7 Gold (car) - 7 de Oro (automóvil)
|Other names||The 7th of Gold|
|Parent company||General Motors of Argentina|
|Maker||Jorge Pedersoli and Omar Wilke|
|Factories|| San Martín , |
province of Buenos Aires
|Car bodies||Two door coupe|
|Setting||Longitudinal 6-cylinder in-line front engine, with 4-speed gearbox and RWD|
|Dimensions|| 4860 / 1840 / |
1420 / 2820 mm
|Similar|| Dodge GTX |
7 Gold is the nickname with which he was popularly known a race car that competed in the Argentina of road racing , called Turismo Carretera . It was a Chevrolet Chevy car refurbished for competition that was built by preparers Omar Wilke and Jorge Pedersoli and that was used by the General Motors Official Dealers Commission for its participation as the official team of that brand within the aforementioned category. Its driving was in charge of the renowned Argentine pilot Roberto Mouras and it was released in 1976 .
With this car, Mouras would compete in the 1976 , 1977 and 1978 championships , fighting a duel among others with the representatives of the official Ford Motor Argentina team , dominating the category for those years. The nickname with which this car was baptized was a conjunction between the color of the sponsor that almost entirely painted this vehicle (the Old Smuggler whiskey brand ) and the identification number that Mouras used in 1976, corresponding to its final position in the 1975 tournament .
This car entered the history of Road Tourism , because its pilot Roberto Mouras would achieve with it to consolidate the unbreakable mark of six consecutive wins in 1976 , which to date has not been surpassed. This string of triumphs fed the illusion of the followers of the Chevrolet brand to dream of the first championship of the Chevy model, positioning Mouras within the TC gallery of great values. However, the results obtained would not be enough and the year would end with the runner-up, behind Héctor Luis Gradassi of the official Ford team.. Currently, a replica of this model rests in the Roberto Mouras Museum, located in the town of Carlos Casares . This prototype is one of the most revered in the history of Road Tourism , with replicas of it being made by supporters of the brand.
History of the 7 de Oro
It was in 1976 , when the official team of the General Motors Dealers Commission decided to prepare to face a new tournament, in which they would once again have the preparation team for their cars led by the pair formed by Jorge Pedersoli and Omar Wilke. Likewise, Roberto Mouras would once again be confirmed as the team's main driver, who in the previous year would manage to reach the seventh position. [ 1 ]
For this tournament, Mouras would start the year again on his red Chevy coupe, acquired the previous year and with which he would reach seventh place in 1975 . However, in the Wilke and Pedersoli workshops, the production of a completely new Chevy unit began to take place, which would end up replacing this red Chevy.
The year would start in a promising way, reaching Mouras to climb the third step of the podium with the red Chevy. However, he had to wait until the third date to be able to achieve his first victory of the year. The appointment was on May 9, 1976 at the Vuelta de Bahía Blanca, thus initiating the most important task of his sports career, starting a string of six victories that would end up inscribing a brand in the history of Road Tourism. highest consecutive number of victories that to date could never be surpassed. Roberto Mouras also got into the history of the TC. [ 2 ]
However, of those six wins only three would be achieved by Mouras and his "7 de Oro", since the first three dates were raced with the car painted red. [ 3 ] The golden color would come a few dates later, thanks to an agreement reached by the engineer Ricardo Joseph, in charge of the sports development department of General Motors , with the Hiram Walker distillery to sponsor the vehicle with the famous brand of whiskeys Old Smuggler almost exclusively, which would finally give the car its trademark golden color. In this way, combining the sponsor's color with the Mouras identification number obtained in 1975, the popular ingenuity would begin to denominate this unit as "The 7 of Pentacles", also referring to the card of the Spanish deck of high value in the trick game .
With the Chevy already converted into the "7 of Pentacles", Mouras would take his fourth, fifth and sixth consecutive triumphs, having previously obtained the first three with the Chevy painted red. In this way, Mouras would finish consolidating his personal brand, which would end up going down in history without being able to be broken today. The history of the 7 de Oros would end with the obtaining of the runner-up in 1976 and with his farewell in 1978 , being presented a twin car that was driven first by Esteban Fernandino in 1977 and then by Jorge Recalde in 1978, the latter obtaining the Chevrolet's only win in 1978. His departure from the TC also occurred as a result of the closure of the Argentine subsidiary of General Motors , representing the departure of one of the most important brands in the Argentine automotive market.
Mouras' six consecutive wins in 1976
|1||May 9 , 1976||Tour of Bahía Blanca||Roberto Mouras||Chevrolet Chevy||188,694|
|2||June 13 , 1976||Tour of Las Flores - SM del Monte||Roberto Mouras||Chevrolet Chevy||188,776|
|3||July 25 , 1976||Return of Olavarría||Roberto Mouras||Chevrolet Chevy||201.350|
|4||September 05, 1976||Circuit of Laboulaye||Roberto Mouras||Chevrolet Chevy||208,299|
|5||September 19, 1976||Return of San Miguel del Monte||Roberto Mouras||Chevrolet Chevy||190,954|
|6||October 10, 1976||Return of Olavarría||Roberto Mouras||Chevrolet Chevy||201,399|
|Red||Race earned with a red Chevy coupe|
|Dorado||Race obtained with the "7 de Oro"|
1977 and 1978
In 1977 General Motors maintained the color of its unit to face the new tournament, as well as the sponsorship of Old Smuggler . The only mandatory variant for this year was the number that went from 7 to 2, for the runner-up obtained by Mouras. At the same time, a few dates later, the team put a similar unit on track, which was entrusted to the pilot Esteban Fernandino . This 1977 would not have the same shine as the previous year, but it would be enough for Mouras to add two more victories to his record and to finish the tournament in third place.
In 1978 , the team once again presented a single unit under the command of Roberto Mouras , but on the second date it would add one more car, this time driven by ex- Ford , Jorge Recalde , who would get on the ex-Fernandino Chevy, who decided to be absent from this championship. This year, the team had bad experiences, firstly due to a particular accident involving Mouras that took him out of the tournament for the rest of the year and secondly, due to the closure of General Motors of Argentinaat the end of that year. However, the good faces came from the new incorporation of the team, Jorge Raúl Recalde, who on board his Chevy identified with the number 5, would manage to take a victory on the fifth date of the tournament, but managing to close the tournament in the 17th location. After this tournament, the car known as "El 7 de Oro" would close its participation in Road Tourism , reaching a total of 8 victories, 6 of them consecutively, with Roberto Mouras at the wheel, while his twin brother, piloted first by Esteban Fernandino in 1977 and then by Jorge Recalde in 1978 , he would obtain a triumph in the hands of the latter.
Victories in 1977
|1||August 14, 1977||Return of Olavarría||Roberto Mouras||Chevrolet Chevy||201,131|
|2||September 18, 1977||Autodromo of Buenos Aires||Roberto Mouras||Chevrolet Chevy||168,564|
Victories in 1978
|1||May 21, 1978||Autódromo de Allen||Jorge Recalde||Chevrolet Chevy||123,641|
|Runner-up||Road Tourism||Roberto Mouras||1976 season|
After the official Chevrolet team had been dissolved , as a result of the closure of General Motors production in 1978 , the vehicle that was known by the nickname "El 7 de Oro", would end up being acquired by the driver from the town of Necochea Juan Alberto Occhionero, who would use it to start his sports campaign in 1979 . With the former 7 de Oro, painted completely yellow with black highlights and under the training of Carlos Pico, Occhionero would manage to present a fight to the aces of the moment, reaching a very important victory in the Semi-permanent Circuit of General Pico , Province of La Pampa, on October 21, 1979. This victory would allow Occhionero to present a fight to pilots such as Oscar Aventín , Héctor Gradassi , Jorge Recalde and Francisco Espinosa among others, closing the championship with a notable third place (behind the champion Espinosa and the runner-up Aventín) demonstrating the intact potential of his unit, even after the departure of the official Chevrolet team . With this unit, the "Colorado de Necochea" would continue to develop his career throughout the 1980s, until in 1989 , while he was playing a competition in the semi-permanent circuit of Tandil., suffered a severe accident that would end up destroying this iconic vehicle. After this incident, Occhionero would donate the remains of this car for restoration to the executive committee of the Roberto Mouras Museum in the town of Carlos Casares . In this way, the sporting history of this emblematic model would be closed, whose most important parts would finally be reused for the assembly of a replica of the car with which Roberto Mouras achieved the 1976 runner-up and the unbreakable record of 6 consecutive victories. Today, this replica, armed with parts of the original car, rests in the pilot's museum in the town of Carlos Casares .