I've never taken part in any rallying or racing but admire the stamina of those that do. We've had some first class racing drivers in Argentina………Juan Manuel Fangio being the most famous.leftieD said:I was involved with TDS rallies in the USA and got into off-road rallying just before joining the navy. Didn't have time later on to continue and just did autocross after getting out. My claim to fame was laying out the first ever Happiness is Sunrise rally course back in 1968 that later on became an closed road event out of Coudersport, PA when NY wouldn't allow closed road rallies. Now long gone along with most USA closed road rallies.
Goof stuff, that Malbec. I got a very good wine education in the Napa Valley while stationed at Mare Island Navy base in Vallejo, CA. Had cheap wines and good times checking out new small Napa vineyards on the weekends. Walk in and they'd ask what would you like to taste first. Then everybody started drinking Napa Valley wines and the prices went way up. Even made you pay and take a tour before getting a glass or two. So back in the mid-70's I "discovered" Spanish Rioja and was drinking some very old, but inexpensive, Rioja. Then everybody discovered it in the 80's-90's and the price went up. So I "discovered" Malbec plus Chile's Carménère/Merlot. Now they've gone up in price too. Now old and diabetic (guess you know this story too) and dr's tell me not to mix booze and my pills and my 250+ bottle wine cellar sits there getting dusty. I do cheat, but not enough to make a dent....
You've got it made down there, dove shooting, good wine, trout fishing and and and and....... So enjoy!
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When Fangio died in 1995, fellow racing drivers Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss flew from London to Buenos Aires and then managed to get to Balcarce, Fangio's home town, with seconds to spare to act as pall bearers at his funeral. If you can get a copy of Jackie's book, "Winning Is Not Enough", you'll find it contains a moving story about Fangio.
Since Jackie was a shooting man, you might also find the parallels he draws in his book between competitive clay target shooting and F1 motor racing interesting. I knew most of the shooting people he names in his book pretty well including his mentor, Glyn Jones, and Glyn's sons Alan and Noel.
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We used to get Napa Valley wines when I lived up in the Yukon nearly 40 years ago. It was all we could get apart from the local moonshine. At the time I recall it reminded me of the taste I got in my mouth the first and only time I tried siphoning gasoline out of my father's car. I hasten to add that Californian wine has moved on considerably since then and has become excellent.
There are about 90 wineries in the vicinity of the city of Mendoza alone, plus more around San Juan and San Rafael. I've only scratched the surface exploring them, but am doing my best to catch up.
I don't buy Chilean wine on principle. There's no great love lost between the Chileans and the Argentines for several reasons that I won't bore you with. We're spoilt for choice here with hundreds of different Argentine wines to suit all pallets and budgets. Only about 2% of Argentine wine is exported. I can buy first class Malbecs, Syrahs, Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons for $60 Ar (or less) a bottle…….about $3 Usd…….and to be honest I can't tell the difference between those and others selling for ten times more. I'm an insulin dependent diabetic, so fortunately red wine requires no additional insulin compensation, although weigh management is important.
There's an endless supply of doves here to shoot but I leave those to others. Visitors are welcome.