TG drives the Kombi in Brazil
It's one of TG magazine's greatest ever adventures: a white-knuckle ride around the favelas in a new, 50s-style Kombi van
Posted: 11 Oct 2013
It's unquestionably fun to drive, though, once the physics of forward motion have reduced the effort needed to turn the wheel from Herculean to merely muscular. We head to Urca, a wealthy bit of Rio in the Zona Sul, dominated by a military base. That doesn't prevent it from being awash with stunning street art. When not fighting evil drug lords, Rio's legislators found time to pass a law decriminalising street art, assuming the owner of the affected building is happy. It's that kind of city. (Take note, Boris.) Urca is tucked away in a bay, the tree-lined streets and lush vegetation another clue to its sub-tropical location, and even the rocks here have graffiti. It's not so much a neighbourhood as a giant canvas.