Vintage Cape Horn 2013

An epic 6,000 kilometre adventure drive from Buenos Aires to Cape Horn through Argentina and Chile.

Day 13 - Los Antiguos

After the reroute caused by the Chilean border officials strike we found ourselves with time in our hands today in the cherry growing capital of Argentina. We're told that the area has a micro climate suitable for this sort of farming and god knows there's plenty of water. Locals tell us that the Lago Buenos Aires is the second largest lake in South America.

Danny Day is involved with soft fruits professionally so he felt right at home and spent time touring the town.

Our gallant sweep crews actually only get half a day off on a rest day so Rob Kitchen, Tony Jones and Andy Inskip found themselves back under the usual suspects this morning.

Paul Merryweather had commissioned a local repair shop to make him a steel sump guard for the Mercedes which left the sweeps the fairly simple task of attaching it to the car.

Charles Menteth's problem with his 1924 Vauxhall 30/98 was a little more serious though and explains why he looked a little glum over breakfast. As reported yesterday he came in on the end of Andy Inskip's tow rope late last night with an 'engine problem', but by lunch time he was in a much brighter mood. It wasn't a faulty head gasket or an ignition problem which he'd feared rather it was a relatively simple but unusual fuel feeding problem flooding the engine with too much petrol. Messrs Jones and Inskip looked as relieved as he did.

Some of the Rally missed the rest day in Los Antiguos completey, they pulled out early to get some miles under their belt and spend two consecutive days in El Calafate. The rest of us will be joining them tomorrow and then we'll all be back on the same schedule.

Fred Fangio



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