iso Grifo which sat just outside the Estoril track for a couple of hours. However it wasn’t the only car that got us sighing; besides some familiar faces from last year (Z8, DBS, Flaminia Convertible, etc), also worth mentioning are the beautiful Series 1 E-Types which popped up here and there, a gorgeous restomoded 911 Targa we fawned over at the Lisbon Classics Salon earlier this year, a rare Wisemann Roadster and many other interesting presences you’ll be able to check out below.
Before moving on to the pictures and in doing so concluding this series of posts, it seems to be a good time to make a general appreciation of the Estoril Classics 2019. As with any event of this nature there’s good and bad, but at it’s core – and minus the Concours d’Elegance which is the most inclusive part of the weekend – the Estoril Classics continues very much to be an event open to the public instead of an event for the public. There is a huge difference between the two and the distinction brings a series of challenges that the event doesn’t need or has any reason to have to deal with. Minor changes would make a world of difference to this weekend and give visitors a pretty unforgettable experience, but the focus would have to change at an organizational level, something we just don’t see happening in the foreseeable future. Plus, the fact that different entities deal with different parts of the event makes it even more prone to issues. For instance, this was the year we’ve had more frustrations with the staff – not all staff members of course, some went above and beyond – but others originated unfortunate situations which got annoyed reactions from guests, something which was perfectly avoidable. Again, the public may and will attend (with growing numbers, reportedly) but the event is, at its core, aimed at a much, much smaller group of people and there lies the main problem. Still, a big thumbs up for the sheer diversity of rides you’d be pressed to find somewhere else.
Speaking of which:
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