Tractions Sans Frontières Andes Raid starts
Franco-Belgian organization Traction Sans Frontières has launched the 2012 “Raid de la Cordillera”, a caravan that includes more than 20 Citroën models from the 1930s that are currently taking on the routes of 30 different cities in Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. Having started in Buenos Aires, the tour will go through some mystical landscapes for an entire month, finishing back in Buenos Aires on March 13.
Since 2005, Tractions Sans Frontières (TSF) combines the passion for old cars, adventures in faraway lands and charity. TSF was born from the dream of classic car collectors and true adventurers who decided to carry out charity events in each of the tours the organization puts together.
TSF’s main goal is to collect new materials (or in excellent condition) no longer used to be taken to the places where they are needed.
TSF President Philippe Lasson indicated that “clothing, toys, educational materials and products needed for daily life are carried on these Drives and 2CVs . We also have a truck that was donated to us by the Corrèze fire department of France to transport large objects such as wheelchairs, refrigerators, bicycles, etc.”
Citroën Argentina Marketing Director Valentina Solari highlighted that “it's a great pleasure for Citroën Argentina that organizers have chosen our country for the start and finish line of the 2012 Cordillera Raid. As usual, Citroën maintains its adventurer image, always being involved in adventurous expeditions that have been part of history like the 1923 Traveseé du Sahara, the 1924 Croisière Noire and later the Raid Afrique in 1973, among others.”
Likewise, Solari said participants “will live unique moments in the next 30 days as they go through magnificent landscapes that exceed all expectations on board the Citroën Traction and 2CV”, and added, “We’d also like to congratulate this excellent group of people focused on bringing solidarity to whatever place they go, thus giving a really touching example.”
This year’s raid is the culmination of a long preparation plan that took almost two years as the tour takes more than 8,000 kilometres starting in Buenos Aires and including cities like Iguazú (Argentina), Dourados and Fazenda San Francisco (Brazil), Chiquitana region in Bolivia as well as the Bolivian Altiplano, the Titicaca Lake, Uyuni, La Quiaca, Purmamarca, Salta, Tucumán and Rosario, among other beautiful places.