Proud of Mexico and its events, La Carrera Panamericana represents an icon of classic motor sport internationally.

It emerged to celebrate the inauguration of the recently created Pan-American Highway in 1950 continuing until 1954 and was organized by the President of the Republic Miguel Alemán, since then it has been considered with the same importance and spectacularity of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia and the Florio Targa.

The experience of racing has attracted legends of the Formula 1 of the past and of our times …

Passing by Piero Taruffi, Juan Manuel Fangio, Clay Regazzoni or Stefan Johansson, but also to characters like David Gilmour and Nick Mason of the legendary British band Pink Floyd.

Starting from its modern era, around 80 classic cars of competition with pilots and co-drivers of more than 14 nationalities, will travel more than 3,000 km throughout our country starting on October 12 of this year, we begin with the classification stage in Oaxaca to continue through Mexico City, Querétaro, Morelia, San Miguel de Allende, Zacatecas to end on October 18 in Durango.

To carry out this iconic competition a staff of more than 100 professionals with all the technical, security and logistics experience in the field of motorsport and rallies.

Known worldwide in its initial stage as the Mexican Road Race, the automotive sports competition would eventually receive the name of La Carrera Panamericana, La Carrera; This rally-type sporting event was listed as one of the most important in its kind due to the amplitude of the course, which even exceeded that of the Thousand Miles and Targa Florio of Italy.

The competition quickly gained international recognition and attracted the attention of speed lovers to Mexico, a country that gained fame as an exotic and economic tourist destination that offered great possibilities. They were the fifties and in those days the broadcasting of the fair was done by radio in national territory, and the rest of the world through film and various reports.

Throughout its editions, this automotive event has attracted the attention of iconic pilots of each era. The star drivers of the fifties made their appearance in La Carrera mounted aboard renowned vehicles such as Ferrari, Osca, Lancia, Mercedes, Porsche or Masserati, in addition to the North American Ford and Oldsmobile

The history of La Carrera is divided into two stages: the old one that goes from 1950 to 1954; and the modern one that relaunched the course in 1988. It was during the old stage that the Pan-American Race gained its prestige at international level, being for that reason denominated like the years of gold of the Pan-American Race.

Javier Solana Testimonial in 1950
Javier Solana participated as co-pilot of his brother, José Antonio "El Viejo" Solana, in car number 29, NASH, during the 1st Pan-American Race in 1950. His participation was recorded as follows:
"It was undoubtedly the most important race in the world, because it attracted the best drivers and cars, like the world champions Alberto Ascari, Herman Lang, Scarfiotti, Taruffi, Trevoux, Fangio, Johny Mantz, Vucovitch, Mc Griff, Tom Deal, Cabalen , Bonetto, Segura, Maglioi, Phil Hill; by Mexico to Leal Solaraes, Ché Estrada Menocal, Solana, Razo Maciel, Iglesias, among others. The atmosphere was indescribable, the service cars roamed the stages at night to wait in the finish line for their pilots. In the afternoon, with the tranquility of having covered the stage and finished the service to the cars, gatherings were organized in which the experiences of the best pilots of the world could be heard. "

La Carrera Panamericana

October 12 to 18, 2018

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