The 1979 International Codasur motor rally began in Buenos Aires on Saturday (21 July). Competitors?
SV President of Argentina General Jorge Rafael Videla (with moustache) with officials at start of rally
SV Renault Alpine Number 401 driven by Jean Ragnotti leaving start
SV Renault Alpine Number 404 driven by Antonio Romero leaves start
SV Renault Alpine Number 405 driven by Jorge Recalde leaving starting line
TV Ford Falcon Sprint Number 13 driven by Andres Vertone and Fiat Berlina driven by Errecalde Allende leaving start
SV president Videla talking to official
SV Cars along road in outskirts of city (2 shots)
SV PAN Peugeot 504 Number 9 driven by carlos Garro passing onlookers
SV PAN Peugeot 504 Number 402 driven by Jean Claude Lefevre passing crowd of spectators
LV PAN Cars speeding by on open road (four shots)
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: The 1979 International Codasur motor rally began in Buenos Aires on Saturday (21 July). Competitors motor through six countries in Latin America before returning to Argentina where the rally ends in San Miguel de Tucuman at the foot of the Andes.
SYNOPSIS: Argentina's President General Jorge Rafael Videla joined rally officials as the first car left the control point on the stroke of midnight. Many of the top manufacturers including the French Renault company have entered teams for this year's rally.
Privately entered cars among the seventy-one competitors included the Ford Falcon Sprint of Andres Vertone.
The first two stages take the competitors north into Uruguay, Brazil, paraguay and eventually Bolivia. The rally then moves west into Chile before turning south for the last of the seven thousand kilometre course on the rugged mountain roads crossing the Andes mountains.
The Peugeot 504 has proved its reliability over the years, and the French company has entered a strong team led by top professional driver Jean-Claude Lefevre. The rally is organised by the Argentine Automobile club with the help of other motoring organisations along the route. Total prize money is well over one hundred and fifty thousand U.S. dollars, and officials are hoping that next year the Codasur event will count towards the World Rally Championship.