There is a car from 25 de Abril circulating on the roads of the Algarve

A different and exuberant way to celebrate 50 years of the Carnation Revolution


If one of these days you come across, on a road or street in the Algarve, a black Mercedes, from 1974, decorated with carnations, G3 rifles (in wood), two Portuguese flags, several phrases in letters cut out in red, green and yellow and still photographs from the time, know that all of this is a way for Rogério Pinto, retired professor and former president of the Chamber of Silves, to pay a personal tribute to the 25th of April.

«On the one hand, I have photos of the 16th of March, the Caldas revolt, which was a few days before and already announced what was coming. On the other, I have photographs from April 25, 1974, with Salgueiro Maia and Otelo highlighted», shows Rogério Pinto, next to his “revolutionary” car.

“If they call me crazy, let them do so!”, he told the Sul Informação. «But this is my way of paying homage to the 50th anniversary of the 25th of April, a date that was very important for all of us!», he added.

Rogério Pinto, who has a collection of classic cars, mostly from North American brands, and is one of those responsible for meeting of old cars that usually takes place in Armação de Pera (where he lives), on the first Sunday of every month, he said that his Mercedes was a taxi in Praia do Carvoeiro and then in Monchique, «but it's still very good, they're engines that never run out».

The social democrat Rogério Pinto, who was president of the Chamber of Silves de November 2012 to October 2013, was one of the guests at a gathering with former mayors of Silva and the current mayor, which took place last night.

The gathering, organized by the Group of Friends of Silves, also included former presidents José Viola (CDU) and Francisco Matos (PS), as well as the current person responsible for the Chamber, Rosa Palma (CDU).


Photos: Elisabete Rodrigues | Sul Informação


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