“James and I have just completed and won the Great South American Challenge Rally. The route that was chosen for the rally included a lot of South Americas highlights joining together by the most brilliant driving roads where the landscape and scenery changed daily. This was topped off with the best available accommodation each night to rest up and relive the days excitement with fellow rally participants.”
Max and James Stephenson:
Winners of The Great South American Challenge 2013- Vauxhall 23/60 1923
“We would like to express our gratitude for the great time we had during the South-American Rally. We will never forget these six wonderful weeks full of spirit, fun, a little competition and impressive routes and countries. The selected accommodation was very convenient and clean.”
“It was a unique experience for which we would like to thank all the members of the organisation team. We would have very much enjoyed continuing the tour all the way back from Ushuaia to Rio with you.”
Andreas Pohl & Robert Peil: 1962 Mercedes 220 SE- Participants of The Great South American Rally 2013
“First of all let me thank the entire HH Team for all your great efforts to provide such a wonderful adventure! This was one of the best trips I have ever made in my life. I will always remember the routes, people and landscapes – all out of this world. Furthermore It was an opportunity to strengthen existing, and create new friendships while dealing the daily challenges on the road. 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- Participant of The Great South American Challenge 2013
“What a great trip- please will you pass on Chris and my thanks to David, Simon, John and everyone on the H&H team for making it such a memorable adventure: Fantastic roads, incredible scenery, top hotels and entertaining company with everything washed down by copious quantities of beer and a lot of steak; what more could one have wished for. We very much look forward to doing it again!”
Mark Seymour & Chris Evans: 1928 Ford Model A- Participants of The Great South America 2013
“This is the best rally route around South America, going to all the right places, this was my dream route”.
Paddy Walker: 1937 Buick Series 4 Coupe- Participant of The Great South American Rally 2013
In February the team headed for South America for a truly epic rally, the Great South American Challenge 2013, which encompassed five outstanding countries over 15,000 kilometres. Twenty nine cars started in Rio de Janeiro on one of the world’s true endurance events. If you were only going to South America once, then this route visited all the best places on the continent.
The rally took the participants to the spectacular Iguacu Falls in Brazil, through uncharted routes in Bolivia to the amazing Uyuni salt flats. From there the rally made its way to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, and on to Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru. Heading south the cars moved on to some of the driest places in the world, including the fantastic Atacama desert, its spectacular guessers and the clearest night skies in the world. Who would have guessed that Milky Way was an almost solid block of stars!
We climbed the Andes up to 4,800 metres and then down one of the most spectacular routes into Salta and our first taste of Argentina. From here the wine regions of Argentina and wide open spaces of Patagonia beckoned. Sights included the great Perito Moreno glacier, the wonderful town of Bariloche and one of South America’s greatest hotels, the Llao Llao.
Finally the six week event arrived in the world’s most southerly city, Usuhaia where you can look out over the Beagle Strait towards the Antarctic and feel the chill winds heading north. Here at this time of year you will find Penguins and Sea Lions, sea birds and tranquillity – a truly wonderful place to finish a great event.
And the winner is….The first winner of the Great South American Challenge was the father and son team of Max and James Stephenson in their wonderful 1923 Vauxhall 23/60.
All good things come to an end they say, but this is not the end for the Great South American Rally which will be returning in October/November 2015. Book now if you don’t want to be disappointed.
|Car No.||Drivers Name||Co. Drivers Name||Class||Make of Car||Model||Country|
|1||David Ayre||Karen Ayre||A||1907 Itala||40 HP||British|
|2||Ralf weiss||Kurt Schneiders||A||1923 Austin||20||German|
|3||Bill Bolsover||Biddy Bolsover||A||1927 Bentley||3/8 litre||British|
|4||Chris Evans||Mark Seymour||A||1928 Ford||Model A||British|
|5||Steven Harris||Hayden Burvill||C||1964 Porsche||356||USA /Australian|
|6||Fritz James||Lang Wightman||T||1929 Ford||Model A||USA|
|7||Adrian Shooter||Barbara Shooter||A||1930 Ford||Model A||British|
|8||Peter Little||Louise Cartledge||B||1930 Bentley||4.5||British|
|9||Mark Winkelman||Victor Silveira da Conceicao||B||1932 Plymouth||PB3||Dutch / Portuguese|
|10||Martin Egli||Thomas Kern, Marc Buhofer & Jack Amies||B||1933 Lagonda||M45||Swiss / British|
|11||James Stephenson||Max Stephenson||A||1923 Vauxhall||23/60||Australian|
|12||Paddy Walker||Scott Greenhalgh||B||1937 Buick||Series 40 Coupe||British|
|14||Lloyd Dahmen||Chuck Schwager||B||1949 Cadillac||62 Coupe||USA|
|15||Roger Goodwin||Gillian Goodwin||D||1958 Austin Healey||100-6||British|
|16||Lloyd Reddington||Treacy Reddington||C||1959 Sunbeam||Alpine||Canadian|
|17||Daniel Schlatter||Rabia Schlatter||D||1960 Mercedes||280 SL||Swiss|
|18||Andreas Pohl||Robert Peil||D||1962 Mercedes||220 SE||German|
|19||Nicholas Pryor||Lesley Stockwell||C||1962 Volvo||PV 544||British|
|20||Frank Bird||Ross Oakman||E||1964 Holden||EH||Australian|
|21||Mark Robinson||Yvonne Fuller||E||1966 Jaguar||S Type||British|
|22||Marc Buchanan||Charles Green||E||1967 Mustang||1967||USA|
|23||Dr Jose Romao de Sousa||Maria Romao de Sousa||C||1968 Volvo||142S||Portuguese|
|24||Reg Toohey||Tony Spanjers||E||1968 Chevrolet||Camaro||Australian|
|25||Steve Hyde||Janet Lyne||D||1969 Mercedes||280 SL||British|
|26||Herbert Pinzolits||Hans Geist||D||1969 Mercedes||280 SE||Austrian|
|27||Ralph Cotter||Liza Cotter||C||1970 Peugeot||404||USA|
|28||Roger Allen||Maggie Gray||D||1971 BMW||2800 CS||Australian|
|29||Jorg Lemberg||Antonio Cardoso, Peter Schmidt, Maic Laubrich||E||1971 Mercedes||280 SE||German|
|30||Patrick van Griethuysen||Louise Peters||T||1984 Citroen||GSA||Dutch|