From Saint Louis
Already without the mist or the persistent drizzle of the first day, and with a spring sun that begins to peek through the clouds, the 104 classic cars that participate since Sunday of the Historic Argentine Grand Prixorganized by the Argentine Automobile Club since 2003, held this Tuesday the second stage of the 1,820-kilometre route along mountain routes and roads of the province of San Luis.
Gone is also the urban route and the turns in the Potrero de los Funes racetracks and the emotions of the pilots for the laps on the Rosendo Hernández track, where just a few hours before the TC had disputed its 11th race of the championship and the first in the Gold Cup. The cars that left the GPH entered the mountain roads this Tuesday to live a day at sheer vertigo on the cornice paths, between curves and countercurves, climbs and slopes with the imposing Pampas mountains of San Luis as a setting.
Were a total of 285 kilometers traveled, starting from Potrero de los Funes towards the Quebrada de los Cóndores, passing through La Punta, then the mountain roads that connect Nogolí with Río Grandeand past noon the mountains that join The Carolina with San Francisco del Monte de Orowith passes through Toro Negro and ending around 4:00 p.m. in the city of San Luis, in front of the tourism department of the San Luis capital, where the cars were received by a crowd.
something similar happened in the town of San Francisco del Monte de Oro, where hundreds of inhabitants came to the town’s main square to enjoy the classic carsgreet and applaud the drivers and their companions, including several women who, little by little, are encouraged to join the great family of Argentine motorsports.
The Rosario Lidia Carrizocompanion of Marcelo Colombi, aboard a Vignale Fiat 1500 coupé from 1967; the Fuegian Silvia Madelairecompanion of Daniel Farias, Peugeot 404 from 1974; Virginia Schmitt from Pilar passenger of Carlos Lareu, BMW 320 of 1981; Y Cecilia Morán from Buenos Aires, daughter and companion of Alberto Morán, aboard a brand new 1940 Chevrolet coupé; They are some of the protagonists of the race that, for the moment, has only one female driver: Paraguayan María del Pilar García Muñozaboard a Volkswagen 1700 from 1969, in whose trunk she proudly wears the pink breast cancer ribbon and a phrase that sums up how women often feel behind the wheel: “go to shit“.
“The people thing is something phenomenal, we see a delivery and a joy everywhere. For me, being able to do this with my old man is everything. He used to do it with my mom, who passed away earlier this year, and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to continue, and here we are, enjoying it together.. My brother accompanied him in almost all the races and in this one he touched me, “says Cecilia Morán, 38, a transporter of special waste.”There are few women in the race, but we are going to be more. Women have to cheer upthis is an environment that is very good, so we are going to have to keep joining in,” he adds.
The The Morán’s 1949 Chevrolet coupé is one of the most beautiful cars in the competition. It stands out for its state of maintenance, for its shiny purple paint and its V8 engine with chrome details. “The truth is that it fills me with pride how my dad is with the carthe amount of time it gives you. And people thank them, because they come, they take photos, they ask us to see the engine, to speed it up, in short, they end up sharing their passion with everyone and that is something very nice“, adds Cecilia, a native of the town of Vicente López.
The This third stage will join this spring Wednesday the town of Potrero de los Funes with Merlowith steps through El Volcán, Saladillo, La Toma, Potrerillo, Las Chacras, Villa de Praga and Villa Larca, for a total of 274 kilometers of route.