Timeline

La Carrera Panamericana History

 

  • 1950 The first “Carrera Panamericana” is held starting from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas with 32 cars. The race was won by Hershel McGriff in an Oldsmobile.
  • 1950 José Antonio “El Viejo” Solana was the first Mexican driver to be registered in the race.
  • 1951 Ferrari participates for the first time with two 212 export coupés with V12, 2.6lt engines. Ferrari wins first and second place with the Italian driver, Piero Taruffi being crowned champion.
  • 1952 Two categories were created for this edition of the race, the Sport category for two-seater sport cars and the Tourism category for tourism cars with at least four seats.
  • 1953 Juan Manuel Fangio won the “Carrera” aboard a Lancia D24. This edition of the race was characterised by the large number of crashes.
  • 1954 Umberto Maglioli who drove a 375 Plus established a new Race Record with an average speed of more than 173 kmph.
  • 1955 The “Carrera” was suspended because of the many accidents that had occurred and the tragic accident at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race that year.
  • modern-era Modern Era
  • 1988 Eduardo León and a group of enthusiasts garnered the support of different automobile associations to revive the “Carrera Panamericana”.
  • 1988 Eduardo Morales in a Ford is the first Mexican to win the event. Other Mexicans who have also won are Guillermo Rojas (1989), Carlos Anaya (1993, 1994), Juan Carlos Sarmiento (2004, 2005), Ricardo Treviño (2011) and Gabriel Pérez (2006, 2012, 2013).
  • 1989 The new version of the race continued to have a total distance of 3,200 km over 7 stages which were divided into special stages of no more than 35 km each.
  • 1990 The drummer of Pink Floyd, Nick Mason who is also known for his great interest in antique cars was backed by Guy Edwards, an ex driver of F5000; to participate with a Lancia Aurelia B20 GT.
  • 1991 Adventure, passion, sportsmanship, contact and solidarity became the motto of the “Carrera Panamericana” and its Golden Rule was, “as one defies death, one has more fun”.
  • 1992 The Americans duo of Frank and Williams win the race in a Mercury car.
  • 1993 The new hero of the race is Carlos Anaya who dominated the Mexican highways with a level of skill that was unsurpassed. The Studebaker cars were consecrated by winning the overall race for the first of many times.
  • 1994 In this edition, the Swiss driver Clay and the Italian driver Ragazzoni, a past driver for Ferrari pulled off a surprising win even though they had suffered a severe accident at Long Beach, USA in 1980 which had left them with lasting injuries.
  • 1995 A Studebaker takes the honours once again, this time driven by the team of Ward and Elsner from the USA.
  • 1996 Phillippe Alliot competed in a Porsche 356 in a car whose motor was about to exhale its last breath upon crossing the finish line.
  • 1997 The North American duo of Chris Nichols and Pat O´Dell win the Historic C division with an Oldsmobile.
  • 1998 The disappointment of the Tropical Gangsters… Gubelman and Pratt, two Hollywood golden boys participated in a Chevrolet Bel-Air 57 did not manage to pull of a victory.
  • 1999 For this edition, 85 teams began their journey from the southern city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez that would take them on a wild trip all the way to the finish line in Zacatecas, 30 stages away.
  • 2000 New car, new navigator and Same result m of Thoisy SE rises with victory once again.
  • 2001 Pierre de Thoisy shows because he is the best, now with Carlitos Macaya, first-South American and conclusively dominant in.
  • 2002 Perhaps the most representative of the Pan American car, the Oldsmobile Mockett comes first to Nuevo Laredo accompanied by the British navigator Alan Baillie.
  • 2003 Pierre de Thoisy back on track and is located at the first site in the company of Pierre Schockaert.
  • 2004 From Oaxaca with a similar Carlos Anaya Studebaker, J.C. Sarmiento and the popular “Knot” Villareal, surprised the Pan American contingent and got the victory.
  • 2005 J.C. Sarmiento and “Knot” Villarreal repeated the dose in a rousing finale that saw Monterrey ultimate goal.
  • 2006 Gabriel Pérez breaks the streak by winning studes with champion sailors, Angelica Fuentes.
  • 2007 Pierre de Thoisy shows he has not lost the ability and leading navigator Frederic Stoesser wins the twentieth edition of the Pan American.
  • 2008 The talented Bill Beilharz and his Mexican sailor Jorge Ceballos reaffirm the domain Stude winning the race singular.
  • 2009 The start of the race is changed to the coastal town of Huatulco, Oaxaca.
  • 2010 Once again, the “Carrera Panamericana” starts from the capital city of the state of Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutierrez.
  • 2011 The “Carrera Panamericana” starts again from Huatulco and the overall champions are the Mexicans Ricardo Treviño and Marco Hernandez driving a Studebaker. Ricardo had previously participated in events of the WRC.
  • 2012 The “Carrera” celebrates its 25th Anniversary with top drivers such as, Jo Ramírez, ex chief of engineers for McLaren in F1; Gijs van Lennep, two time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Jochen Mass, ex F1 driver.
  • 2013 Jorge Hamín Chahín competes with a Buick Centurion built in 1954 – only three were ever made.
  • 2014 The French driver Érick Comas along with his co-pilot Isabelle Saadeler were the winners of the 2014 edition of the “Carrera” in a Studebaker.
  • 2015 After 7 days of a close race, with great concentration and after overcoming The Devil’s Backbone in Durango, Emilio and Javier Velázquez Marín managed to win the title.
  • 2016 After a hard competition, Hilaire Damirón in a 1954 Studebaker Commander, is crowned champion in the XXIX of the “La Carrera Panamericana” in the City of Durango.