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 rally car 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

• 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

Grand Prix of South America 2018

Countries

Date

Day

Cities

To

Kms

HOTELS

Argentina

18-Oct

1

Buenos Aires

Arrive

0

Faena

19-Oct

2

Buenos Aires

Cars

0

Faena

20-Oct

3

Buenos Aires

San Francisco

551

Howard Johnson

21-Oct

4

San Francisco

Cordoba

180

Quorum

22-Oct

5

Cordoba

Catamarca

424

America

23-Oct

6

Catamarca

Salta

532

Sheraton

24-Oct

7

Salta

Salta

20

Sheraton

25-Oct

8

Salta

Huacalera

361

Huacalera/Campo Morado/Tierra Hermosa

                                   Bolivia

26-Oct

9

Huacalera

Uyuni

497

Oasis Blanco/La Magia de Uyuni

27-Oct

10

Uyuni

Uyuni

80

Oasis Blanco/La Magia de Uyuni

28-Oct

11

Uyuni

Huanujato

620

Inca Utama Hotel

29-Oct

12

La Paz

Puno

336

Libertador

Peru

30-Oct

13

Puno

Urubamba

585

Tambo del Inka

31-Oct

14

Urubamba

Urubamba

0

Tambo del Inka

1-Nov

15

Urubama

Ayacucho

337

Hotel Riviera/Hotel Sevilla

2-Nov

16

Ayacucho

Huancayo

433

TBA

3-Nov

17

Huancayo

Huanuco

430

Gran Huanaco Hotel

4-Nov

18

Huanaco

Huaraz

308

San Sebastian/Andino

5-Nov

19

Huaraz

Trujillo

250

Libertador

6-Nov

20

Trujillo

Piura

491

Wyndham

7-Nov

21

Piura

Loja

380

Roar Hotel/Grand Victoria

Ecuador

8-Nov

22

Loja

Cuenca

385

Four Points by Sheraton

9-Nov

23

Cuenca

Cuenca

0

Four Points by Sheraton

10-Nov

24

Cuenca

Quito

450

JW Marriott

Colombia

11-Nov

25

Quito

Pasto

378

Cuellars

12-Nov

26

Pasto

Cali

440

Intercontinental

13-Nov

27

Cali

Cali

0

Intercontinental

14-Nov

28

Cali

Medellin

485

Intercontinental

15-Nov

29

Medellin

Monteria

455

GHL Monteria

16-Nov

30

Monteria

Cartagena

305

Conrad

17-Nov

31

Cartagena

Cartagena

0

Conrad

18-Nov

32

Cartagena

0

Depart

9,713

20 Driving days
8 Rest days
2 days at start
1 day at end
32 Days in total

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. Harry Jurgens & Thomas Weichenberger    1925 Buick Standard Six
  2. Andrew Davies & Paul Dilley    1929 Chrysler 75
  3. Martin Egli, Thomas Kern & Marc Buhofer    1933 Lagonda M45
  4. Daniel & Rabbia Schlatter –  1938 Chevrolet Coupe. 
  5. Michael & Sean McInerney    1940 Ford Coupe
  6. Peter Pollet & Alexander de Groot –  1946 Bentley Special Racing Green
  7. Paul Michael & John Wakeman – 1964 Triumph TR4 
  8. Hans Ulrich Wartenweiler & Jean Christophe Gyr – 1965 Volvo Amazon
  9. Gerd Buehler & Armin Gottfried Knuepfing –  1972 Porsche 911 Coupe
  10. Gerold Letzbor & Wolfgang Noelscher – 1972 Ford RS 2000 Mk1
  11. Christian Trierenberg & Gerd A Mirtl    1973 Ford Escort RS 2000
  12. Werner & Giovanna Meier    Nissan Frontier NP300
  13. Arnold & Melanie Meier    Toyota Land Cruiser 
  14. Mario & Catherine Illien –  Toyota Land Cruiser
  15. Doris & Freddie Specogna    Toyota Land Cruiser
  16. Jack Aimes & Hector McGowan – Support –  1941 Dodge Caryall Power Wagon
  17. Josef Pointinger & Ernst Rohringer – Support –  1990 Mercedes 300GE

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