Dakar 2017, stage 9: The firm step of the classic Rastrojero

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Perhaps the name of Rastrojero not you say big thing, but if I tell you that the history of this truck, argentina has certain similarities with the Seat 600 maybe you can put a value on the fact of seeing one of these classics to compete in the Dakar 2017. In this case, Dakar rally ‘vintage’ of the hand of cordoba, José Antonio Blangino, a pilot that has been proposed to finish the toughest test in the world at the controls of a vehicle that has a very important place in the history of the automotive industry in Argentina.

The Rastrojero, is a pick-up argentina came out of the workshops of IAME Cordoba, between 1952 and 1979 and that was the key point of mobility in Argentina, largely in the regions that are more rural. Perhaps for this reason, José Antonio Blangino is proposed to carry a Rastrojero the Dakar and for this was made with a unit of 1966 was preparing for more than six months. Almost without time to test the final result of the vehicle reconstructed as a off-road 4×4 in the image of the original model, Blangino able to overcome the technical verifications of the ASO to the first, without any problem.

After playing the last six editions of the Dakar with different vehicles and can only terminaren 2013 and 2015, José Antonio Blangino started this Dakar with caution, something that has enabled him to reach until the final stretch of the test on a position much more prominent than that accumulated in the two editions that reached the goal. However, this Rastrojero 4×4 that has been built in the traditional way has managed to have moments of brilliance in the race as 22nd that got Blangino along with his co-driver Luciano Glagiardi in the stage between Tupiza and Oruro.

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In this aspect, José Antonio Blangino and his iconic Rastrojero
facing the final straight of the Dakar
after the completion of the first nine
stages of the rally -even though two have been suspended – in 30 hours and 24
minutes, although at this time there to add the 12-hour penalty
that have accumulated throughout the first week of the rally. All in all,
the Rastrojero occupies the 37th position in the overall
, in times very
similar to those that accumulate Isidre Esteve, or what is the same, with 22
hours lost in respect to the leaders of the car category.

With
only 800 kilometres timed to Buenos Aires,
concern of Jose Antonio Blangino and his team 100% amateur is the
reliability
. Several have been critical moments in their journey through the
Dakar, but the team expect that the V8 engine of 300 horsepower
power
that has been installed in this classic argentine stamina type
until the goal of the argentine capital. Remaining three stages to
to get it, and what is true is that this Dakar ‘vintage’ looks like
finish with a happy ending
, although each kilometer in this rally hides
a small trap.