The Mexican Road Race
This blog is from December 19, 2006, it’s the first narrative we wrote after deciding to enter the 2007 La Carrera Panamericana, which seems like a long time ago. Our goals for the writings were to amuse ourselves and to attract some Big Time Sponsors to help pay the entry fee and a couple of Tortas along the way. Neither of those ideas really panned out, but here’s how things got started…
This is a story about entering a car in the 2007 La Carrera Panamericana. The race is about 2000 miles long and 7 days of racing, from southern Mexico to the Texas border. Now, I could go into the history of the race, but if you’re reading this, you probably already know it. Suffice to say, this will be the 20th anniversary of the revived race.
It starts back around June 2006, with me, Ernie, saying to my pal Rick, “Whatdaya think, we’ve been talking about this for years, I’ll put up the entry fee”. Uh oh, now you’ve gone and done it.
After a good nights sleep, it still seems like a good idea. So after looking at the rules, talking with the North
American coordinator for the race, watching a few videos, and checking the savings account, we are on the hunt for a car.
The car has to be built before 1965, and with Rick owning a BMW repair shop, a BMW seemed like a good plan. Only BMW didn’t seem to make a car to fit our needs or budget before 1965. OK, we’re talking budget, how about a Volkswagen, no better, a Karmann Ghia, more sporty! How about a death trap when we go off a cliff! Well, I sell old Mini Cooper parts, how about a Mini? Hummm.. Naw…. better, but what we need is some good ‘ol Detroit Iron.
And that’s what brings us to these pictures. A few days of looking at Craigslist, a couple of phone calls, an e-mail showing these photos, and $700, we have ourselves a race car!