After Tunisia in 2010 and Catalonia in 2011, it was Argentina’s turn to host the 2012 Thousand and One Nights Classic Car Rally. From 10 to 20 October about 30 vehicles dating from the 1940s to the 1980s took part in the time-reliability event that started and finished in Bariloche, 1,600 kilometres south-west of Buenos Aires.
Juan Ranwez, a well-known Argentine collector, and Gustavo Fosco, communications director for Argentina, defended the colours of Renault Argentina at the wheel of a 1969 Alpine A110 1300 G. Other teams taking part included Austin Healey, Jaguar, Porsche, Lancia Zagato, Morgan, Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo.
Ranwez, who owns the Alpine, is a fervent fan of Renault: I found this Alpine in the United States when I was taking part in some races in Las Vegas. I brought it to Argentina in 1990 and restored it to its original condition. Since then, it has entered several rallies in Argentina, including the Two Oceans Rally that starts from the Atlantic and finishes on the Pacific coast in Chile.
The Thousand and One Nights event was a chance for the Renault Argentina Alpine A110 to travel through some stunning scenery, taking in Patagonia and the Andes Cordillera. And it was a great way to promote the Renault brand in South America!