Automoto Filming in Brazil – April 16, 2017

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Summary


Meeting With the Journalist Jean-Pierre Gagick (TF1)

We received a phone call from Jean-Pierre Gagick a few weeks ago in preparation for the filming of Automoto on 16/04/2017. A report on Volkswagen in Brazil couldn’t be limited to only modern vehicles and we were asked to open the kombi Volkswagen doors to the TF1 cameras. We couldn’t refuse the invitation, naturally.

More than 300.000 Kombi T1 Splits were produced in Brazil. Including the T2 Bay Window models, that makes more than 1,6 million kombis of Brazilian origin. In the market of collector vehicles, Brazil is one of the biggest exporters of these legendary micro-buses. Moreover, locally made or original spare parts are easily accessible and customizing or restoring T1 and T2s in specialized workshops, with quality handiwork is available at attractive prices

Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Jean-Pierre Gagick en tournage à São Paulo - Combi Brésil
Jean-Pierre Gagick during filming in a restoration workshop in São Paulo.

Cyprien Hoffet from www.combibresil.com accompanied the Automoto team over two exceptional days on the coast of Rio de Janeiro and in specialized workshops in São Paulo. 


Road Trip in a VW Kombi between São Paulo et Rio de Janeiro

Heading to Paraty

We met up at dawn at a small gas station in the outskirts of São Paulo with Thiago, the owner of the Kombi T1 loaned to us for the filming of Automoto.

It’s 6 in the morning, in the scorching sun, the day ahead looks good. We filled the tanks and took off!

Automoto du 16 avril 2017 au Brésil avec Cyprien Hoffet de www.combibresil.com en Combi T1 Split
Kombi T1 Split loaned to  TF1
Cyprien Hoffet de www.combibresil.com
Cyprien Hoffet from www.combibresil.com

After three hours on the highway between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, we headed towards Cunha, a small town in the mountains of Serra do Mar, a mountain range that overhangs the coasts of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Tournage Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - En route en combi brésilien - Combi Brésil
The Serra do Mar pass between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

 

We still had about 100 km to meet up with the Automoto team in Paraty, which is also written Parati. The word comes from the Tupi language, the same name of the indigenous tribe from the region.

 

The sun was strong and the engine started to overheat. April is in the fall in Brazil, but the heat was still noticeable. Before going down towards Paraty, we decided to take a small break at the waterfalls; Cachoeira do Pimenta et Cachoeira do Desterro.

Cascade près de Cunha dans la Serra do Mar entre São Paulo et Rio de Janeiro (Cachoeira do Desterro)
Waterfall near Cunha in the Serra do mar (Cachoeira do Desterro)

We met up at 12 pm with Automoto. At the moment we hadn’t skipped a beat

Tournage Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Arrêt entre São Paulo et Paraty - Vue latérale T1 - Combi Brésil

We hit the road again…

Tournage Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Arrêt en montagne entre São Paulo et Paraty - Combi Brésil

Taking the Cunha route towards Paraty is always a great pleasure. The landscape is vivid and our eyes were always filled with great views!

Descente de la Serra do Mar vers Paraty

Going down the Serra do Mar towards Paraty

And then …pfffff… a flat tire!

Tournage Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Crevaison classique entre São Paulo et Paraty - Combi Brésil

No worries! Thiago had everything he needed to change the tire. The cameras were turned towards Combi Kombi so being late wasn’t an option!

Tournage Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Petite crevaison entre São Paulo et Paraty - Combi Brésil

Arrival at Paraty!! Cyprien couldn’t hide his joy… But we were definitely spoiled. A strong vibrant sun welcomed us to this magnificent colonial town. Paraty is an exceptional cultural center, located on the Rio de Janeiro coast line “in the Bay of 365 islands”.

Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Reportage Vokswagen accompagné de Cyprien Hoffet de Combi Brésil

Automoto Filming in Brazil - April 16, 2017

Automoto Filming in Brazil - April 16, 2017

Tournage Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Vue de la baie de Paraty - Rio de Janeiro - Combi Brésil

We parked “Katarina” in the shade, she had quite the drive! in Brazil, Kombi is feminine (uma kombi, in Portuguese).

Tournage Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Equipier brésilien - Combi Brésil

Tournage Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Combi T1 Split face avant - Combi Brésil


Filming on the Picturesque Roads of Paraty

Now work begins! Jean-Pierre Gagick, the journalist from Automoto and Yann the cameraman don’t waist a second! The Kombi T1 Split that was provided to us appears on the screen along with the newest edition of the VW Saveiro, the compact pick-up derived from the Volkswagen Brazil Gol.

Automoto du 16 avril 2017 - Reportage Vokswagen à Paraty - Rio de Janeiro - Combi Brésil

The first shots are taken in front of the hotel, facing the sea. Filming continues all day in the town, then on the coastal road back towards São Paulo. On the beaten path, cameras on board and drone in hand!

See all the pictures of the filming…


Visiting the Restoration Workshops in São Paulo

The second day of filming took place at Rizzo, a restorer specialized in T1 and T2 Kombis with whom we work. The visit starts in a work shop where the restoration and customization. jobs take place. Then we visited a hanger where Kombis are stocked that will be restored in the next weeks for out clients. We are quite discrete about the location, since there is a small fortune there.

See the photos behind our exclusive visit.


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