By Mike Garrison
Current IFMAR 1/8 Offroad World Champion, Cody King, and his mechanic/father Paul King recently made the trip to the Worlds Warmup race in Argentina.
As it is becoming more and more popular these days for top level athletes and racers to have a website or blog of their own, it is always entertaining to read what they have going on in their world. By far one of the most entertaining in the R/C industry to read is the King family R/C site/blog.
Cody and Paul have put together a wrap-up report from the Worlds Warm-Up in Argentina, and lets just say this adventure is one of the craziest we've read yet!
Coming into Argentina was a little wild. If you are a first time American traveler, there is a $160 fee. This part was easy. The “visa” is good for 10 years, so we will not have to pay it again in December. They took credit cards, you got a receipt, and they put a label in your passport. All this was aboveboard.
When everyone was waiting to get their passports stamped, we started thinking, “geeze, we have a lot of guys with a lot of luggage and crates, maybe we should go through one by one with the bags.” With that, Cody and I went through customs, pushed our bags into the x-ray machines, and after a few questions about the tires we were on our way. We didn’t realize how lucky we were!
Customs: Hold on to Your Wallet..
Basically everyone behind us got stopped. It was so bad at one point, everyone’s parts and tires were being held hostage for “duty fees.” These fees varied from $500 per person, to $500 per group. They also wanted it in US Dollars, in cash, and there was no receipt. At one point I think they were requesting something like $2000 for 3 boxes of tires...."
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