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Route 40 Argentina
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
The Old Route 40
Topic: Mendoza Starting Point
Story of the Old Route 40
Topic: Route 40 Tour

The Old Route 40, started in Kilometer 0 in the heart ......

.. of Mendoza City. I visited this City several Times, since the beginning of the era of the Digital Camera and Internet on the WWW I was there in the year 2006, hunting old tractors, in this case a David Brown 50D 6 cylinder made in England, ....

View The Old Route 40 Argentina & A trip to the Cottage in the Woods on artdealer's travel map.

Route Ruta 40 Mendoza Argentina

David Brown 50D Tractor, found near the City of Mendoza, Year 2006 Travel Photo Gallery )Bob Frassinetti

Travelling to Mendoza, Argentina in the quest for old and steam tractors along Highway 40, Route 40

 Ruta 40, original starting point North and South, .......

 


Touring around Mendoza with Bob Frassinetti

One of the things I love the most about my job is the fact that I’m always on the move, always hunting for awesome treasures in and around this beautiful country that is Argentina.

This time I’m in Mendoza, a breathtaking city at the bottom of the Andes Mountains; home of the KM 0 of the marvelous Route 40, my favorite place in the whole wide world.

Such was my good luck this time that I managed to find a cozy small hotel on the roadside of Route 40!

The city of Mendoza was founded early in the Colonial times, in 1561. The Incas had reached the region we know today as Cuyo, and more precisely Mendoza in their late expansion years, just before they were conquered by the Spaniards. Therefore, this region was a greatly civilized area, known for its stupendous ecosystem and its great Pre Columbian constructions as well as its refined culture.

Today, more than 400 years after its foundation, Mendoza is a regional metropolis and a melting pot between the Argentine and the Chilean cultures, for it’s in the borderline between this neighboring countries.

Mendoza withholds Argentina’s finest wine production and it’s a precious tourism spot for travelers from around the globe. The brilliant combination of natural resources, winter sports, all year long natural spa facilities and the imponent Aconcagua Mountain –the highest most peak of the American Continent- makes of Mendoza a dream destination for every single one of us who loves to enjoy life’s pleasures and treats.

The city of Mendoza is also the capital of the equally named province. This is a modern and clean, nature friendly capital, features a broad and rich cultural and artistic life.

A stone throw away from downtown Mendoza the visitor finds the ever-growing and improving fine vineyards, wineries and boutique wine producers. Most of these are open all year long for visitation and wine trying. Even better is to enjoy this wonderful option during the month of March, when it’s still summer warm in the region, in the fabulous Wineries Classic and Sports car Rally.

Among the rainbow of urban and ecology friendly tourism that can be found in Mendoza, there are several interesting sights within the city, such as the gorgeous trolleybus transport system.

This transport system was lately installed in Argentina by the late 1940s, specially located in Buenos Aires, but covering other major cities such as Mendoza and Rosario. However the pass of time and the evolution in the automobile industry made it fade away from the rest of the country except for Mendoza, Rosario and the latter addition of Cordoba city in the Mediterranean region of our country.

The first Trolleys of Mendoza were German, made by the famous Mercedes Benz in 1957 in Buenos Aires. Latter on Japanese origin vehicles came to replace the German ones Nissan / Tokyu Car / Toshiba. Most of which were maintained in such proper way that still running by the end of the millennium.

Among the interesting features of the trolley system in Mendoza is the fact that a big commercial shift took place in the mid 1980s when the province exchanged commercially its fine wines for mechanical goods with the USSR by means of the Uritzky, model ZIU 682 that complemented the Japanese fleet.

Before Ig o anyfurther, check out Events ongoing or upcoming, .....

 

Events on and along Route 40 Argentina
Saturday September 29, 2012
Events along side and near Route 40
Bouchard 1170
Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires B1637AZJ Get Directions

The 8th Aniverscery of the First Edition of te Magic of Route 40 bu Federico B Kirbus, La novena Aniversario del libro escrito por Federico B Kirbus, Magica Ruta 40. 2003 Ediciones del Eclipse.

After the dissolution of the USSR, and together with the growth and development of Mendoza –implying the need of a broadening of their transport system- new imports were made from Germany and Japan to attend the growing demand.

 

So Back to the infromation, .... 

This unique ecology friendly means of transport provides Mendoza with an even more appealing aesthetic to the visitor alike the local. While at the same time, the one of a kind scenario created by Mendoza’s unique features, invites locals and foreigners alike to discover this magic land of beauty and good living.


Posted by route40argentina at 10:06 AM EST
Sunday, 12 February 2006
Wine Rallies Every Year
Topic: Mendoza Starting Point

The Wineries Rally every Year, like this one we wrote about back in the Year 2004.

 

It was early in the morning of March 11th , 2004, when the Second Edition of the Wineries’ Rally began. More than one hundred drivers signed up to take part in this fantastic journey throughout 650 kilometers of beauty and good living, all of which were in perfect pavement conditions for as to preserve all of the participant vehicles from any rough path that might damage these art pieces. This outstanding race was organized by the Club de Autos Clásicos y Sport of Mendoza together with the Porsche Club Argentino and sponsored by the Mendoza Shopping and the Subsecretaría de Turismo of Mendoza.

The Escudería Norte de Buenos Aires coordinated the organization of the route map, timing and classifying.

To participate in this race vehicles had to be F. I.V.A at least 20 years old, and any Porsche model –for although the route was the same, classification and points were addressed differentially.

This glamorous Historic Sports car race runs through the mystic lands of the beautiful province of Mendoza combining the outstanding flavors of the best wines with a specially traced route where the contestants enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful scenes.

Driving side by side to the imponent Andes, witnessing some of the province’s cultural and historical treasures such as the Puente del Inca, heading down to the divine Valle de Uco that rises upon the desert surrounded by some of the worlds most imponent mountains, the Andes –La Plata, and the  Tupungato dormant volcano. The everlasting top snow crowning the majesty of nature invites us through the main route into an unforgettable drive. Following, the participants headed out the cities’ area towards the unspoiled natural woods of poplars, walnuts and a variety of ancient trees. The caravan of outstanding antique cars headed later on to Coquimbito; and after towards their final destination in the city of Mendoza.

The above named wine route began at the Bogegas Séptima located on the National route #7 in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Medoza. According to the Vineyards, wineries and wines South American Guide, it was christened Séptima for being the seventh winery of the Catalonian winemaking company Conforniu. This fine winery seattled in Argentina in 2001, and ever since then has produced outstanding quality products. Architectually monumental the stone construction that holds the Séptima wine production is beautiful, and perfectly combines aesthetics and functionality leading a delightful production of Syrah among other wine varieties.

350 kilometers down this specially traced route, the participants stopped at the Bodega Luigi Bosca, at the end of the first part of the race. Luigi Bosca is one of the oldest wineries in the area, founded in 1901 under the name of Leonicio Arizu, it latter changed its name to Luigi Bosca in 1969 in honor of the newest Italian partner. Till 1981, they didn’t entered the national market, for they used to sell all their production to overseas markets such as Italy and the U.S.

The secret to their outstanding wines is that this family run business has always focused on quality; all through their seven fincas they grow over 30 year old vines that are carefully processed to bring up the best qualities of each product.

A must when visiting this winery is to degust the marvelous Luigi Bosca Malbec. This grape, although imported form France more than a century ago, has grown and adapted so perfectly to the Argentine soil that the Argentinean Malbec’s are the world’s greatest ones. The wine responds perfectly to the slight movements of the crystal expressing its perfect deep color, dark and tall. As sipping this unsurpassed wine the feel of maturity and balance, supporting its full, velvety and juicy body, one’s lead into a senses paradise.

The perfect evening for an unforgettable day.

The morning after, that fine antique car caravan headed down through the wonderful Uco Valley to the Hugo and Eduardo Pulenta Winery, were surrounded by gorgeous vineyards they made a variety of control tests with presostato, one demanding regulation test.

The line of beauties, where the road played the role of a catway, headed off to the Bodega La Celia in San Carlos, where the heart and soul of Chile, Germany and Argentina merge together to bring up an amazing winery. Named after the only daughter and heir of the Mendoza landowner Eugenio Bustos, La Celia vineyards are not only house to one of the best wines of the area –in many grape varieties- but also a one of a kind gettaway resort, for the most selected travelers who wish to enjoy the wine in all its vertexes staying at the finca’s beautiful rooms.

However, the stop wasn’t long enough for this treat.

The last stop before entering Mendoza city for the final race was Bodega La Rural. In 1994 two family run wineries joint together to bring La Rural into life; Miguel Escorihuela Gascón and Felipe Rutini brought to life one of the most divine wines in the wine market, Felipe Rutini. Its superb quality makes of this wine one of Argentina’s most expensive bottles. This gorgeous finca shows a perfect architecture, a good sense of history and culture through the Felipe Rutini museum and a glamorous taste in life.

The final stop was marked in front of the Park Hyatt Hotal of Mendoza.

The winner team was conformed by Daniel Calarmunt and Cristian Berstchi, who drove an impeccable Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. Following them arrived the ACA-FIA last year’s Cup Champion Alberto Tonconogy and Oscar Yankilevich, in a 1961 Mercedez Benz 300. The third place was won by “Don Segundo Sombra” and Hector Del Buono in a 1956 Thunderbird Ford.

As to the Porsche race points, the winners were Enrique and Susana Carelli in a 1999 Porsche 911 followed by Alberto Tonconogy and Jose Luis Celada in a 1964 Porsche 911 Cabrio.

 

What an incredible adventure through an unspoiled paradise! Is there a better way to express a sense of outstanding great living?

 

For more information on how to export Art and antiques or if you are interested in buying Art or Antiques, and you are thinking of travelling to Argentina please feel free to email us……..  Bob Frassinetti: For more information: Email: Bob Frassinetti. Press here to see all topics on Art, Antiques and Travel Information for Buenos Aires & Argentina:Daily Updates on Art, Antiques, Collectibles as well as travel information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phone me thru Skype, ID: Bob Frassinetti or you can also chat with me thru Yahoo, press here:

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Posted by route40argentina at 1:34 PM EST
Wednesday, 8 February 2006
Photo Gallery for Mendoza
Topic: Mendoza Starting Point

Photo Gallery for Mendoza and a David Brown 50D tractor I found ........

 


               
Link to Photo Album route 40 map

 

 

For more information on Tractors or if you are interested in buying Art or Antiques, and you are thinking of travelling to Argentina please feel free to email us…….. Email: Bob Frassinetti. Press here to see all topics on Art, Antiques and Travel Information for Buenos Aires & Argentina:Daily Updates on Art, Antiques, Collectibles as well as travel information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phone me thru Skype, ID: Bob Frassinetti or you can also chat with me thru Yahoo, press here:

Yahoo Contact


Find me on MySpace and be my friend!



Link to Photo Album Art & Antique Dealer Bob Frassinetti


Read The Buenos Aires Art Dealer a e-zine magazine on Art, Antiques & Collectibles from Argentina. The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, Argentina.

Bob Frassinetti Copyright Roberto Dario Frassinetti 2006

 


Posted by route40argentina at 9:29 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 8 January 2007 1:20 PM EST
Wednesday, 1 February 2006
Old Tractors to be found in Argentina
Topic: Mendoza Starting Point

Touring around Mendoza, Argentina with Bob Frassinetti

Mendoza Argentina with Bob Frassinetti
 
Old Tractors to be found in Argentina


One of the things I love the most about my job is the fact that I’m always on the move, always hunting for awesome treasures in and around this beautiful country that is Argentina.
This time I’m in Mendoza, a breathtaking city at the bottom of the Andes Mountains; home of the KM 0 of the marvelous Route 40, my favorite place in the whole wide world.
Such was my good luck this time that I managed to find a cozy small hotel on the roadside of Route 40!

The city of Mendoza was founded early in the Colonial times, in 1561. The Incas had reached the region we know today as Cuyo, and more precisely Mendoza in their late expansion years, just before they were conquered by the Spaniards. Therefore, this region was a greatly civilized area, known for its stupendous ecosystem and its great Pre Columbian constructions as well as its refined culture.
Today, more than 400 years after its foundation, Mendoza is a regional metropolis and a melting pot between the Argentine and the Chilean cultures, for it’s in the borderline between this neighboring countries.
Mendoza withholds Argentina’s finest wine production and it’s a precious tourism spot for travelers from around the globe. The brilliant combination of natural resources, winter sports, all year long natural spa facilities and the potent Aconcagua Mountain –the highest most peak of the American Continent- makes of Mendoza a dream destination for every single one of us who loves to enjoy life’s pleasures and treats.
The city of Mendoza is also the capital of the equally named province. This is a modern and clean, nature friendly capital, features a broad and rich cultural and artistic life.
A stone throw away from downtown Mendoza the visitor finds the ever-growing and improving fine vineyards, wineries and boutique wine producers. Most of these are open all year long for visitation and wine trying. Even better is to enjoy this wonderful option during the month of March, when it’s still summer warm in the region, in the fabulous Wineries Classic and Sports car Rally.
Among the rainbow of urban and ecology friendly tourism that can be found in Mendoza, there are several interesting sights within the city, such as the gorgeous trolleybus transport system.
This transport system was lately installed in Argentina by the late 1940s, specially located in Buenos Aires, but covering other major cities such as Mendoza and Rosario. However the pass of time and the evolution in the automobile industry made it fade away from the rest of the country except for Mendoza, Rosario and the latter addition of Cordoba city in the Mediterranean region of our country.
The first Trolleys of Mendoza were German, made by the famous Mercedes Benz in 1957 in Buenos Aires. Latter on Japanese origin vehicles came to replace the German ones Nissan / Tokyu Car / Toshiba. Most of which were maintained in such proper way that still running by the end of the millennium.
Among the interesting features of the trolley system in Mendoza is the fact that a big commercial shift took place in the mid 1980s when the province exchanged commercially its fine wines for mechanical goods with the USSR by means of the Uritzky, model ZIU 682 that complemented the Japanese fleet.
After the dissolution of the USSR, and together with the growth and development of Mendoza –implying the need of a broadening of their transport system- new imports were made from Germany and Japan to attend the growing demand.
This unique ecology friendly means of transport provides Mendoza with an even more appealing aesthetic to the visitor alike the local. While at the same time, the one of a kind scenario created by Mendoza’s unique features invites locals and foreigners alike to discover this magic land of beauty and good living...........................
Hunting tractors down and around Argentina 
Every single product ever made by mankind is plausible of becoming a collectible if, and only if, it features a unique design input, style and works as a turning point in some way to society and culture. Thereafter, the fact that working machines of great ingenious and whit such as early 20th century tractors are very interesting collectibles is no stranger to us.As most of our readers know, we take upon customized hunts for fellow collectors seeking for their precious items in our region. And that was the case with this tractor hunt. We don’t usually publish each and every single hunt we make, but in this particular case the research process bewitched us deeply for the historical and technical virtues of these items. Hunting down tractors has been an amazing experience, and more precisely the story of David Brown tractors. According to the information we accessed David Brown involvement in farm machinery began in 1936 when the company, then a subsidiary of the local family firm David Brown and Sons ( Huddersfield ) Ltd., collaborated with Mr. Harry Ferguson in the manufacture of the legendary Ferguson-Brown Tractor. The Ferguson-Brown model was the world's first production tractor to be equipped with hydraulic lift and converging 3-point linkage; a revolutionary concept within the industry.  The first David Brown model was exhibited at the 1939 Royal Show, but soon came the Second World War and production had to cease. David Brown Company became Britain's third largest farm tractor manufacturer, featuring the Royal Warrant and winning several Queens’ Awards to Industry for export achievement (four out of every five David Brown tractors are sold overseas). Most of which came to Argentina or other tight commercial relationships.  We will be posting soon further information on this particular tractor we’ve been hunting down, with photos and details.  

So if you are interested in buying tractors or maybe Art or Antiques, and you are thinking of travelling to Argentina please feel free to email us…….. Please feel free to contact Bob Frassinetti: For more information: Email: Bob Frassinetti. Press here to see all topics on Art, Antiques and Travel Information for Buenos Aires & Argentina:Daily Updates on Art, Antiques, Collectibles as well as travel information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phone me thru Skype, ID: Bob Frassinetti or you can also chat with me thru Yahoo, press here:

Yahoo Contact


Find me on MySpace and be my friend!



Link to Photo Album Art & Antique Dealer Bob Frassinetti


Read The Buenos Aires Art Dealer a e-zine magazine on Art, Antiques & Collectibles from Argentina. The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, Argentina.

Bob Frassinetti Copyright Roberto Dario Frassinetti 2006



Posted by route40argentina at 12:18 PM EST
Tuesday, 31 January 2006
Mendoza, province and its capital city are also the starting point of the marvelous route 40.
Topic: Mendoza Starting Point

Mendoza is a very important province specially linked to natural beauty and wonderful wines. Right in the bottom of the Andes Mountains, this province and its capital city are also the starting point of the marvelous route 40.

At the intersection of San Martin and Garibaldi St we find the original beginning to the magical route. The fact that the beginning is in the geographical middle is owed to the National Roads Direction; they thought it was way to long, so they partitioned it in North and South sections.

The pretty and clean modern looking city of Mendoza (yes, it's named after the province) is our starting point, the intersection is our departure line.

Crossed by the Route 40 to its northern and southern sections, the province of Mendoza is a paradise like earth of great wine, wonderful sights and adventurous locations. A couple of hours away from the capital we can enjoy trout fishing at the Atuel and Malargue rivers, delight ourselves with the breathtaking White lagoon or hit some of the antique wineries nearby.

Tapiz Winery on San Martin St. former route 40 path, offers a great option for winetasting, such does Ruca Malen winery in Agrelo. Norton and Chandon wineries are also at close distance from the city's capital. These wineries are a must for those who enjoy adventure and life's great pleasures.

Tupungato National Park on the side of Route 40 is a majestic location, where nature lovers will indeed feel at ease with the eternal snows covering mountain peaks, glaciers the Tupungato volcano, now out of use.

Not only is Mendoza a great place all year round for the variety of broad activities it offers, but especially in winter, so visitors enjoy one of the best ski centers in Latin America.

Indeed, Mendoza is heaven in earth for many of us, just see it for yourself, you'll never want to leave again.

If you would like to take part in any of our future venture tours or in this interesting rally venture, thru and along Highway 40, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly thru email, phone or chat. Press here: Contact me See "artdealer_ar" profile on Yahoo, I'm online now!:You can chat with me using Yahoo Instant Messenger.


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Posted by route40argentina at 10:03 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 6 January 2007 10:17 AM EST

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