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
We've just arrived at the entrance to Vidigal in a Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi, a charming tin can of a thing you could dent with your little finger. It also doesn't have air-conditioning or power steering, so its driver - me - is perspiring freely in the humidity of what was once rainforest. Children are running around merrily, and there's a huddle of shops, including a fruit and veg one and a general store. The road ahead spirals off up the mountainside, the improvised dwellings on either side of it magically failing to collapse into each other. There isn't a flicker on the face of the UPP officer leaning against the whitewashed wall opposite, but he lets his rifle drop slightly as he sees us. No threat here.