Historical anecdotes of the race by Jurgen Podzkiewitz car reporter in Today USA

The first race was held in 1950 to celebrate the completion of the Panamericana, a highway that crossed from south to north of Mexico.

The race was considered quickly with a legendary status as a vigorous test that introduced new production cars and as the arena for European sports with American heavy metal cars, after European manufacturers began sending their best Rani team , Ferraris, Piero.

The first race was held in 1950

With an average of 88 miles per hour the “Seagull Wings” Mercedes 300 SL won a sensational victory in 1952 where it reached more than 100 miles per hour, in general a surprising result, which helped Mercedes to restore its reputation after the war, the reputation of the American machines was based on the great power of the five or six liter engines, so the competitiveness of the small rally cars was a real surprise thanks to the factory improvements through the North American brands , Ferrari won again in 54, but most of the victory came a year earlier when Lancia took second and third place in his class with a team led by Juan Manuel Fangio, perhaps the greatest driver of all time.

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