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Daring the Darien info?
Posted by: eddieb ()
Date: January 05, 2018 12:19PM

I know some video of this is on You Tube but is there a full account of this event from start to finish somewhere. Like to know who came up with this idea,what was involved etc. EddieB Dade city Fl (currently 55 degrees).

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Re: Daring the Darien info?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 05, 2018 12:24PM

I'm pretty sure the Youtube videos are the same as was on the History Channel...

In 1961, a Chevrolet dealer in Chicago sponsored an attempt to cross the Darien Gap.

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Re: Daring the Darien info?
Date: January 05, 2018 12:44PM

The Lost Corvair - a most excellent summary and account of the discovery of the third Corvair...

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Re: Daring the Darien info?
Posted by: Caveman_1960 ()
Date: January 05, 2018 01:56PM

One of the reasons for the 1961 trip through the Darien Gap was the previous year's trip with three red 1960 Corvairs from Chicago down to Panama. That trip was documented by the film "From Here to There". All three 1960 Corvairs finished the journey. The trip was sponsored by Chevrolet through their advertising agency. The dealership that did the actual trip was a very well placed Corvette specialist dealer; Dick Doane of Doane Chevrolet in Dundee, Illinois. Little known fact - Mr. Doane himself participated in the trip and upon return to the States was diagnosed with a form of Jungle Fever. He died about a decade later of a heart problem but his life expectancy may have been shortened by his time in the jungle!

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Re: Daring the Darien info?
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: January 06, 2018 05:39AM

That's very interesting. When I was El Presidente of Corvair Minnesota about 20 years ago, I purchased the Jam Handy VHS video and showed it at a meeting. It must be around here somewhere...
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