Paulo Ceretta To Return To The 19 Capitales Historico Rally

This past week I got an email from Paulo Ceretta of New York saying that he was going to compete in the 2014 19 Capitales Historico Rally in Uruguay.  Paulo, who moved to the United States from Uruguay, competed in this rally last year for the first time.  I met Paulo last year as he and Fernando Denis were seeking some help getting prepared for this event.

The 19 Capitales Historico is a rally that passes through the capitols of all 19 provinces of Uruguay over a period of 5 days.  The rally starts on February 25 and March 1, 2014.  The outline of the route and the schedule is shown below.

2014 Route Map

2014 19 Capitales Historico Rally Route And Schedule

The 19 Capitales Historico Rally is a very well attended rally both in terms of the number of competitors and the number of spectators who come out to watch the rally and associated events.

Arch Area Photo

The 19 Capitales Historico Is  Spectacular Event

The variety of cars that compete in this event is impressive.  And many of these cars are not commonly seen in North America.  Most of the competitors are from Uruguay and Argentina, with substantial number from Brazil.  Virtually no North Americans, except for Uruguay ex-pats Paulo and Fernando take part in this rally.

Parking Area Photo

Many Of The Cars Are Not Commonly Seen In North America

Many of the cars that compete in the 19 Capitales Historico are highly modified, such as the early 1960s Ford Falcon shown below.

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A Much-Modified Ford Falcon

Paulo Ceretta’s brother still lives in Uruguay and will be Paulo’s navigator during the rally.  Their car is BMW 320 which has an upgraded engine.  In the last year the car has been further modified and Paulo sent me a couple of pictures of this modified car.

Ceretta Brothers BMW (1)

The Ceretta Brothers BMW

The wire-style wheels look great on the BMW!  And the racing stripes on the front corner of the car is a style that I have not seen before, but like.

Ceretta Brothers BMW (2)

If you are looking for more information about the 19 Capitales Historico Rally check out the event’s website at www.19capitaleshistorico.com

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3 Responses to Paulo Ceretta To Return To The 19 Capitales Historico Rally

  1. pdceretta says:

    Thanks Steve great article,,, I wil be sending you updates…
    Thanks Paulo, Fernado and Alejandro

  2. I compete in the same Rally with the Ceretta Brothers, I only can describe like a hard marathon for our retro race cars, but the friendship with people like the Ceretta brothers always made it worth it. Thank you for this article and I hope to see you in a next edition!. Cheers.

    • Hi Jose,
      There is no doubt that Paulo is a friendly fellow. Paulo sent me some photos today that he took during the rally. If you have some photos that I could post on this website please send them to me at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net
      Steve McKelvie

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