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Founders’ Run by Cartrack honoured pioneers of motorsport

Founders’ Run by Cartrack honoured pioneers of motorsport

The Founders’ Run by Cartrack took to the road last weekend about 40 cars and motorcycles. In addition to the strong Portuguese presence, the list of participants included Spanish, Swiss and English participants.

The ride, intended exclusively for pre-war cars and motorcycles (produced until 1939) that celebrates the golden era of motorsport and, simultaneously, the 120 years of the first automobile race of the Iberian Peninsula, had the participation of specimens of various brands, such as Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Hispano-Suiza, Mercedes, Alvis, Riley, MG, Ford, Peugeot, Fiat, Norton, BSA or AJS. Highlights include the participation of the Darracq 12HP Open Tourer, a 120-year-old French-made car, the 1904 Mercedes Simplex Open Tourer and the Felcom, a Portuguese automobile produced in the early 1930s.

On Friday, cars and motorcycles paraded through the city of Figueira da Foz and held a skill test. The route began on Saturday, with a chicane and immediate departure towards Leiria on Wheels, followed by a passage through Alcobaça and ending in Torres Vedras. On Sunday, cars and motorcycles headed south to the gardens of the Casino Estoril, where they were on display to the delight of the public.

As a result of the collaboration with several clubs in the regions where the event took place, about 100 vehicles were involved. The Founders’ Run returns in 2023 for its second edition.

The Founders’ Run by Cartrack is organized by the Caramulo Museum, in partnership with Pre-War Racers Portugal, Portuguese Club of Old Cars, Association of Old Car Clubs of the North, Clube de Automóveis Antigos de Castelo Branco, Old Car Club of Costa Azul and Old Car Club of Figueira da Foz and with the support of Cartrack, Cauny, Center Tourism, BPI – Fundação la Caixa and the municipalities of Figueira da Foz, Leiria, Alcobaça, Torres Vedras and Cascais.