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The Great South American Challenge

February 14 to March 24 2013

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In February 2013 we took 29 crews to South America for a truly epic endurance rally, the Great South American Challenge, which encompassed five outstanding countries on a route of more than 15,000 kilometres. If you were only ever going to visit South America once, then this was surely the way to do it, visiting all the best places on the continent.

From Rio de Janeiro the rally took the participants to the spectacular Iguacu Falls in Brazil, along uncharted routes through Bolivia and on to the amazing Uyuni salt flats. From there we made our way to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, and thence to Lake Titicaca, Cusco and the astonishing Machu Picchu in Peru. Heading south, we moved on to some of the driest places in the world, including the fantastic Atacama desert with its spectacular geysers and the clearest night skies in the world, where the Milky Way appears to be a solid mass of stars!

We climbed the Andes up to 4,800 metres and then drove down one of the most spectacular routes into Salta. From here the wine regions of Argentina and wide open spaces of Patagonia beckoned. Memorable sights included the great Perito Moreno glacier, the wonderful town of Bariloche and one of South America’s greatest hotels, the Llao Llao.

Finally our six-week adventure arrived in the world’s most southerly city, Usuhaia, from where you may look out over the Beagle Strait and feel the chill winds blowing up from the Antarctic. Here at this time of year you will find penguins and sealions, seabirds and tranquillity – a truly wonderful place to finish a great event, and to congratulate the overall rally winners, father and son Max and James Stephenson in their lovely 1923 Vauxhall 23/60.

All good things must come to an end, they say, but we very much hope to return to South America in future. If you wish to join us, please register your interest with the Rally Round office.

“We are delighted to have won The Great South American Challenge. It included so many South American highlights, joined together by brilliant driving roads through ever-changing landscapes, and the best available accommodation where we could rest and re-live the day’s excitement with our fellow participants.”

Max & James Stephenson (1923 Vauxhall 23/60) – Winners, The Great South American Challenge 2013

“We would like to express our gratitude for the great time we had on the South American Challenge. We will never forget these six wonderful weeks full of spirit, fun, a little competition and impressive routes. It was a unique experience for which we would like to thank every member of the team. We would have loved to continue with you all the way back from Ushuaia to Rio!”

Andreas Pohl & Robert Peil (1962 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE) – The Great South American Challenge 2013

“Thanks for providing such a wonderful adventure! This was one of the best trips of my life. I will always remember the route, the people and the landscapes – all out of this world. It was an opportunity to strengthen old friendships and make new ones while dealing with the daily challenges on the road, and I enjoyed myself all the way. It was certainly the very best rally I have had the privilege of participating in.”

Martin Egli (1933 Lagonda M45) – The Great South American Challenge 2013

“What a great trip! Please convey our thanks to everyone on the team for making it such a memorable adventure, with fantastic roads, incredible scenery, top hotels and entertaining company, all accompanied by copious quantities of beer and steak – what more could one wish for? We look forward to doing it again!”

Mark Seymour & Chris Evans (1928 Ford Model A) – The Great South American Challenge 2013

“This was the best rally around South America, going to all the right places – my dream route!”
Paddy Walker (1937 Buick Series 4 Coupe) – The Great South American Challenge 2013

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The Great South American Challenge 2013 Entry List

1David Ayre (GBR)Karen Ayre (GBR)1907 Itala 40HPA
2Ralf Weiss (DEU)Kurt Schneiders (DEU)1923 Austin 20A
3Bill Bolsover (GBR)Biddy Bolsover (GBR)1927 Bentley 3/8 LitreA
4Chris Evans (GBR)Mark Seymour (GBR)1928 Ford Model AA
5Steven Harris (USA)Hayden Burvill (AUS)1964 Porsche 356C
6Fritz James (USA)Lang Wightman (USA)1929 Ford Model AT
7Adrian Shooter (GBR)Barbara Shooter (GBR)1930 Ford Model AA
8Peter Little (GBR)Louise Cartledge (GBR)1930 Bentley 4.5 LitreB
9Mark Winkelman (NLD)Victor Silveira da Conceicao (PRT)1932 Plymouth PB3B
10Martin Egli (CHE)Thomas Kern, Marc Buhofer & Jack Amies (CHE/GBR)1933 Lagonda M45B
11James Stephenson (AUS)Max Stephenson (AUS)1923 Vauxhall 23/60A
12Paddy Walker (GBR)Scott Greenhalgh (GBR)1937 Buick Series 40 CoupeB
14Lloyd Dahmen (USA)Chuck Schwager (USA)1949 Cadillac 62 CoupeB
15Roger Goodwin (GBR)Gillian Goodwin (GBR)1958 Austin-Healey 100-6D
16Lloyd Reddington (CAN)Treacy Reddington (CAN)1959 Sunbeam AlpineC
17Daniel Schlatter (CHE)Rabia Schlatter (CHE)1960 Mercedes-Benz 280SLD
18Andreas Pohl (DEU)Robert Peil (DEU)1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SED
19Nicholas Pryor (GBR)Lesley Stockwell (GBR)1962 Volvo PV544C
20Frank Bird (AUS)Ross Oakman (AUS)1964 Holden EHE
21Mark Robinson (GBR)Yvonne Fuller (GBR)1966 Jaguar S-TypeE
22Marc Buchanan (USA)Charles Green (USA)1967 Ford MustangE
23Dr Jose Romao de Sousa (PRT)Maria Romao de Sousa (PRT)1968 Volvo 142SC
24Reg Toohey (AUS)Tony Spanjers (AUS)1968 Chevrolet CamaroE
25Steve Hyde (GBR)Janet Lyne (GBR)1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SLD
26Herbert Pinzolits (AUT)Hans Geist (AUT)1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SED
27Ralph Cotter (USA)Liza Cotter (USA)1970 Peugeot 404C
28Roger Allen (AUS)Maggie Gray (AUS)1971 BMW 2800CSD
29Jorg Lemberg (DEU)Antonio Cardoso, Peter Schmidt, Maic Laubrich (DEU)1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEE
30Patrick van Griethuysen (NLD)Louise Peters (NLD)1984 Citroen GSAT


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On arrival at Rio de Janeiro airport you will be met and transported to your hotel. The rest of your day is free for you to explore one of the world’s great cities. Please join us and the rest of the crews for a drinks party in the evening.

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