About 25 kilometers westwards of Lisbon, directly on the sandy coast of the Atlantic, lies the small town of Cascais. In September, Cascais hosted one of the largest classic car events on the Iberian Peninsula. Around 30,000 visitors had the opportunity to gaze at around 700 classic vehicles in a parade through the city and a rally. Some vehicles entered the competition at the Concours D’Elegance.
The field of participants was presented by a big variaty. US cruisers from several decades, Mercedes Benz models and some Italian rarities dominated the Concours field. One of the special fields was dedicated to the history of Lancia. Some really rare copies of the marque were on display in this special field and impressed the jury. The class winner was a chocolate brown Lancia Lambda, which received the coveted “Best of Show. The Lancia Lambda from the seventh series also convinced by its exceptional patina, since he is in an original and unrestored condition. The public prize went to an Edfor from 1937 produced in Portugal. In the “Boxer Spirit” class, the owner of a Volkswagen Type 21 built in 1950 was able to take home the winner’s trophy in his class. The most beautiful German model was a Mercedes Benz 190 SL and the Cadillac 61 Coupé from 1941 was chosen as the ultimate US exhibit. the impressive ISO Grifo “Penthouse” was chosen as an absolute favorite from the 70s.
The ACP rally was also part of the Cascais Classic Motorshow. 65 teams participated in the historic regularity rally that led to Sintra and Mafra. Winner of this sporty and demanding rally was the team Nuno Serrano and Alexandre Berardo in the Peugeot 205 GTI. But prewar vehicles up to 1930 also participated in this rally. Winner in this class was also a Lancia Lambda. A beautiful roadster that once belonged to the 2nd Earl of Vizela.
The highlight of the event was the parade through the city, which took place on Sunday in Cascai. Over 600 vehicles took part in this parade and were hailed as they drove through the city. The closed streets were like a big folk festival. Everywhere there were catering stalls, live music and contemporary extras. Several jazz and entertainment concerts provided the perfect background.