"Become part of the legend, La Carrera Panamericana (1950-1954), one of the most famous events in auto racing history. The event was revived as an open road race in 1988 and for twenty-two years has offered both experienced racers and novices an opportunity to experience the thrills and challenges of the original Pan Am. Today it is unique in the world—driving top speed on public highways for a week.
Each year one hundred cars line up in southern Mexico to race 2000 miles north. The event passes though the heart of the country, a string of mountains and impressive colonial cities. The Mexican Highway Patrol, whose top officers travel with the race, clears the highways for the timed speed runs. Along the way, a million spectators cheer the racecars along.
Each night the race stops in a different city. In a typical year the Pan Am will start in Veracruz and stop for the night in Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosi, and Zacatecas. Except for Veracruz, these cities are at high altitude, so the weather is typically cool and clear.
The Mexican Road Race is always an adventure. Just getting a racecar to the start is a challenge. The Pan Am remains a serious test of drivers and their cars and a major cultural experience. Finishing the race in Nuevo Laredo after seven long days behind the wheel is a major accomplishment. Earning a spot on the podium is a huge bonus. It's a lifetime of memories. Join us this year. You may never have the opportunity again."
Text from the La Carrera Panamericana website.
3R was chosen to install the required safety equipment into this pristine 1956 Porsche 356 so that it can compete in the La Carrera Panamericana race. The La Carrera Panamericana starts in Huatulco, Mexico and finishes in Zacatecas, Mexico 7-days later. During the course of the 7-days the car will cover nearly 2000 miles.
This car was in nearly show car condition when the owner brought it to us. We removed all the interior, salvaging as much as we could, and then began installing a custom Tig-welded rollcage. We had to sketch out the cage design and submit it to the race organizers for approval. Additionally, we are installing modern race seats, harnesses, window nets and quick-disconnect steering wheel. Because the interior of the car is so small and access to the rear shelf is needed to hold the required gear and supplies, we made custom tilting seat mounts so the driver and co-driver can flip the seats forward to gain access to the rear shelf.