Paulo Ceretta Off To Great Start In The 2017 19 Capitales Historico Rally

For the past few years I have followed with interest a rally in Uruguay, the 19 Capitales Historico.  This event is also known as the Gran Premio Del Uruguay.  My interest in this rally began when two Uruguay ex-pats, Fernando Denis and Paulo Ceretta from New York state came up to see me to get some advice about how to compete in this rally.  Fernando has competed several times with his father, while Paulo competes with his brother, Alejandro.  The 19 Capitales Historico is a five-day brisk rally that visits all of the capitals of the 19 provinces that make up Uruguay.  This year there are about 140 cars competing in this rally.

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Yesterday I got an email from Paulo from Uruguay, saying that they are off to a great start.  Paulo said that after the first day, they are 1st in their category, (F) 2000cc , they are 6th in the  Velocimetro Category and 40th in the Overall position.  This is indeed a great start.

Paulo and his brother are competing in a 1980 BMW 320.  This car is shown below.

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The Ceretta Brothers’ 1980 BMW 320

The original 4-cylinder engine in their BMW 320 has been replaced with a larger six-cylinder engine from a BMW 323.

The picture below shows Paulo and his brother just before the start of the 2017 19 Capitales Historico.  I am not sure why this photo is reversed (look at the words and numbers in the photo).

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Paulo and Alejandro Ceretta At The 2017 19 Capitales Historico

Paulo sent some photos from the start of the rally showing lots of interesting cars, as well as the spectacular architectural design of the building in the background.

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Cars Getting Ready For the Start of The Rally

Fernando Denis and his father are competing in a 1974 BMW 2002tii.  They are not off to as good a start as Paulo.  Fernando currently sits in 116th position overall.  Fernando has missed the last couple of runnings of this event due to health reasons and an unfortunate shipping screw-up with his car.

Another photo that Paulo sent shows a gaggle of Peugeots just before the rally.  It is refreshing to see the summer weather that is currently being enjoyed in the southern hemisphere.

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Peugeots Are Popular Cars In Rallying In Uruguay And Argentina

For more information about this rally check out the event website:

www.19capitaleshistorico.com

If you have any comments or questions about this rally or this post, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email address at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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