A 25,000 kms drive around South America - Oct/Nov 2001

Starting and finishing on Copacapana Beach, Rio de Janeiro. Driving 25,000 kms through six countries: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Uruguay. One hundred cars: fifty classics and fifty 4x4's.

Day 56 - Rio de Janeiro

Tim and Colin took the car to the port early in the morning. I sat for one and a half hours having breakfast and chatting with Patsy and David Mitchell. Later, in the restaurant next door, we had the Alternative Awards Ceremony with the Marklands. Tim, Colin and I were given the "For being there" award!

We went by coach to Sugar Loaf Mountain for dinner and the real Awards Ceremony. We went right to the top and admired the stupendous views, then went down to the halfway stage for champagne courtesy of Buick.

The view over Rio from Sugar Loaf Mountain

Some photos of our friends at the prizegiving.

And finally the prizes!

We left early and were back at the hotel by 10 past midnight. We rang Edward, then heard that our flight schedules have changed. Colin is leaving tomorrow and we have one extra day!

Distance driven 15 miles and total driven for the Inca Trail is 13,490 miles (21,580 kms)