The 17th Edition of the most relevant South American Classic & Historic Vehicle Show was successfully held in Buenos Aires in mid-October, organized by the Club de Automóviles Clásicos de Argentina (CAC), by a Team headed by its new President, Mr Guillermo Viacava.
The 4-day Event was visited by 50.000 enthusiasts (including many foreign visitors), who enjoyed viewing the wide variety of over 1.000 vehicles, (with the presence of local and international Clubs) in excellent Spring weather.
Additional to the much awaited Autojumble (100+ stands ) and the ever growing presence of Motorcycles (including Historic GP winners), this year’s Autoclásica celebrated the Anniversaries of Ferrari, Lancia, Volvo & Lotus Seven, all of which had special displays with models representing their rich histories.
Local heritage was centered this year on the 80th Anniversary of the very traditional Turismo Carretera racing cars (which included those now known as Fangio Coupes) as well as the Argentine Formula One cars that competed in the 60’s & 70’s, with special celebrations honouring Designers, Drivers and Mechanics. Considering the wide scope of Autoclásica, a selection of family cars manufactured in Argentina in that same period were exhibited in a prominent section of the extensive grounds.
To continue developing our movement, this year visitors had the opportunity of enjoying a series of open air presentations given by specialists, centred on topics like Period Innovations, Road Safety, Design, Ferrari, Formula One, etc.
As in previous editions, the proceeds from the parking is donated to the local Children’s Hospital
After 2 days of Judging, the Prize Giving Ceremony was held on Sunday, centred on the Concurso de Elegancia covering numerous Vehicle Categories, plus distinctions to Best Club, Sponsor and Autojumble Stands
Once again the definition of the Best of Show was a hard choice in Cars, with the judges finally selecting the stunning Type 57 Bugatti Atalante by Gangloff.
In Motorcycles, the Best of Show was awarded to a recently restored Coventry Eagle Flying 8 B 160, 1926, powered by a 998 cc JAP OHV engine with 3 gears.
Considering its importance and profile, Autoclásica was again distinguished by FIVA with the implementation of the prestigious Preservation Award. This year a 1953 Volkswagen Series 1 Beetle caught everybody’s eyes, not only because of its originality, but also its condition, plus the fact that it has been in the same Family for 3 generations, since the current owner’s grandfather purchased it new.
Alec E. Daly
FIVA Ambassador – South America.