La Carrera Panamericana is an historic vintage
car race in Mexico. The original Carrera Panamericana was run in the
years when the Baroque Angel
was cruising the Autobahn, from 1950-1954. The car race was
sponsored by the Mexican government as a way of publicizing the new
system of paved roads that ran the length of the country, with over
3000 km of public highways.
runs from the US to the Guatemalan borders through the heart of
was revived in 1988, and every year since racers from around the
world compete in cars built to resemble the original entrants. Your
car must have been built before 1965 to compete, and their are
several classes of competition. The event is run in a pro-rally
format, with most of the mileage done under TSD rally conditions and
3-4 unlimited speed sections per day. The race is decided by
cumulative times for the speed sections.
first V-8 engine was a lightweight aluminum alloy. It powered the
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Terry Sayther Automotive
made and raced the first BMW to complete this historic race.
We first ran across Terry as THE place to install an
E34/E36 M50 engine
in an E30 3
Terry also collects, restores and races BMW's from all eras, and his
modification of the BMW 502 to race in La
truly remarkable story.