Rally de Portugal
Sharing my work experience and photos from Rally of Portugal 2017
When I moved to Portugal last year, I never thought that motorsport would be a passion, as they never had a very big automotive industrial park neither a very talented driver. But as I got to know more about the country and search its automotive history, I was deeply shocked.
The winner of the 1967 edition, a Renault 8 Gordini 1300 driven by Carpinteiro Albino/Silva Pereira
Not only the country records a lot of enthusiasts (and amazing cars), it is home country to some amazing circuits, memorable grand prixes and what has been considered the best rally in the world.
As a fan of Ayrton Senna, I always remembered Portugal for the 1985 Grand Prix
Here in Portugal you often come across a Lancia Delta Integrale
But let's focus on the rally. Firstly it was developed as a championship for TAP personel as part of their sporting and cultural club. As TAP employed more than a thousand workers, the rally quickly got bigger and started to draw more attention. In 1967, the 1º Rali Internacional TAP sets the rally on a new direction and in 1973 it is included as part of the calendar of the world championship. During the 80's it received the (in)famous Group B and at the 1986 edition, the tragedy of Sintra remarked the FIA decision to seek for safer mesures with the public and cars.
The 2017 edition
As I got in contact with the organizers in 2016 and developed a working relationship, I was invited to collaborate with the 2017 Edition. I was responsible for a crew of 40 travelers from around the world to settle in at the Rally Pass facilities. Since I had to stay with them during the stages and had a staff card, I managed to take some interesting pictures, hope you really enjoy!