From a chain-drive 1907 Züst to the 1938 AC Bristol 16/80 owned by the Argentinean Historic Sports leader, Daniel Erejomovich, a select group of pre-war vehicles will shine in the 28th edition of the 1000 Millas Sport to be held on November 9-13 next. Some of them were even showcased in Autoclásica, on the stand of Club de Automóviles Sport.
Participants of Categories C (vehicles built prior to 31/12/1930) and D (built between 1/1/1931 and 31/12/1945) give prestige to the caravan and dazzle fans. The same cars that since 1998, except for three editions, have dominated the general classification. In 2016, the 1000 Millas Sport will have enviable participants, and the spotlight will be on pre-war cars again.
In Autoclásica, Club de Automóviles Sport showcased - among other models of all time - a 1927 Bugatti Type 35 C and a 1928 Fiat 520 from that period, which were as admired as the Ferrari 166/195 Coupé Vignale chosen for this year's rally poster, like the 1974 Lancia Stratos, winner of the European Contemporary Prize, small series. This model was born as a Bertone prototype, and was exhibited to the public in the 1970 Turin Auto Show. With a futuristic design and striving to reduce the CX (aerodynamic coefficient), only 492 units were built to compete in the World Rally Championship, which it won between 1974 and 1976.
Amongst the entries of the 28th edition there is also a 1922 Bugatti Indianapolis, a monoposto especially developed to run the 500 Miles. Another model from the French make, the 1926 Type 35 A, will be in action together with an old acquaintance: the 1917 Straker-Squire X/2 (“The Zebra”).
Regarding the Bugatti Indianapolis, after winning many important races in 1921, the French make decided to build an engine with a greater capacity to compete in a Grand Prix. The first Bugatti to receive the 8 in line engine was Type 23/30 which made its debut in the Grand Prix of France, and made 2nd and 3rd place. A year later, it was specifically modified for the Indianapolis 500. Their bodywork was designed by Bechereau, the aircraft designer. Although during the race they seemed to get a good result, they weren't able to keep up with their rivals on banked turns. Of the five cars that showed up, only one made it to the end of the 1923 race.
The other two cars that will command admiration will be a Hudson Baquet and a Chrysler 66, both from 1930. The value of the latter is that only 22,606 units were manufactured, and only 1,213 in the Roadster version.
A 1932 Aston Martin International is another one of the members of the itinerant museum of the 1000 Millas 2016. This car has the characteristic of being "born" during a period of economic recession and with quality car sales down. Therefore, the chassis and the two-seater was redesigned, with a 1.5 liter engine, and then it was able to reach the 5th and 7th place in the 1932 Le Mans race. It also won the Rudge-Whitworth Cup.
The 1937 MG TA that will be cruising on the Patagonian roads is one of the little over 3000 cars built in only three years. It's a sports two-seater, famous for the design of its radiator, stirrups and folding windscreen, to name a few details.
In the meantime, husband and wife Ricardo Licursi-Patricia Pujol will try one more time to win on a 1939 SS Stoir. Last year, with this same car, they were the winners of the first leg after solving a problem with the cardan shaft. Then, a mistake left them without any chances, so now they are out seeking revenge. Same as Daniel Erejomovich, on the 1938 AC Bristol 16/80 Competition. Last year, the winner of the 2011 edition was behind by merely 9 points. Having obtained this year's wins in the Wineries Rally and the Mountain Rally, and with a commanding lead in the Argentinean championship of historic Sports Vehicles, Erejomovich could close the year incredibly: his fourth regularity title, his third Triple Crown, and the long-awaited victory of the 1000 Millas but in Bariloche, because he won the Cordoba edition when the event was forced to change location due to the damages caused by the eruption of the Puyehue volcano in the Patagonian region.