Porsche 356s storm historic Portuguese coast

| 3 Jun 2014

More than 200 Porsche 356s made the journey to Portugal for the 39th International Meeting from 29 May to 1 June. The four-day tour took in some of the most picturesque and historically significant towns of Portugal's west coast, including the seaside resort of Cascais and the UNESCO-protected Sintra. Our man on the ground, Mario Laguna, was there.

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Amanda Hall plants a flag at Cascais fortress

The group first gathered at the Estoril Formula 1 circuit, then drove to the famous casino before setting off for the Cascais fortress the following day, a flat-four chorus echoing off its walls during the drive into town. While locals admired the cars, the participants had the chance to exchange stories of their journeys over a selection of local seafood.

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Californian Speedster cruises picturesque Portuguese roads

All body styles and model years were represented on the trip, from Speedsters to Carreras and Coupés. President of Porsche Club Portugal, Jose Guedes, noted that, while crews had travelled from as far afield as South Africa, Canada, California and Florida, he was happy to welcome the tour's first Australian entry, John Walker and his 1957 T1 Coupé.

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The tour lines up at the walls of the fortress

As ever, the Belgian contingent was especially strong with no fewer than 40 cars making the journey, while three crews had set off from Luxembourg and a dozen  cars were driven from Spain.

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Beautiful roadster made the trip from Spain

Each car in the event was allocated a number, starting with the oldest model and finishing with the youngest. The number one was proudly worn by Francisco Martin's 1951 pre-A Coupé, which had sadly lost some of its original features during restoration, including its split windscreen. Next in line was "OPEL 1", owned by German Ernst Kruger, while the people's favourite, a 1952 pre-A Swedish cabriolet, wore the number three.

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Britain was well represented by Amanda Hall's 1952 model and Hendrik Moulds' 1953 car, both cabriolets.

Fittingly, the Guardia Nacional Republicana escorted the convoy in a Porsche 356, which was emblazoned with the crest of the local constabulary.

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Arrival at Los Jeronimos

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The oldest car of the show was this 1951 pre-A

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"OPEL 1" is well known in Porsche circles

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Guardia Nacional Republicana kept a close eye on proceedings

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Split screen pre-A cabriolet was the people's favourite