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(Alaska Dispatch News)   I don't normally partake in the Panamericana/Indian Trail car challenge going from the Amazon to the Arctic Ocean, but when I do, I only drive vintage Volvos bedecked with international decals and license plates   ( adn.com) divider line
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2014-08-19 11:48:22 AM  
I realize they started in Panama, but maybe somebody in the thread will know this:  Is the Darian gap still an issue?  For years there's been talk of finishing the highway but something about the environment or FARC fighters or whatever kept preventing it.
 
2014-08-19 12:05:23 PM  
Old Volvos are great cars and will run forever if serviced properly.
 
2014-08-19 12:10:09 PM  

nekom: I realize they started in Panama, but maybe somebody in the thread will know this:  Is the Darian gap still an issue?  For years there's been talk of finishing the highway but something about the environment or FARC fighters or whatever kept preventing it.


Years ago, I hatched an idea to drive my 1993 Toyota 4Runner to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

I thought maybe I could get Toyota onboard and get them some positive publicity and maybe get a new vehicle out of the deal.

That plan was derailed by the Darien Gap, which from what my research told me, would have been a nearly impossible crossing.

Also, I may have been drinking when this plan was conceived.
 
2014-08-19 01:25:03 PM  
Rev.K:
Years ago, I hatched an idea to drive my 1993 Toyota 4Runner to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

I thought maybe I could get Toyota onboard and get them some positive publicity and maybe get a new vehicle out of the deal.


Yeah I had a plan (which probably never would have happened anyway) to drive as far South as one can, but reading up on it unless and until the Pan-American Highway is completed through the Darian jungle, you're going to have to put your car on a container ship or ferry.  Kinda spoils the whole point of driving all the way there.
 
2014-08-19 01:42:01 PM  

nekom: I realize they started in Panama, but maybe somebody in the thread will know this:  Is the Darian gap still an issue?  For years there's been talk of finishing the highway but something about the environment or FARC fighters or whatever kept preventing it.


It's an environmental corridor/US Government Secret Bio Warfare test facility so it'll never get opened. Just put your vehicle on a boat in Panama (or Costa Rica and avoid all that Panamanian garbage) and meet it in Chile.
 
2014-08-19 03:01:36 PM  
I had a 1974 140 coupe. It was a great car, comfortable, good looking, ran great. It wasn't very fast but it was still fun.
 
2014-08-19 03:48:16 PM  
I want to say I saw these guys a few weekends ago in Flagstaff. Not these guys, but other older cars with a ton of decals on them such as the one in the pic.
 
2014-08-19 04:36:44 PM  
Volvo? Pfft.

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2014-08-19 04:43:59 PM  

LazyMedia: Volvo? Pfft.

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And here we see the hi lux. Generations of humans depended on these beasts.
 
2014-08-19 04:44:44 PM  
Trans-continental rallies bring back memories from my childhood:

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I drove a woodie, back then.
 
2014-08-19 04:45:05 PM  
From the Indes to the Andes in his undies?
 
2014-08-19 04:51:40 PM  
How hard can it be?
 
2014-08-19 04:56:25 PM  
I'm glad someone alluded to the fact that Panama is not in the Amazon thou it was part of Columbia once.
 
2014-08-19 04:57:30 PM  
Old Volvos are great cars and will run forever if serviced properly.

Any car properly maintained will run forever..... saw three 100% mint condition Ladas at a show on the weekend.
 
2014-08-19 05:15:04 PM  
I saw one of them as they passed through Salt Lake City a couple of weeks ago. I wondered if they were on the way to a car show or something like that. Very cool to find out that they're actually driving the hell out of them.
 
2014-08-19 05:17:15 PM  

Nadie_AZ: I want to say I saw these guys a few weekends ago in Flagstaff. Not these guys, but other older cars with a ton of decals on them such as the one in the pic.


The itinerary I found online says they should have been in Flagstaff on the 31st of July, so that sounds right.
 
2014-08-19 05:20:16 PM  

nekom: I realize they started in Panama, but maybe somebody in the thread will know this: Is the Darian gap still an issue? For years there's been talk of finishing the highway but something about the environment or FARC fighters or whatever kept preventing it.


I thought there was a auto-ferry you could hop on in Pamana to take you into Colombia and continue on the roadways.
 
2014-08-19 05:30:36 PM  
There's an outfit called The Adventurists who organize similar rallies around the world - all for charity, of course. I'd love to take part in the Rickshaw Run sometime.
 
2014-08-19 05:40:30 PM  

hammettman: Trans-continental rallies bring back memories from my childhood:

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I drove a woodie, back then.


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Sees what you did there.
 
2014-08-19 06:03:29 PM  

Rev.K: nekom: I realize they started in Panama, but maybe somebody in the thread will know this:  Is the Darian gap still an issue?  For years there's been talk of finishing the highway but something about the environment or FARC fighters or whatever kept preventing it.

Years ago, I hatched an idea to drive my 1993 Toyota 4Runner to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

I thought maybe I could get Toyota onboard and get them some positive publicity and maybe get a new vehicle out of the deal.

That plan was derailed by the Darien Gap, which from what my research told me, would have been a nearly impossible crossing.

Also, I may have been drinking when this plan was conceived.


Some Dutch guy drove from SF to Brazil.  Most people take a container ship from Panama to Colombia to get around the Darien Gap.
 
2014-08-19 07:04:34 PM  

sunderland56: Old Volvos are great cars and will run forever if serviced properly.

Any car properly maintained will run forever..... saw three 100% mint condition Ladas at a show on the weekend.


I used to think that.  Then the wife fell in love with an Oldsmobile Bravada she just had to have.

No matter how rigidly you followed the maintenance procedures on this POS it still spent more time at the dealer than it did on the road.  I swear you could go down to our heated, climate-controlled garage on any given night and listen to the soft murmur of plastic parts oxidizing away interrupted on occasion by the *ping* of some random bolt deciding to abandon ship.

Yes, I am suggesting that the Lada was superior to the 2003 Bravada.  In every possible way.

Stupid car...
 
2014-08-19 07:24:33 PM  

LazyMedia: Volvo? Pfft.


Doing all that exterior damage in such a short time doesn't give the frame time enough to rust out.
 
2014-08-19 10:49:41 PM  

nekom: Rev.K:
Years ago, I hatched an idea to drive my 1993 Toyota 4Runner to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

I thought maybe I could get Toyota onboard and get them some positive publicity and maybe get a new vehicle out of the deal.

Yeah I had a plan (which probably never would have happened anyway) to drive as far South as one can, but reading up on it unless and until the Pan-American Highway is completed through the Darian jungle, you're going to have to put your car on a container ship or ferry.  Kinda spoils the whole point of driving all the way there.


The Panamerican highway becomes a nightmare long before the Darian. I've driven parts of it through Guatemala and El Salvador. At times, the vehicles stop for hours, or overnight, with no explanation. I did learn, however, that rental vehicles, no matter the type, have a surprising wading depth in running water.
First time I've returned a rental cleaner than I took it out
 
2014-08-20 01:26:16 AM  
Makes me miss my old 1970 Amazon, low milage, that lovely B20 engine and rusted out floorpans...
http://pr0n.sesse.net/tg03/original/10449.jpg
 
2014-08-20 01:56:54 AM  
Theoretically it'd be possible to drive the same car on every single continent in one really long trip, with transportation by boat over the Darien Gap and Bering Strait, of course.

/yes I'm tired and thinking crazy
 
2014-08-20 02:07:46 AM  
Stupid mobile not putting the picture right, let's try that again...
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