The Pan-American Race was one of the most adventures and perhaps the most dangerous road races, from 1950 to 1954 the road was paved in several stages on consecutive days and set in motion to promote the Pan-American highway in Mexico that would unite Central America and from the North, 132 cars entered the first race, mostly being great American sedans, but there were notable Formula 1 drivers from Italy such as Piero Roofie and Felicia Bonneto in a pair of Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, from France. John Travolta arrived in a Type 175.
You can not start talking about the Pan American Race without mentioning Bill Strop who co-drove with John Mason 1950 and was well known for the Lincoln he had prepared.
You can not start talking about the Pan American Race without mentioning Bill Strop.
Bill’s Lincoln arrived directly from the assembly of two California plants in Los Angeles and were left by the trucks that day he went to work every night and every day where he worked on the cars and took everything from those that did not. It was going to be used in race cars and set them to standards and what Bill knew was in the way, the rules for 1954 the car came up with the high three-speed dramas that were not built by Ford Motor Company, there was General Motors, Hydra -Matic, all Lincoln of 52,53 and 54 had automatic transmission and the moment we entered Mexico City the transmissions that were assigned to be part of the cars that would run from Tuxtla Gutiérrez to Mexico, as a study of test for the cars that were used in 1953 and 1954 and the drivers came to drive the roads from Toluca Terrace to Mexico City, to test their performance and to be sure that They had to drive the cars exactly along the route that marked the map of the Pan American Highway, the co-pilots had Bill’s road guidance and other documents from five or six months before the race and arrived three months earlier to perform the tests of the routes.
Surely in some picture I caught the Lincoln car of Ray Crawford with the logo of the food market of his family that sponsored the car.