At the beginning of October 2018, numerous teams with their classics built between 1940 and 1972 in Mexico went in search of what was once the world’s toughest rally – the La Carrera Panamericana. Over a distance of 3000 kilometers, the teams drive through Mexico at an average speed of up to 180 km / h.
The traditional rally was launched in 1950. She followed the route of the Panamericana, a freeway that connects North and South America over several thousand kilometers. It was a real race and accordingly dangerous, the guardrails or security run-off zones did not exist then. Very quickly, the Panamericana got a dreaded reputation, because it happened more often fatal accidents. Therefore, the race was banned from 1954 and did not take place once again.
Only in 1988, the new edition of the La Carrera Panamericana was re-launched. The new edition has been imposed as a vintage car race. The security measures have been increased, but who thinks that this is a nice keline trip through Mexico, is wrong. The Panamericana is still a real race. Only the requirements for participation are much stricter. The vehicles must have certain safety requirements such as roll bars, bucket seats and double hood locks. Driver and passenger need refractory racing suits, helmets and a chain with their blood type. Several medical teams follow the field. And yet there are always serious accidents every year, because the track requires real driving skills. Although the routes are closed to public transport, the pavement of the roads is not always designed for the speed of the vehicles. Quickly loses the liability at a dome and drives instead into the curve straight ahead into deep abysses.
In advance, the organizers proclaimed that the tourist aspect would be more prominent this year. One would have chosen the routes extra so that the teams could see beautiful cities and landscapes.
The rally started in the main square in Oaxaca de Juarez in front of the cherry of Santo Domingo. On the first day of the rally, all drivers were allowed to make a lap on the track of Hermanos Rodriquez. This lap of honor took place before the actual F1 start.
On the second day, we headed north to Mexico City, where thousands of motorsport fans were already waiting in front of the Palacio de Bellas Artes to greet them with great cheers. The next days we went further north of Mexico and led through Queretaro. The next day, the teams reached the Pan-American continent and crossed San Miquel. After three days, the drivers reached the destination El Espinazo del Diablo.
Team Emilio Velázquez and Christian Coronel are the winners of the 31st edition of La Carrera Panamericana after more than three thousand kilometers.
The participants from Oaxaca drove a total time of 5:18:45 minutes and have thus won the winning trophy. As the second fastest team Hilaire and Laura Damiron drove with a total time of 5:20:09 minutes over the finish line.