Chihuahua Express : ’50 Oldsmobile 88 Carrera Panamericana Racer
The modern La Carrera Panamericana is a revival of the famous international Pan Am that was conducted between 1950 and 1954. Many of the world’s most famous drivers, including world champions like Phil Hill and Juan Manuel Fangio came to Mexico during these years to test their cars, skill, and stamina. The race was started in 1950 by the Mexican government to inform the world that Mexico had a new system of highways stretching across the country–from north to south–for commerce and tourism. When the race was canceled in 1955, its purpose had been accomplished. In 1988, a group of Mexican and North American auto enthusiasts revived the Pan Am as a “pro-rally” or “stage rally.” There are three levels of participation in the Pan Am for the same entry fee. You can participate at the “tourist” level by buying an old car (1965 or older), add some required safety features, and come down to cruise the route for fun. It’s the “no pressure” approach. Finishing the event, even at this level, is a significant accomplishment. And the choice of a 1950 Oldsmobile 88 is not unusual. Many American sedans ran the race back in the day and did extremely well. Today’s offering is ready, set, go for next year’s race. It has a ’56 Olds motor, 4-speed manual, disc brakes all around plus all of the required safety equipment. It looks great as is but we think there is room for improvement particularly with graphics and the front fascia. But we are nitpicking here. Be brave and tackle the big race. Start by clicking here.