We're doing the La Carrera Panamericana
Over in Mexico our long term #TeamOmologato driver Ryan Champion is about to start the legendary La Carrera Panamericana in a 1963 Ford Falcon.
The idea of building the Panamericana Highway stretches right back to 1889 and the basic route was penciled in before 1925. It was old before it was new.
Nothing specific was done in Canada or the United States. After all, their roads were already built.
But the Latin American states saw it as an opportunity to link themselves with the richer countries to the north and took to it with enthusiasm.
The Panamericana Highway is so big that it took fourteen countries to build it, from Alaska to southern Chile and Argentina. Mexico finished its section first, in 1950, and celebrated with the Carrera Panamericana road race.
A road race the likes of which the world has never quite seen since, nor fully recovered from.
La Carrera Panamericana - known as the deadliest race in the world – in an era of astonishingly deadly races like the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio – the first five-day event was won by Hershel McGriff’s Oldsmobile.
We're delighted to be part of it this year. As we always say "when it comes to subject matter, we live it!"