Bespoke Rallies, a British company that organises classic rallies all over the world, is offering classic rally drivers the unique opportunity to follow in the wheel-tracks of none-other-than five times World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, by contesting the inaugural re-run of ‘the greatest ever road race’ – the Grand Prix of South America.
Exactly 70 years to the minute after the start of the famous 1948 event, the crews will leave Buenos Aires at midnight on 20 October 2018 on an 30-day challenge. It will take them 10 000km through the wilds of Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, shadowing the original route as closely as possible.
The original race resulted in an epic battle between Fangio in a Chevrolet Master and the Gálvez brothers aboard Ford V8s. Ultimately none of them won – Fangio crashed out on the 1 322km-long seventh stage, while Juan Gálvez succumbed to an accident on the very last one, and his brother to disqualification for receiving outside assistance following a breakdown. The victor was a surprised Domingo Marimon.
Bespoke Rallies Director John Brigden says, “We are very excited about recreating some of the magic of that legendary event, which is still widely regarded as the greatest road race of all time, and we are receiving full co-operation from all the countries involved, which are as keen as we are to witness the re-enactment.”
Entries flowing thick and fast
Officially launched at an in-depth briefing at the Brooklands Museum on 20 October, this event has understandably captured the imagination of the international classic rally fraternity, and entries are flowing thick and fast. At present there are still a few places available at the special ‘early bird’ rate, but they are not expected to last for long, so anybody wishing to take advantage of the related discount is advised to contact the organisers as soon as possible. Further details are available at www.bespokerallies.com.
Other events cheduled by Bespoke Rallies include:
Cuba Classic Rally – January 2018
The 3rd Maya Classic Rally – February 2018
The Highland 1000 – May 2018
The Pyrenees 1000 – September 2018
The Grand Prix of South America – October 2018
Wild Borneo – May 2019
Magical Madagascar – June 2019