4×4 Guaytacama-Ecuador-Stuck in the Mud

Imagine a fun family day out at the 4×4 race track. Well, it is fun really, but maybe not  so much for the competitors, on a cloudy, but dry day in June, in a small village in the Ecuadorian highlands.
The day should have started at 10.30 am, at least that’s what all the posters said.  But we knew better, and arrived at 1.30pm, went straight to get some hornado and asked the lady serving us how long had the event been going and her reply was: it hasn´t started yet. Oh well, glad we weren’t in a rush to get there.

After a delicious hornado we walked towards the track  and just at the start was the first was car in place and awaiting the Queen of Guaytacama to come and wave the flag, through the mud she walked to do her duty, for all of 30 sec. and then off she went.

The first few cars finished the course, but from there onwards the track was such a mess and the disorganization that came with the event you knew you had to be in  Ecuador. Only a couple more cars made it to the end.  There were more cars broken down dotted around the course than finishers.

There wasn´t a safety vehicle so be seen either in the form of a policemen, ambulance or fire brigade. The policemen normally at least come and check it out just for their own amusment.

We got some fun photos and had a great time.

The one on the left tried to pass the broken down car. But also got stuck for a couple of minutes.

It took the organizers or disorganizers around 20 minutes to get this car out.

Another one bites the dust


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