Racing in Patagonia: 1000 Millas Sport, 2013

There are plenty of classic car events organized annually around the U.S. and Europe, but there is a classic car event that stands out from the ordinary and it is hosted in South America. Have you ever imagined racing with a classic car across Patagonia? It sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Well, for the last 25 years the 1000 Millas Sport Argentina has been drawing the world’s attention to what it stands as South America’s single most prestigious classic car rally. This year the event took place between the 14th and the 16th of November and there was a good reason for celebration, as this year marked the 25th anniversary of this event.

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For its 25th anniversary 1000 Millas Sport Argentina welcomed more than 130 classic cars that raced across one of the world’s most inspiring landscapes.  The Italian race event Milla Miglia is actually the inspiration for Argentina’s take on celebrating the everlasting beauty of classic cars. The event is hosted by the Club de Automoviles Sport of Argentina which is included in the schedule of the World Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs. In other words, 1000 Millas Sport Argentina is an internationally recognized event that applies the same quality standards as most of the festivals held in the U.S., the UK and elsewhere in the world.

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The race will also host some international stars such as the five times winner of Dakar Rally Cyril Despres or Juan Tonconogy, who won the Milla Miglia race this year. Overall, participants from fourteen countries will compete while driving classic cars that were produced between 1918 and 1983. These cars will be split in seven categories in relation to their characteristics and age.

BMW couldn’t have missed this high-status international event. The German automotive brand participated with three of its vast number of classic cars. Each one of these three BMW cars has left its own mark in the brand’s long history of car manufacturing. The three cars are: the BMW 328 Kamm, the BMW 2000 CS and the BMW 3.0 CS. Probably some of you are dreaming of buying these cars one day. However, how about settling with some used BMW cars from AA Cars that will come in much cheaper for any pocket!? I guess that this is up to every pocket!

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Milla Miglia-wise, it is certainly worth mentioning a few words about the route. Drivers participating in this rally have the unique chance to race for 1.600km across the lakes, valleys and tall mountains of the Patagonia area. Driving parallel to the Andes, South America’s longest continental mountain range, must be a precious experience. The race also crosses Chile, in what must be a lifetime experience, given the uniqueness and the splendor of the morphology of the landscape in Patagonia.

As far as it concerns me, one thing is for sure. If I had had plenty of money to spend, I would have invested some of them into buying a classic car. The era of my preference would have been the period between the 1940’s and the 1960’s. In that way, I would have felt like one of those important guys in Hollywood movies that spend their time driving around their luxurious cars in the streets of Chicago, New York and the like. You can never get bored of these cars…

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Some of the cars that represented this time period at the rally were the Jaguar XK 120, Chevrolet Corvette, the Austin Healey 100/6, the Porsche 356, the BMW 328 Kamm of course, the Merceds benz 190 SL, the Maserati 3500 GT and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SV, among many others…

To summarize: superb cars, magnificent route and an international interest turns 1000 Millas Sport Argentina into a very appealing event. Till next year!

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Seven Best Cars as Voted in the Golden Steering Wheel Awards

Seven Best Cars as Voted in the Golden Steering Wheel Awards

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If you love cars and especially the best cars available, then you must have heard already about the Golden Steering Wheel Awards. Learn about the seven best cars of the year as voted by millios of readers and experts of the field. For more, check my storify.

Best BMW Art Cars

What is it that makes us happy? I know what you might reply on that: love is what makes us all happy! And it might very well be true, love might be the key to happiness. When love knocks our door, we suddenly feel fulfilled and complete, life has a meaning and it all makes sense.
We are constantly searching for love, but at the same time we search and crave for other things that can make our everyday lives better. Take art, for example: we all, no matter our specific tastes, find great pleasure in art. It doesn’t matter if it is a painting hanged on the wall in a museum such as the Louvre in Paris or if it is just a pop song that we sing while taking a shower. It’s irrelevant if the art work or art product that manages to give us peace of mind is something which some describe as “high art” or just something much simpler and down to earth. Art brings a smile on our faces and is a treat for the soul; in the end, that’s all that matters…

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Except from art, there are plenty of other things that make our everyday life more interesting and pleasing. Sports, cars, clothes are all essential elements in our modern lives. Supporting your favorite soccer team gives a meaning in your otherwise sometimes boring Sunday afternoon. But taking a road trip in your car can also make your day; most people love their cars and the freedom its gives to them. And buying clothes, well, we all feel like showing off with our brand new clothes every once in a while… So, I’m thinking: what better way to enhance your pleasure than combining two or more of these elements that make life happier!?
Let’s just pick one combination: mixing the pleasure of art with our genuine love for powerful cars. Yes, it’s quite possible: just take a look at some of the BMW art cars! It all started back in 1975, when artist Alexander Calder painted the first BMW car and the BMW 3.0 CSL in particular, in what came to be a whole series of unique art cars. Overall, a number of 17 BMW cars have been recreated up until this moment in what it seems by now a tradition for BMW. Some highlights will include:

Andy Warhol’s BMW M1

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BMW M1 racing version by Andy Warhol, 1979

We couldn’t but have started with the vision of the “Pope of Pop”, Andy Warhol. It was back in 1979 when one of the most discussed and inspirational artist of our era decided to transform BMW M1, pimping it up in his own unique and always colorful, playful style. Warhol himself painted the car! In other words, he did take his job quite seriously! He tried to depict speed in his own ways and the result seems to be really impressive and imaginative, just like his entire creative vision in general, after all… Even if, apparently, Warhol’s creation is not for sale, other BMWs are and some might be just the starting point for your own creation. What would you say about checking for the latest BMW car finance offers and then see what you can do about your future car yourself!? Good luck there!

Roy Lichtenstein’s BMW 320i

BMW 320i racing version by Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein signs BMW 320i, 1977

Two years earlier than Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein had tried himself to transpose his highly imaginative style in a BMW car. The result was typical of Lichtenstein’s own creative world: a pop art car that looked like coming from a video game. If Warhol was the “Pope of Pop”, then Lichtenstein must have been something like its Cardinal!

David Hockney’s BMW 850 CSI

BMW Art Car by David Hockney, 1995

David Hockney paints BMW 850 CSi

Critically acclaimed as one of Britain’s most influential artists of the 20th century, David Hockney requires no introduction. Only last year he was appointed as member of the Order of Merit for his lifelong contribution to the world of arts and culture and that surely makes him a distinguishable citizen of the British society! As for the BMW 850 CSI that he designed, it will surely make it to the “Hall of Fame” of the BMW art cars!

Jeff Koon’s BMW M3 GT2

BMW M3 GT2 Art Car designed by Jeff Koons, 2010

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Last, but not least, we have Jeff Koons – the highly controversial Jeff Koons, whom you either like or not. Some tag his works of art as kitsch, but some others like to remind them that his works sell almost like any other produced by artists still alive. One thing is for sure, though: Jeff Koons and his ingenuity and creative vision could not be contested. He seems to be the last artist on the list kindly asked to transform a BMW car. The work Koons has done with the BMW M3 GT2 surely didn’t disappointed those who love explosions or splashes of living colors on objects or things! For the love of art, that’s amazing!