This past week, I was on a BMW/Mini-sponsored trip to drive some Mini Clubmans (Clubmen?) down the Panamerican Highway all the way to where it ends, at the Southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina. While there, I managed to get a little time to myself to do the only truly worthwhile thing you can do in an…
The 2016 Dakar Rally, an extreme off-road endurance challenge spanning multiple countries and thousands of miles, was supposed to start in Peru. But weather there’s predicted to be so bad that the entire race had to be changed. At least the new route looks somewhat spectator-friendly.
You can have a great adventure on any road. But if you're planning an epic trip specifically to challenge man and machine, the Pan-American Highway — 30,000 miles of road from Alaska to Argentina — isn't the way to go. Beyond a particularly impressive total length the fabled PAH really is nothing more than, well,…
I do not understand how this guy did not crash.
Here in the US, we've got some pretty great pickups and 4WD vehicles to choose from. We've also got plenty of cool communities to go on off-road adventures with. But after a month of driving trucks around South America, I'm starting to think they do trucks even better. Here's why.
The 2015 Dakar Rally will be running from Buenos Aires, up to Iquique, Chile, into Boliva, and all the way back down to the starting line from January 3rd to January 17th. 70 TV stations will be broadcasting the event. Here's where to watch, and a by-the-numbers breakdown of how the coverage is coming to you.
They even serve food — The Truth About Cars has a great explainer on the luxury long-distance buses of South America. Read it right here. There's good reason why these are the vehicles of choice for the growing middle class.
Destructive earthquakes in the Iquique region of Chile have caused tragic losses of life and substantial physical damage, presenting complications for the 2015 Dakar Rally for which Iquique is a logistical keystone.
We knew the2015 Dakar Rally would begin and end in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now we know exactly how the race will be broken down there in the first and final three stages.
If you haven't had a chance to see the "best of" videos Dakar put together from this year's race, these will be some solid coffee-break entertainment for the rest of your day. You're welcome.
In many parts of the U.S. of A., we're often told what's not possible. You can't build a house without 2x4s and nails from Home Depot; you can't make your car run without a complete array of expensive tools and a course in auto mechanics; it's impossible to tow things with a small car.
Before the Panama Canal was opened in August 1914, the Straits of Magellan were the only way to transit between the Atlantic and the Pacific for those who didn’t want to brave the Drake Passage. The straits separate mainland Patagonia from Tierra del Fuego, and this video of a ferry crossing it could have served as…
In April 1947, two wild and crazy Czechs set off from Prague in a Tatra 87 and drove 40,000 miles across Africa and South America. Přes Kordillery (“Across the Cordilleras”) is their book about the middle part of the trip: from Buenos Aires to Lima, across the world’s then-highest road. It is, as one would expect, the…
This year the Dakar Rally moved from its spiritual home in Africa to South America. That’s a good thing, as it resulted in more varied terrain, better racing and, most importantly, absolutely amazing photos.
Ever heard of the Commer Cob? British truck builder Commer based it on the Hillman Husky, and this solid example is still alive in Chile. Punta Arenas-based Pulloa got some shots for our enjoyment.
This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Today we're going to check out a couple of cars that live in the oil-mad city of Maracaibo, Venezuela, courtesy of loyal reader Ferli. Make the jump to see the whole…
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