When Road Tourism said goodbye to the road

In 1997 the TC stopped running semi-permanent road races for safety reasons. Lalo Ramos was the last winner in this type of racing.

¡autoworld also in GOOGLE NEWS!

El Road Tourism was born, grew up and developed on the road. Its rich history was forged in historic duels on public roads with skilled drivers risking their lives - literally - in every race. But time passed and the need to make the competitions safer for its protagonists and the public forced the category to settle permanently on the road courses. The goodbye to cupecitas at the end of the 1960s was the first great shock that the TC starred in and, without a doubt, the goodbye to road competitions three decades later was the other difficult blow to overcome.

Every run in a semi-permanent had turned into a galloping danger from the lack of security. For this reason, the category began to get more and more on the road courses and had only a few appointments on the road. Until in 1997 only one was played: the semi-permanent in the Tuyú Triangle, in Santa Teresita.

TC on Route
The TC en route was a party for the public, although safety was always at the limit.

On that weekend you could already smell the possibility that the route that passed through the city would not be visited again. RP11 (also known as the Interbalenaria for joining different points of the Atlantic Coast). In fact, in those days Juan Maria Traverso, Titus Delconte y John Deambrosi, then president of the Carretera Tourism Corridors Association (ACTC), had met with the owners of several hectares in the General Lavalle area, very close to the Mar de Ajó roundabout, to discuss the possibility of building a racetrack there, something which finally happened.

Thus, that appointment of Santa Teresita remained in history as the last one on the road. They were 60 years of tradition, of roasts on the side of the road, of the public arriving en masse at dawn to be in the best place ... It was a blow to the essence, although logical and necessary to avoid fatal accidents. Much influenced the decision the deaths of Robert Mouras 1992 in Lobos and Osvaldo morresi in 1994 in La Plata.

Aquel February 16, 1997, Eduardo Ramos had the honor of scoring as the last semi-permanent winner. It seemed that victory would go to Roberto Urretavizcaya, but Tito punished his car badly by hitting the pianos and broke the right front cover. Lalo inherited the lead in the times and then surpassed Omar Martinez to also command on the track and thus achieve victory.

In this way, Ramos continued with his good streak since he had won the last date of the 1996 tournament in Balcarce in the middle of a controversy because it was suspected that he had used a five-speed gearbox (which was to be homologated from 1997) instead of the usual four.

For all that, the one from Mechongué took advantage of this success to make his download: “I dedicate this victory to those who said that in Balcarce I won with another box. I tell them that today I won with a four-speed ... I didn't cheat, but there were people who wanted to get me dirty and I don't know why ".

Eduardo Ramos heading to victory in Santa Teresita. Photo: Jorge Marchesin.

The former champion, who debuted in the best way in the team of Juan Forciniti using the Falcon that in the previous season they had run Oscar Fineschi y Walter Hernandez, stated about the competition: “In my series I broke the differential and there was not much time for the Final. That is why I had to change the relationship. I did the whole race thoroughly even though the multiplication change was a risk ”.

The Ford Fiesta was completed with second place for Martinez, who recovered from a mistake in a restart. While Traverso completed the podium and debuted with a great result the "1" achieved the previous year. In addition, the Skinny saved the honor of the Chevrolet since the other referents "goats" had no luck: William Ortelli abandoned due to an engine problem, Fabian Acuna had a bad debut with the brand after defecting due to an electrical failure, Emilio Satriano hit the chassis and Luis Minervino was the victim of an unreliable driver.

Today the Tuyú Triangle is already a memory. After that test that Ramos won, the ACTC decided not to do more road races due to the insecurity of this type of semi-permanent and the technical evolution that the category had reached.

The romantics say that on February 16, 1997, the essence of the category was lost forever; others -the most optimistic- that that Sunday the TC began to write a new chapter in its rich history.

Related content


autoworld is the blog about news from the automotive industry, motorsport and the culture of the region. Director: Diego Durruti.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Back to top button
This website uses its own and third-party cookies for its proper functioning and for analytical purposes and to show you advertising related to your preferences based on a profile prepared from your browsing habits. By clicking the Accept button, you agree to the use of these technologies and the processing of your data for these purposes. More information
Privacy policy

Adblock Detected

Consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker