THE GRAND PRIX OF SOUTH AMERICA

COMPETITION/TOURING/ENDURO
OCTOBER 18 TO NOVEMBER 17, 2018

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It was hailed as the greatest road race of its age and attracted such star driving legends as Fangio and the Galvez brothers to compete for 10,000kms over just 14 days for the glory of winning The Grand Prix of South America.

THE HISTORY

The one and only running of The Grand Prix of South America was in 1948. It started at midnight in Buenos Aires, Argentina and finished just two weeks late in Caracas, Venezuela. In essence it was a road race!  It attracted the South American masters of the day including Juan Manuel Fangio, acknowledged as one of the greatest racing drivers ever. Fangio in his Chevrolet Master was in the top five but was chasing Oscar Galvez’s Ford V8 which was a front runner all the way, swapping stage wins with his brother Juan in a similar car.

Fangio was heading for disaster on Stage 7, but before that we was to win stage 5 from La Paz to Arequipa. At the same time a real Knight of the Road was emerging in the form of Eusabio Marcilla who was dubbed El Caballero del Camino for his selfless acts of rescuing competitors when they got into trouble on the road. We will also be recognising our own Knight of the Road in the 2018 event.

He was the person who came to the aid of Fangio on the 1322km Stage 7 when his car slipped off the edge and disappeared down a 200 metre drop. Marcilla was in contention all the way and would probably have had a top two or three finish if he had ignored the plight of his fellow competitors.

With Juan and Oscar Galvez now clear of their main rivals they continued to swap stages through Tumbes, Quito, Pasto, Cali, Bogota, Cucuta and Valera before the final run into Caracas.

It is still regarded as the greatest road race ever and one that deserves a re-run in cars of the period. 

In 2018 we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of this great event with a new Grand Prix of South America which will follow the original route where possible. Where the roads are new we will find the old and where they have been covered in tarmac we will look for dirt.

This competitive event will start at midnight in Buenos Aires (just as the original event did) and will run north to Salta and into Bolivia. Once over the border we cross the high plains to the great salt flats at Uyuni. The roads we select are very much the same as they were in 1948 when the cars scrabbled over the gravel on these challenging stages.

From Bolivia the route is modified to run to Cusco along the east side of Lake Titicaca, then through the Andes before dropping down to Trujillo.

After Trujillo we are once again on the historic route with minor changes to ensure we find some of the more interesting roads and sections. We enter Ecuador just after Tumbes which saw Fangio crash out in 1948.

After Quito we enter Colombia for five intensive days of driving on magnificent roads before arriving at Cartagena  in the north of Colombia. At the time of going to press it was impossible to go into Venezuela due to the political and economic situation there.

We make no secret that this will be rough and tough in places and it will certainly test man and machine but it will be an incredible experience for all who take part. Join us for an amazing event.

But drama was unfolding as the cars sped towards the finishing line. Juan Galvez was involved in an accident on the last stage leaving the prize open to his brother, only for him to breakdown within sight of the finishing line. As he was pushing the car towards the chequered flag a spectator joined in which resulted in this being classified as receiving outside assistance and a disqualification!

The spoils then when to the surprised Domingo Marimon, nicknamed Toscanito, because of his habit of always smoking a Tuscan cigar. He had driven a steady race and was rewarded for his cautious approach.

The rally covered nearly 10,000kms, visited Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela and attracted crowds of millions along the way.

THE SCHEDULE

We arrive on Thursday evening or Friday morning at our base in Pamplona. Scrutineering is from 08.00 on Friday after which there is morning coffee before the start.

With plenty of daylight hours at this time of year there is no night driving. Navigation will be by Tulip roadbook and maps, with some interesting tests thrown in. There will be stops for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. On Friday we drive the Southern Pyrenees to Andorra. On Saturday there will be an early start to drive the northern side of the Pyrenees and follow the foothills to near Pau. On Sunday, we cross the Pyrenees for a great finish in the main square in Pamplona.

• Re-enactment of a famous event
• Third party Insurance
• Welcome party
• Hotels and breakfasts
• Most evening meals
• Gala Dinner
• Our experienced team
• Basic mechanical support
• Our own medics
• Tulip Roadbook & GPS
• Photographer & Videographer
• Rally Plates
• The Andes
• Uyuni Salt Flats
• Great Roads
• Historic event

Countries

Date

Day

Cities

To

Kms

Argentina

18-Oct

1

Buenos Aires

Arrive

0

19-Oct

2

Buenos Aires

Cars

0

20-Oct

3

Buenos Aires

San Francisco

551

21-Oct

4

San Francisco

Cordoba

240

22-Oct

5

Cordoba

Catamarca

424

23-Oct

6

Catamarca

Salta

532

24-Oct

7

Salta

Salta

20

25-Oct

8

Salta

Huacalera

361

Bolivia

26-Oct

9

Huacalera

Uyuni

497

27-Oct

10

Uyuni

Uyuni

80

28-Oct

11

Uyuni

La Paz

620

29-Oct

12

La Paz

Puno

336

Peru

30-Oct

13

Puno

Urubamba

585

31-Oct

14

Urubamba

Urubamba

0

1-Nov

15

Urubama

Andahuaylas

337

2-Nov

16

Andahuaylas

Huancayo

433

3-Nov

17

Huancayo

Huarez

632

4-Nov

18

Huaraz

Trujillo

308

5-Nov

19

Trujillo

Trujillo

0

6-Nov

20

Trujillo

Piura

491

7-Nov

21

Piura

Loja

313

Ecuador

8-Nov

22

Loja

Cuenca

253

9-Nov

23

Cuenca

Cuenca

0

10-Nov

24

Cuenca

Quito

464

Colombia

11-Nov

25

Quito

Pasto

378

12-Nov

26

Pasto

Cali

440

13-Nov

27

Cali

Cali

0

14-Nov

28

Cali

Medellin

485

15-Nov

29

Medellin

Monteria

455

16-Nov

30

Monteria

Cartagena

305

17-Nov

31

Cartagena

0

Accommodation
Each night you will have hotel accommodation with breakfast included. Most evening meals are also included.

Back-up
We aim to keep man and machine together so provide basic mechanical first aid as well as a medic for those little ailments. If you require servicing and comprehensive mechanical back up we strongly suggest you bring your own or share a mechanics van.

Vehicles
All roads have been recced and the route is completely open. However, many roads are graded rather than tarmac – this can vary from very slow and rough to fast and flowing dirt. With this in mind we suggest you prepare your car carefully in order to reach the end of the event successfully. In the Touring class we accept 4x4s.

Climate
It goes without saying that although we are going at the best time of year, it is still a hot and sticky environment and you should be prepared for rain, heat and dust.

  1. Gerold Letzbor & Wolfgang Noelscher – 1972 Ford RS 2000 Mk1
  2. Christian Trierenberg & Gerd A Mirtl    1973 Ford Escort RS 2000
  3. Gerd Buehler & Armin Gottfried Knuepfing    1972 Porsche 911 Coupe
  4. Hans Ulrich Wartenweiler & Jean Christophe Gyr – 1965 Volvo Amazon
  5. Harry Jurgens & Thomas Weichenberger    1925 Buick Standard Six
  6. Paul Michael & John Wakeman – 1964 Triumph TR4 
  7. Marc Buchanan & TBA – 1967 Ford Mustang
  8. Michael & Sean McInerney    1940 Ford Coupe
  9. Augustin & Salvador Reyes    1965 Ford Mustang
  10. Andrew Davies & Paul Dilley    1929 Chrysler 75
  11. Daniel & Rabbia Schlatter – 1938 Chevrolet Coupe. 
  12. Martin Egli, Thomas Kern & Marc Buhofer    1933 Lagonda M45
  13. Peter Pollet & Alexander de Groot –  1946 Bentley Special Racing Green
  14. Matthew Telling & William Keogh – 1951 Bentley Mk VI
  15. James Tuttiett & David Nicholson
  16. Angus Stamper & Numerous
  17. William Medcalf & TBA
  18. Stein Johnsen & TBA
  19. Matt Peckham & TBA
  20. Paul Dalton
  21. Jo Robillard
  22. Joao Baptista
  23. Martin Button
  24. Werner & Giovanna Meier    Nissan Frontier NP300
  25. Arnold & Melanie Meier    Toyota Land Cruiser 
  26. Mario & Catherine Illien    Toyota Land Cruiser
  27. Doris & Freddie Specogna
  28. Aaron Hooper

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