The race is on – The Portugal News

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By Jake Cleaver,
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30-10-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Algarve Classic Festival, the biggest classic car event in the Iberian Peninsula, is on again at the Autódromo International do Algarve, in Portimão, from 6 to 8 November.

The festival will host 11 European Classic Championships, which will attract some of the best cars and drivers hoping to make the most of the (hopefully) beautiful weather and to enjoy burning their vintage cars around the highly challenging – but also highly rewarding – 3 mile circuit.A particular favourite to lookout for in the Legends Championship is Trevor Stretch.

Trevor is a retired fire officer from the UK who now lives in Coimbra. He’s been into Motorsports for most of his life, ever since his father and brother started racing in the mid 60´s. In the 90’s he competed in the Rallycross, racing Minis and a Vauxhall Corsa and won many races. His last race was in Goodwood in 2003, and after that he decided to hang up his racing helmet.Or so he thought!

Last May he bought a 1998 VW Golf GTI with the intention of getting back into rallying. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions lots of rallies were cancelled. Trevor decided to instead try his luck at Circuit Racing and had his first race in 17 years in Braga in September. Unfortunately, the car had some technical issues and he only managed a few laps.Motorsports, as Trevor says, invariably incur some costs. Luckily Trevor is sponsored by a company from Coimbra called The Art of Speed.

The owner has vast experience running a race team, having run an Alfa in the British Touring Car Championship a few years ago. In tribute to his father in law, author Peter Rimmer, who sadly passed away a few years ago, Trevor will be painting the authors name on the car to continue his legacy and encourage people to keep buying his books.

If you love classic cars and are looking to not only marvel at their stationary elegance, but also to watch them roar into life and use their old horse power to gallop around this highly modern track – then be sure to set this weekend in your diary. And, don’t forget to cheer for Trevor as he races himself back into the game.


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