THE MODERN ERA OF La Carrera Panamericana


Thirty-four years had to pass before La Carrera Panamericana became again a fundamental part of the history of auto racing in the country. In 1988, a group of enthusiastic supporters, including Pedro Dávila and Eduardo de León, try and managed to revive La Carrera Panamericana, inviting the different world’s automotive associations for its celebration.

Thus, in 1988 starts a new cycle for the La Carrera, with the start of the 1st Carrera Panamericana, but now in its modern era. A new rule book was developed, which still reserves the competition for cars manufactured between 1940 and 1965, depending on the category, but allowing the modernization of the units regarding suspension and security.

In the early years, the competition started in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, in the south of the country. However, in 2009 the starting site was moved to the coastal city of Huatulco, in the state of Oaxaca. However, in 2010 the race started again in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, alternating the start in 2011 again in Huatulco.

During the 2012 edition, the race started in the city of Veracruz, where it would start again in 2014. The finish line has also changed alternately, it took place in the city of Nuevo Laredo, in the northern state of Tamaulipas, as well as in the city of Zacatecas in the state of the same name.

Since the relaunching of the new era of the La Carrera, the race has traversed federal and state highways, as well as secondary paved roads during seven days, covering approximately a route of 3,000 kilometers which is changed every year.

In the modern era, models of cars allowed are split into four groups and nine categories:

  • Group A – Pan-American car, in the following four categories: Turismo de producción, Turismo mayor, Sport menor and Sport mayor;
  • Group B – Historic cars, in the following four categories: Histórica A, A Plus, B and C
  • Group C – Original Panamericana cars.
  • Group D – Exhibition cars. This group includes all vehicles that cannot be grouped in the above, besides being a non-scoring group without the right to an award.

Ever since, La Carrera has become the most important automotive sports event rally type of our country, while keeping its international relevance, and settling around a story that continues to add memories and stories that intertwine speed, machinery, and precision. Classic cars are modified to meet modern safety standards and to continue to enjoy the unique experience of motor vehicles running at full speed on open roads.

2017 is the year the competition celebrates its thirtieth anniversary and represents many years of passion, work, difficult moments, emotions and great efforts.

Most important of La Carrera Panamericana is the people, i.e., the spirit that emanates from it and that follows it year after year. It is a consolidated event whose main characteristic is the hospitality of Mexicans. There is also the high competitiveness reached by the drivers through preparation and experience.

The “Spirit of La Carrera” is undoubtedly the engine that attracts competitors to experience a real Mexican adventure. Undoubtedly the legend continues …



La carrera Panamericana


“La Carrera Panamericana” has been the most important and longest running open road race in the world; even greater than the famous Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio of Italy. The event, recognised as such by the international press has garnered the attention of speed loving enthusiasts who have set their eyes on México as the host to this incredible race and as an incredible tourist destination. Many never seen before models from Ferrari, Osca, Lancia, Mercedes, Porsche, Masserati as well as north american models will be present.

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