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La Carrera Panamericana – “The World’s Greatest Road Race!”

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La Carrera Panamericana – “The World’s Greatest Road Race!”
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By John Tipler
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Hardback • 272 pages • 250 x 250mm • 400+ colour and b&w pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-170-6

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• The story of the legendary Mexican road race, which lasts for 7 days and covers 2000 miles of central Mexico
• A race deemed more arduous than the Mille Miglia!
• Interviews with great names from the original series such as Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, John Fitch, and Hans Herrmann
• Stunning, original and rare archive photographs bring the story to life
• Includes full history from 1950 to the present day
• Foreword by Jo Ramirez


Through photos of the stunning countryside and cities visited en route, action shots and parc fermé, interviews with drivers and key personnel, plus vivid narrative, readers are transported to Mexico for an eye-witness account of the fantastic Carrera Panamericana, “The World’s Greatest Road Race”. It’s a tale of two halves: the early years, full of excitement, glamour, financial intrigue and tragedy; a time when major players in the auto industry got in on the act. Banned after the 1954 race because of fatalities, the PanAm was reinstated in 1987, and the modern incarnation for classic cars forms the second half of the book. Includes over 400 images, maps of modern and original 1950s routes, plus results of events.


The Carrera Panamericana was first run to celebrate the inauguration of the Panamerican Highway, and traversed the length of Mexico, from Tuxtla in the south to Juárez near the Texas border. Firms like Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Porsche took advantage, and as class winners, Porsche even applied the event’s Carrera name to its sportier models. Since its 1987 revival, it’s been run rally-style with half-a-dozen special stages a day. Just as it did in the early-’50s, half the entry comprises brash American stock cars, today mostly Panamericana specials based on spaceframe chassis and 600bhp NASCAR V8 engines and running gear, lurking beneath period Studebaker, Hudson, Lincoln or Oldsmobile bodywork. The ’50s and ’60s European classics are no less heavily modified. Mexicans love a fiesta, and the arrival of La Carrera Panamericana at each of the provincial towns on its seven-day, 2000-mile progress through central Mexico last November provided an excuse for wild celebrations. Everywhere the entourage is mobbed by enthusiastic spectators, waving, cheering and demanding souvenirs. Crowds throng, brass bands play salsa, and the tequila overflows. Includes over 400 images, maps of the modern and original 1950s routes, plus results of original events.

Independent Reviews

"The early races are covered in considerable detail ..." – Mercedes Owner

"Tipler's informal style captures the flavour of this mad road race, and the bias towards recent years means there's plenty of colour, thanks to the bright Mexican sunshlne and lairy car liveries." – Octane

"The revival of these legendary races of old is important in that it brings the classic sporting machinery out onto the circuits and tracks for the public to see. The author has successfully captured all of this in an admirable and entertaining way, showing that the modern La Carrera Panamericana is alive and well, and a good event to see one day – if you have the money, that is." – Vehicle Engineer International

"... this history is dutifully recounted by author Tipler and illustrated with an evocative selection of period photography." – Vintage Racecar

"A fitting tribute to an extraordinary event." – The Marshal

"The book’s incredible 350 color and black-and-white photos past and present are worth the cover price. Trust me, you won’t get a better overall feel for this colorful race and its participants without actually visiting. This book is a fine piece of work, but be careful reading it: before you know it, you’ll be talking your friends into building a PanAm racer." – Hemmings Motor News

"Tipler tells the story of the 2000-mile event, while pictures old and new show the car and the country they are traversing." – Evo

"BOOK OF THE MONTH. For those interested in the mighty motoring epics of a past ages, this will be essential reading." – New Zealand Classic Car

Additional Information

Models covered: Lincoln Capri, Hudson Hornet, Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Porsche 550 Spyder, VW Beetle, Austin-Healey, Lancia, Ferrari, Studebaker Regal Starliner, Porsche 356, Triumph TR3, Porsche 911, Volvo PV544, Saab 96, Volvo 121, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint GT, AR Giulia Berlina, Ford Falcon/Galaxie/Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette, AC Cobra, MGB, Jaguar E-type, Mk II, Lotus Elise.


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