It was the 25th running of the modern "La Carrera Panamericana" thru main-land Mexico, seven days, 3000kms, unlimited speed sections on public roads. In Carson's words, "Hee Haa!" Lauren was the co-piloto and navigator on the adventure. In what you ask? How about the ol' girl as Carson calls her, a 1954 4000lb. Ford Victoria running a "Y" block V8. They ran in the original Pan Am class which included cars from 1940-1954 that could have run in the early days of the race. There are, of course, other classes for cars such as Mustangs, Cadillacs, Vettes and later Porsche 356 models and even 911s, but nothing newer than 1970.
|Carson and Lauren book-it around the corner in the 'ol girl.|
It's a seven day race with stops in seven cities starting in Veracruz and ending in Zacatecas. As Lauren put it, "When you arrive in each of these cities, you're treated like rock stars passing out custom made cards that are supplied for each car and signing autographs. The towns people go crazy over this event."
However, not all was fun and games. They usually lose one or two cars to accidents each day, but on day three, there were six very bad accidents, five of them in one corner with cars going off and over the side and down a hill, Porsche 911s, a Studebaker, an Alfa and Mercedes-Benz. The good news, there were only minor injuries. One of Lauren's friends, Pepe, was one of the press for the race and took some incredible photos of the incident. This leads me to the safety requirements for the event. Tech of the drivers equipment prior to the event included, suits, shoes, helmets, Hans devices, gloves. The cars were checked for turn signals, headlights, a roll cage, belts, seats, fire suppression systems, fuel cells, tires and wheels. One needs to remember, this is a race.
Their main competitor in the "Original Class " was a retired F1 driver and 3 times Le Mans winner ( Porsche 917s ) Dutchman Gijs van Lennep, driving a beautiful pre '55 356 Porsche that you will see in the photos with Lauren. He was quick in the twisties but Carson and Lauren managed to pull ahead overall at the finish.
|How would like to run a 300SL though Mexico?|
|How about an old Dodge to race with?|
|Gijs van Lennep and Lauren on the pre-'55. Image via Lauren Scheller|
|Carson enjoying the moment. Image via Lauren Scheller|
|There's always time for a smile, a stogie and a photo-opp. Image via Lauren Scheller|
|Three ol' Fords ready for the race. Image via Lauren Scheller|
|Jose' watching the action hanging from the windshield. Image via Lauren Scheller|
|Pepe' got this photo of two 911s, an Alfa, a Studebaker and Mercedes-Benz|
|It may live to race another day after pulled from the ravine. Image via Lauren Scheller|
|Here comes the Paparazzi. Image via Lauren Scheller|
|Feelin' like a "Rock Star." Image via Lauren Scheller|
|Party time! Image via Lauren Scheller|
|Lauren and Carson coming home as winners. Image via Lauren Scheller|
It's an interesting blog to read with day to day reporting from Lauren. One tip, read it in reverse to get the true flavor. Here is the blog site: http://www.lscheller.blogspot.com/ and you can check out all the photos by clicking here.
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