Australian MGs Have Been Prepared for their Americas Trip Next Year

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A group of 8 MGs, led by Dave and Laurel Godwin, in their MGA (license plate “RIP”), will drive through South America, Central America, and North America to Vancouver, BC, from January 5th to May 6th, 2015. The cars have been prepared extensively for this epic journey and packed with spares and equipment. The crews will leave Australia on January 3rd.

Dave & Laurel Godwin with RIPThe cars have been shipped to Santiago, Chile, and should arrive there mid December, 2014. It will take 4 or 5 days for them to be cleared thru Customs after the crews arrive early January. The convoy will drive south initially through Chile for about 17 days and about 2,600 miles to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego in Argentina (the southern most city of South America). On day 23 their trek north begins.

Highlights of their itinerary in South and Central America are as follows:


Day 23, January 27th - leave Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, then drive north for 22 days thru Argentina on the eastern side of the Andes mountain range. Includes the Aconcagua Pass at almost 13,800 feet (day 36), and the Portillo Pass with 29 hairpin (switchback) bends.

Aconcagua PassDay 45, February 18th - cross into Bolivia, arriving in La Paz, Peru, 4 days later.

Day 65, March 5th - arrive in Lima, Peru

Day 72, March 12th - arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Day 78, March 18th - arrive in Bogota, Colombia

Day 85, March 25th - pack vehicles for shipping to Panama. (It is not possible to drive across the Darien Gap).

Day 91, March 31st - pick up cars in Panama

Day 92, April 1st – cross into Costa Rica

Day 95, April 4th - arrive in Rivas, Nicaragua

Day 96, April 5th – two border crossings – Honduras and El Salvador

Day 98, April 7th - arrive in Zacapa, Guatemala

Day 100, April 9th - arrive in Belize City, Belize

Day 102, April 11th - cross into Mexico, and drive for 6 days thru Mexico

Day 108, April 17th - cross into the USA at Douglas, AZ.

They will have driven approximately 11,500 miles north to this point, over 85 days.

Part 2 of this itinerary for USA and Canada will be posted on the website later. Check back for details soon.

"RIP" ready for the journey

Loading a car into a shipping container

3 of the 8 MGs Ready to Ship to Chile

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Reader Comments (1)

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George M. Kress (Gibsonia, PA)
on November 13, 2014 3:37am
I have heard about double decking cars in a container like this but have never seen it. Do you have to make your own supports for this or does the container company provide the supports? I did the Rallye to Reno and had a lot of fun but I think this run would be a bit much for me. I think the car would be ok but I do not know about me.

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Last updated on November 10, 2014.