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Off Road Rally in Águas da Prata and The Story of the Vigilante Rodoviário


On Sunday November 26 there was an off-road rally here in Águas da Prata.

I didn't participate but we heard them roar by our street in the morning, sirens, horns and engines all revved up. It was raining and they went up the west mountain into the farm, "Fazenda Verde" and beyond. I ran out to take photos but missed them. We could see them going up the mountain from our verandah.

Late in the day we heard them returning, sirens, horns and engines all revved up again. I rushed out with my camera again and once again I missed them. But I went down to the Thermos and there were a bunch parked there.

They must have had a wonderful time because they were all covered in mud!!!!

Here are the photos I took of them, parked, after the Rally!




Mud!




Nice way to park!




Is this a Late Model Jeep?




Not as much mud on these two!




With all the mud and stickers how can he see where he is going?




Look at the keys in the door. Very trusting indeed!




Here is a Suzuki!




This guy may have won. Look at his collection of mud!




Maybe this guy beat him!




This guy surely didn't go on the rally but it was his siren we heard. Isn't this a beauty?




Another view of the car. It is very famous. It parks in the Police Station on the Highway. It was an actual Police Car and saw many years of service. The owner is Carlos Miranda, a retired actor and Policeman.




One of these days I will find out more about the Rallys and maybe actually ride in one so I can get some real action photos over the course. After all, a little mud never hurt anyone!

Now read all about Carlos and his car and his careers in the next Post!


Photos by Urso Branco

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Carlos Miranda, Vigilante Rodoviário

Carlos Miranda was an actor in a series of movies made for TV in 1961. He played the role of a Highway Patrolman (Vigilante Rodoviário) with a Police Dog named Lobo. After the series was completed he was allowed to keep the Lobo and the Police Car, a 1961 Simca Chamborg .

When he left the acting business he went to the police academy and became a real Policeman.

He served in São Paulo and retired in Águas da Prata where he now lives. He parks the car in the Police Station and brings it out for ceremonial occasions such as the Off Road Rally.

To read more about Carlos go to

http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/r/rodovaiario.htm

Go here to read more about the Simca Chambord (English translation)

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pt&u=http://www2.uol.com.br/bestcars/classicos/simca-1.htm&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=5&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dsimca%2Bchambord%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DG



Here is the promotional material he hands out now.




On the back there is a photo of Carlos on a Harley Davidson. I think he looks a little like Marlon Brando in that photo.

(Scroll down to read the text in Portuguese and English.)




Here is where the 1961 Simca Chambord is parked today.




This is the Polícia Battalion sign.


This is what the writing says on the back of Carlos' card.


(Scroll down for the English Translation)

Em 1961 o Brasil foi surpreendido com o lançamento da primeira série de filmes produzida especialmente para a televisão, pioneira em toda a America Latina. Ari Fernandes e Alfredo Palácios foram os idealizadores.A eles se juntou um jovem ator oriundo do Teatro Popular do Sesi, escolhido para personificar o primeiro herói de filmes para a TV 0 programa surpreendeu a todos e já na primeira semana tornou-se a maior audiência em todo o pais. Esse herói teve também o mérito de ser o primeiro ator a se tornar verdadeiramente o personagem e ingressar no prestigiado Guiness Book. Sua carreira na Policia Militar foi marcada pela colaboração nos mais diversos eventos dirigidos as crianças, na elaboração dos programas de aproximação da população com as atividades da corporação, com a Semana da Criança, dos programas na TV Excelsior e na TV Bandeirantes, do primeiro laboratório de fotografia, de cinema e da primeira revista dirigida a estudantes do primeiro e segundo graus. Após sua passagem para a reserva, o Vigilante Rodoviário continua sua trajetória em quase todas as cidades brasileiras levando, a universidades, escolas e encontros de carros antigos, o trabalho que a Policia Militar desenvolve em prol da população.



Translation:

In 1961 Brazil was surprised with the release of the first of a series of films produced especially for TV, made totaly in Latin America. Ari Fernandes and Alfredo Palacios created the series. Getting together with them, a young artist (Carlos Miranda) coming from the Popular Theater Sesi, was choosen to be the first TV movie hero. The program was a big surprise and was a success all over the country from the first week. This hero was also the first actor to incorporate his role into real life and had his character inserted into the Guiness Book. His career in the Military Police was marked by his colaberation in programs dedicated to the kids like in the Children's Week, TV programs for TV Excelsior and TV Bandeirantes, the first cinema photography laboratory and the first children's magazine. After his active service he, the Vigilante Rodoviario, continues his work with the kids, going to Universities, schools, and antique car meetings developing the work the Military Police offers to the population.



Photos by Urso Branco

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What the Press Wrote!

XI Encontro Off-Road de Águas da Prata e um sucesso


Dezenas de jipeiros de várias cidades prestigiam evento


O JARDINENSE 08 dezembro de 2006
(scroll down for English translation)

Nos dias 25 e 26 de novembro aconteceu, no Balneário Teotônio Vilela; o XI Encontro Off-Road de Aguas da Prata.

No sábado, 25, as festividades iniciaram-se com um lindo desfile de modas com roupas das lojas Saia Justa e PatyDu, que encantou a todos pela beleza das. garotas, rapazes modelos infantis, bem como pela qualidade das peças apresentadas. Após o desfile acanteceu o Show do Barzinho, uma idéia brilhante de reunir no mesmo palco artistas pratenses que normalmente se apresentam em bares, e que deram um verdadeiro espetáculo musical ao público. Em seguida teve pago-de que durou toda a noite.



No domingo, 26, logo cedo a agitação era grande nas proximidades do Balneário, com os jipeiros se inscrevendo e tomando posição para a largada da trilha. A trilha escolhida foi de uma beleza sensacional, passando por propriedades que nunca haviam sido abertas a visitação e desta vez cederam seus caminhos para deslumbre dos participantes. A chuvinha que persistia ate ao início da tarde garantiu a adrenalina durante o trajeto.

Participaram do evento jipeiros de inúmeras cidades, como Águas da Prata, São João da Boa Vista, São Jose do Rio Pardo, Espírito Santo do Pinhal, Andradas, Santo Antônio do Jardim, Amparo, São Paulo, São Sebastiao da Grama e outras.

Belas paisagens, integração corn a natureza, espírito aventureiro e muito companheirismo foram alguns pontos fortes do encontro.

Realização do Jeep Clube de Águas da Prata, com total apoio da Prefeitura Municipal, o evento foi organizado por Luciana Alves Perinotti, que mais uma vez mostrou sua competência.

Photos from O JARDINENSE

Fashion Show



The Start of the Rally


Jipeiros ready to roll (even in the rain).


Ready to go!


Gentlemen . . Start your engines!!


Belas paisagens, integração com a natureza, espírito adventureiro e muito companheirismo foram alguns pontos fortes do encontro.

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