Competition Legends

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Competition Legends

Exhibition Type
Temporary Exhibition
14 Jun 2014
— 25 Jan 2015

Opened on June 14, 2014, the temporary exhibition “Lendas da Competição” (Legends of Competition- History and Speed) is devoted to the great models, which have made history in automobile racing in Portugal and abroad.

Here you will find 20 racing cars, encompassing eight decades of history, from the 1930’s to the present time. Among them, there is the 1930’s Bugatti 35B, the car with most victories in the history of competition, and the 1991 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V, with which the pilot Didier Auriol won the World Championship. The exhibition’s line-up also includes veterans of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as cars that were manufactured in Portugal and were part of the golden era of national racing in the 1950’s. You will also be able to know the 1960’s and 1970’s single-seaters and the rallying cars from the 1960’s until today.

The many victories, the technical innovation and the pilots at the wheel, enact, in the background, the story of each car, which is now recreated and brought to the public, through a set of historical and original racing items, such as posters, gloves, suits, helmets and trophies, belonging to national or international pilots. As a plus, there’s a collection of posters depicting the relationship between motorsports and cinema.

Another aspect that will certainly surprise the visitor is the aesthetical component of the show, designed to carry the visitor to the atmosphere of racing from the 1930’s to the present, showing its evolution over time. Not even the exhibition poster was left to chance. It was especially commissioned for this exhibition and created by renowned German artist Markus Haub.

For posterity, the exhibition’s official catalogue, featuring the history of each car, as well as historical photographs, some of them unpublished until now.

This exhibition has the sponsorship of the Banco BPI, Câmara Municipal de Tondela, da EDC – Associação de Eventos do Caramulo and Jornal dos Clássicos.