A three-decade impasse for La Carrera

In 1954 the fifth and last race was held, since the following year it was suspended due to accidents and the tragic incident that occurred in 1955 during the 24 Hours of Le Mans competition in France.

In August 1955, just four months after La Carrera began, the Mexican government decided to cancel the event. Apparently there was some danger that represented the event, both for participants, and for the general public.

This argument became more valid after the tragic incident in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race when the Mercedes-Benz driver, Levegh, crashed with another car and both crashed into the wall of spectators.

Nowadays, security measures have been reinforced to the maximum. The pilots are firmly pressed with a belt of five anchor points; it has the support of the federal governments through which the Race passes for maximum security.

Another version indicates that the new president in turn of Mexico, Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, did not plan to continue financially supporting the event or the necessary repairs to the Pan-American highway.

Winners of the golden age of La Carrera Panamericana

Race Pilot Auto Time
I Race (1950)
H. Mcgriff/ (USA)
Oldsmobile 88
27h34´25"
II Race (1951)
Pietro Taruffi (ITA)
Ferrari 212 Inter
21h57´52"
III Race (1952)
Karl Kling (ALE)
Mercedes Benz 300 SL
18h51´19"
IV Race (1953)
Juan Manuel Fangio (ARG)
Lancia D24
18h11´00"
V Race (1954)
Umberto Maglioli (ITA)
Ferrari 375 Plus
17h40´26"

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October 11 to 17, 2019

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