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Friday, October 16, 2009

La Carrera Panamericana

7 more days and the 2009 La Carrera Panamericana is off to a start in Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Born as a celebratory event in the 1950's to mark the inauguration of the highway that would span the American continent the best drivers in the sport where in attendance.  An opportunity to race beautiful cars on public roads in an exotic setting was lost on none.  Sadly, after four consecutive years and several tragic accidents safety became an issue and the Carrera was cancelled.

In 1988 the event was resurrected with original cars of the era and a modicum of modern safety gear.  Once again the sirens call was heard and few could resist.  After 21 uninterrupted editions the Carrera has drawn passionate collectors and vintage car racers alike.  Such petrol heads as Alistair Caldwell, Alain de Cadenet, Guy Edwards, Nick Mason & David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Mark Knopfler, and Renato Bicciato among others,  have competed.

This year we are fortunate enough to have Andy Prill providing a bit of inside coverage.  Andy won the 2 litre class in 2008 and will be competing in his 10th consecutive Carrera.  Watch for Andy in his Porsche number 152.  For more info on Andy and his spectacular shop have a look at maxted-pageandprill.  We wish him good luck and hope to hear from him soon.

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