Vintage cars in the sun

From May 21 to 24, more than 40 classic and vintage cars will compete in the first edition of the Camino del Sol (Sun Road) Rally, which will be run on scenic roads in the northwestern provinces of La Rioja and San Juan.

The oldest car competing in the event is a 1923 Vauxhall Velox (photo). The rally, organized by the Argentine Classic Cars Club with the blessing of the tourism authorities of both provinces and the sponsorship of the National Tourism Secretariat, the Argentine Hotel and Restaurant Owners’ Federation (FEHGRA) and five private companies, will cover 915 km in three days, and the pilots will donate clothing, shoes and medicines to children in country schools in both provinces. On the first day, they will drive from

La Rioja City to the town of Villa Unión via the Cuesta de Mirando slope (280 km). On the second, they will drive around in La Rioja’s Talampaya National Park and San Juan’s Ischigualasto (“Moon Valley” Provincial Park (264 km) and on the third they will drive to San Juan City via the Cuesta de Huaco slope and Jáchal (373 km). The fourth day, which does not give rally points, will be dedicated to San Juan’s wine trail. Prizes will be awarded in the Graffigna Museum.