A 1938 Chevrolet “Fangio” Coupe reigned supreme on the Endurance Rally Association’s Rally of the Incas, an exciting 27-day adventure exploring the fantastic terrain and equally stunning scenery across 9,981 kilometers or 6,200 miles of South America.
Americans Chuck and Pam Lyford lifted the trophy for the Vintageant category after starting from Buenos Aires on Sunday, November 13, and journeying through Argentina, Chile and Peru, finishing in Lima on Friday December 9.
The winning duo are no strangers to the podium in this neck of the woods, having taken the win in the ERA’s Vintage Cape Horn Rally in 2013, way down in snowy Ushuaia.
The Classics division was won by Belgium’s Joost Van Cauwenberg and Christine De Landtsheer in the 1973 Porsche 911. For Joost, this win was more sweet after a difficult London – Cape Town in 2012, a bravura performance on the Road to Mandalay and a disappointing Peking to Paris run. Along with his wife Christine, Joost took an early lead in his Porsche 911, held onto it in a cool, calm and gentlemanly way and was understandably delighted with his win. This was the first time he’d visited South America and he said, “the event has been a great one both in terms of the route and the competition.”
Around 45 crews competed on the Rally of the Incas, exploring parts of the region that had never been discovered by the Endurance Rally Association before, including the Valdez Peninsula and the High Andes.