Os impactos sócio-económicos dos eventos automobilísticos nos locais de acolhimento

  • Evandro João da Silva Machado Brandão Baía (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Motor sports in Portugal, is a type of activity, cherished among the Portuguese of allages, enthusiasts or not, in addition to the importance they have internationally, the investigation of the host location of these competitions brings to the top, a new look on these places, a positive note when it comes to attracting tourism and with it the creation of new jobs, higher economic revenue, as well as the elevation and recognition of the latter. Since the birth of the automobile, that is, since the invention of the combustion engine,the car has gone through many adversities when facing the means of transport of choice at the time in the late nineteenth century, the horse, since it was, a means of transportation more widespread than the automobile.Since the first motor sport events we saw the beginning of experience and search for new methods to make this invention viable, even today, highlighting some events always with the emphasis on the perspective of Portugal, it was in the world of motor sports that the concept of the horseless carriage was refined and perfected.Within the plenitude of events that take place in Portugal only two events will be considered, both belonging to the international mountain championship organized bythe FPAK (Federação Portuguesa de Automobilismo e Karting), since, in the scope of a more concise and more concentrated approach, where this sample certainly doesn't represent the Portuguese motor sport in its entirety it manages however to summarize and show in these "small" events the general panorama of motor sport in a broadervision, being these events the core of the research in question. The purpose of this research encompasses two distinct events, although belonging to the same category, both highly prestigious and with a huge potential that can be explored in even more detail and therefore bringing out more positive results from these two events, raising them to a higher level than the one they reside: the Falperra Hillclimb and the Caramulo Hillclimb, both of which are part of the European and National Mountain Championships. Os impactos sócio-económicos dos eventos automóveis nas comunidades locais 14 The Falperra Hillclimb is an internationally renowned event that has its origins in the 1920's (1927), it started as an amateur competition in its first editions until 1960, when it was organized by ACP (Automobile Club of Portugal). In 1976 it became part of the National Championship, and in 1984 two races were organized, one for the National Championship and the other for the European Championship, counting from that year on for both categories.With numerous television appearances until 2001, the year of the last hill climb, until its eventual reopening in 2010, this event received even more media attention, especially with the holding of the Masters of Hillclimb in this year of 2021.The second event, the Caramulo Hillclimb, starts its history in 1979, when its first edition took place in the Caramulo mountain range. It has been an event that has already more than 40 years of existence, with some obstacles, especially when this event was closed between 1993 and 2006, year in which it was reopened by an invitation made by Museum of Caramulo to Targa Club, which now assumes with merit this beautiful event that winds the roads to the mountain top, being this also the stage of Caramulo Motor festival, assumed and directed by the museum that resides there.Key interviews were made due to the fact that the doors opened by the people who are directly involved in this type of activity allows for the acquisition of primary data and,in this way, a more concrete vision of points that may not be discriminated in groups where, even if there is a percentage of people who are updated on the event information,do not have a vast knowledge on certain aspects that only those involved in the organization of these events may provide, such as facts related to specifications, funds for institutions, sponsors, contracts with television channels.This method was also privileged because it allows to contact with the organizing entitiesthat other qualitative or quantitative research methods would not generate the sameimpact or the same emphasis, since this method allows a more exhaustive and accurateassessment of the entire history of these events, which accumulates over the editions that are held every year. The questionnaires were used to ask the general population how these events affect the hosting grounds where they take place as well as the neighbouring populations, to evaluate how the local economy moves when they take place and what revenue they Os impactos sócio-económicos dos eventos automóveis nas comunidades locais generate in the local communities, not only for those visiting in national territory but also for those coming from abroad.
Date of Award25 Jan 2023
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorEmese Panyik (Supervisor)


  • Mestrado em Comunicação Digital

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