La Carrera Panamericana: The World's Greatest Road Race!

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Veloce Publishing Limited, Sep 15, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 266 pages
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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 consists of 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. The arrival of La Carrera Panamericana at each of the provincial towns on its seven-day, 2,000-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, and salsa and tequila overflows. Includes 350 images, maps of modern and original 1950s routes, plus results of original events.

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Johnny Tipler is an international motoring journalist and author with over 30 books published with a variety of sports-orientated themes. He ran the JPS Motorsport Press Office for three years, chronicling the fortunes of Team Lotus and Players-sponsored events.  He has contributed regularly to features which include 'drive' stories, interviews with key industry figures, sporting events (eg Carrera Panamericana), and  buying guides.  Johnny lives in Norwich, England.

Carrera Panamericana participant Jo Ramirez is an author and retired employee of several motor racing teams. Ramirez worked as a test driver for several teams, including Dan Gurney's Eagle during the 1960s and 70s. In 1984 Ramirez joined the front-running McLaren Formula One operation as team coordinator, becoming close friends with many top drivers including Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.   In 2005 Ramirez published his life story to the interest of many Formula One fans.

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