18th Annual The Quail, A Motorcycle Gathering Friday 14th August 2020 - California
Gooding: Pebble Beach Auction Friday 14th August 2020 to Saturday 15th August 2020 - Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, California
RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction Friday 14th August 2020 to Saturday 15th August 2020 - Monterey, California
Masters: Historic Grand Prix Saturday 22nd August 2020 to Sunday 23rd August 2020 - Zolder, Belgium
Salon Prive Tuesday 1st September 2020 to Sunday 6th September 2020 - Blenheim Palace
Concours of Elegance Friday 4th September 2020 to Sunday 6th September 2020 - Hampton Court Palace
Masters: Historic Grand Prix Friday 4th September 2020 to Sunday 6th September 2020 - Zandvoort, Holland
Bonhams: The Beaulieu Sale Saturday 5th September 2020 - National Motor Show, Beaulieu
Goodwood Revival Friday 11th September 2020 to Sunday 13th September 2020 - Goodwood
Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale Saturday 12th September 2020 - Goodwood
The Algarve Classic Festival 2012 was held October 19-21 at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal. Renamed in its fourth year, the Algarve Classic (nee Historic) Festival is regarded by many as the finest historic motorsport event staged in the Iberian Peninsula.
The 2012 running of the Algarve Classic Festival saw a total of nine grids and 14 races on track, with an estimated 175 cars and 300 participants challenging the 18-turn, 2.915 mile Portimao circuit. Rain was the main protagonist for the nine races held during the final day. Yet, despite the adverse conditions, organizers called the Festival was the best in the four years it has been staged at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. Racing classes included JD Classic Challenge, Under 2-liter Touring Cars, Stirling Moss Trophy, GT and Sport Car Cup, Pre-War Sport Cars, Formula Junior, 1000KM, Iberian Gentlemen Drivers and the Campeonato Nacional de Clássicos 1300.
DK attended the event last year and we were happy to once again attend with the BMW 328 which was so popular last year and the MGB. James Cottingham drove both cars extremely well despite the difficult conditions, sharing the MGB with Ecurie Ecosse racer Joe Twyman and the BMW with his father David. The MGB was to fight its way through the GT and Sports Car Cup grid which was 36 cars strong and included AC Cobras and Lightweight E-Types. Astonishingly the MGB finished 12th overall and 1st in class by more than a lap, a testament to hard the work put in by the workshop team to ensure the car's set-up was spot on for such a challenging circuit.
Saturday's dry pre-war race resulted in a second place overall finish for the BMW also gaining class honours after an extremely good drive by David Cottingham. Sunday was very wet indeed and it required James to grab the BMW by the scruff of its neck to shake the car in to 2nd in class and 4th overall. An excellent way to end a seasons racing.
With thanks to Tim Scott and Sports Car Digest