Mr Lister: 2008 La Carrera Panamericana

In 2008, La Carrera Panamericana sported a Lister. Memories resurrected with the Collector Car World news that appeared in my inbox today.

Click on the photos to be redirected to an Autoblog recap of the 60 year anniversary (Lister Knobbly proposed continuation) and the results from Barrett-Jackson 2015 Auction, brought to you by Sports Car Digest.

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#458 Mr Lister Dia Uno_2008 LCP


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#458 Mr Lister 2008 LCP_Dia Uno_Stage 1

A Class Act with a Classic Car: ’54 Hot Rod Lincoln

The holidays bring moments of connection; past, present & future.

Tom Overbaugh, Paul Wendt and Corky Robinson will forever be folks that I am grateful to have met. The connection always brings a smile.

Recently, I received an email from Tom.  “Paul and I did a presentation at the International Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen on Saturday.  We talked for TWO! Hours.

La Carrera Panamericana still enraptures and enthralls!

Here’s a write up from the Ithaca Journal.

Team 426_Zacatecas in 2008

Team 426 in Zacatecas 2008

Qualifying Day: La Carrera Panamericana 2014

It snuck up this year.

La Carrera Panamericana usually ends on or near November 2nd, All Souls Day. If you work backwards, that would put the start date right around October 24th. It’s a full week ahead of schedule!

So, I’ve been ignoring the ramp up, until this morning when the familiar pi-plunk rain drop aural notification from my cell phone indicated a message had arrived.

The gray bleary weather outside reflected my remonstrative self, procrastinating the work day as I rolled to look over my messages and email. What’s new? Maybe something grand is happening in the world and someone wants to tell me about it.

Twitter feeds from Rene Ortega @RANACHILANGA download to my cell phone. A tap on the url link from his tweet, and, then.., a glow begins. There IS something grand happening in the world.

Courtesy Ranachilanga Photography

Courtesy Ranachilanga Photography

Rene’s posting shows the Prensa (Press) sticker being placed on their car. I sit up still staring at the photo and a smile emerges remembering that feeling. The excitement of being at the start of La Carrera Panamericana!

It was seven years ago when Roberto Mendoza, who was in charge of publicity, agreed to consider my blog as Prenza material. I was elated, thrilled!

Ah? But, the challenge. Only one Prenza door panel remained. Our resourceful driver, Antonio Peñaflor came to our rescue and found the answer at the driver’s meeting that night, another door panel. It read Seguridad.


Prensa Pass

Prensa on One Side, Seguridad on the Other: Copyright

Prensa on One Side, Seguridad on the Other
Photos copyright RoadRallyRhythms

The best of both worlds!

Viva La Carrera Panamericana!!!

Click on the links around this blog’s header to follow along with those in the race this year. Check out Facebook for a plethora of posts and photos. Click on the map below to link to the Official La Carrera Panamericana website for maps, routes, and daily result postings.

La Carrera Panamericana 2014 Route.

La Carrera Panamericana 2014 Route.


’69 Datsun Roadster: Race or Restore ?

Garaged for the Night 69 Datsun RoadsterIt is so nice to have my baby back! Just in time for Indian Summer cruising in the PNW.

Group2 MotorSports got it purring, but we had a prompt return to fix a vacuum advance issue. Seems the engine is not quite original and the high performance aspect was not wholly considered in the first set of specs used for adjustments.

In Honor of Lucha Libre Racing

All better now!

Test run this evening and my coach, who is riding shot gun reminds me, “These are high performance cams!”

Happy to be here – Paul medaled! – Nuevo Laredo arch, 2008

Oh my!






Brings back wonderful memories of Lucha Libre Racing in La Carrera Panamericana!

Gerie, Paul, Michael – Nuevo Laredo 2008 LCP Finish Line


Do It All Over Again!

Had a great conversation with a co-worker today about La Carrera Panamericana.

And found a few new photos: Flickr.com_La_Carrera_Panamericana_2013



Now, I ask you…,

How do you spin a glorious time and experience into 15 minutes or less?

It’s just not doable.

Quinta Real Zacatecas

ZacatecasSo, we talk about the history of Mexico and the beauty of the interior of Mexico. I explain, with wide eyes, the entrance to the oldest bull ring in North America found in Zacatecas and how it has become this fabulous boutique hotel.

Then, there’s the intricate architecture found on the cathedrals in the towns along the race route, the aqueduct in Morelia, and how, it’s a shame, that many US citizens only know Mexico by its resorts and border towns.

What is great to see as the 2013 La Carrera Panamericana photos get sorted out on the internet, and more make their appearance every day, is the human interest aspect of the race.

How many of the photographers, service crew, fans, support staff, and maybe a few of the racers themselves will return to their countries of origin that much more enriched from their experience; each dealing with their PCSD (Post Carrera Stress Disorder), in his or her own way.

Waiting until next year to fulfill a dream, or… just do it all over again!

Enjoying the Moment

“Did you find what you wanted?” my brother-in-law asks.

“Did I find what I wanted?” I retort laughingly. “I didn’t go to La Carrera Panamericana to find something I want, I went to enjoy something I love!”

It’s a hard concept to explain and even harder for people to understand why anyone would find joy in little sleep, hard work, long, strenuous days driving across the countryside, and plunking down pesos for entrance to a banos that is unclean, unkempt, and the TP garnered is from your own supply! But, those are only minor inconveniences.

2008 Aguacalientes

2008 Aguacalientes

How do you explain the thrill of seeing friends in their vintage racecars coming through yet another arrival arch and knowing the trials and tribulations it took them to get there? The well-wishes, the camaraderie, the knowledge that you get to drive really, really fast along country roads in a vehicle that was made for yesteryear. Enjoying the sights and sounds of a country that in some ways is so advanced and in others, so rural that it is hard to comprehend the lifestyle.

Auguacalientes Zocolo

Auguacalientes Zocolo

Is it possible to share the delight of having a beer or two in the town square where hundreds of onlookers and fans gather to wish you well and to thank YOU for coming to their country? Where kids want a Kodak moment in front of their favorite racecar or vie for an autograph on one of its postcards?

And then…, in the quieter moments of the late evening after the driver’s meeting is over and done with and the mechanical aspects of the racecar are satisfactory – the bench racing and daily stories come to the forefront and laughter erupts until tears hit the floor.


My allegiances were sorely tested this weekend….

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ChumpCar World Series

Currently, in a part-time capacity, I handle the registration for ChumpCar World Series West Region. A grand show, conjured up at Portland International Raceway, played havoc with my allegiance to La Carrera Panamericana. Both LCP and ChumpCar were placing the starting grid squarely on the same day. While Rene followed along with LCP (his photos are scrolling on the front page), I got involved with some pretty cool cats.

Octobrew ‘n Brats Grand Prix. ChumpCar World Series at PIR

Daryl Dyer (Captain of Team GI SHO) has been a long time racer and podium placer with the series. He, with his camouflaged 1989 Ford Taurus, is moving on… some say to SCCA… And, this weekend would be his last endurance race with the ChumpCar World Series.

As the world turns, GI SHO was pretty much dead in the water by late afternoon in Saturday’s 12 hour race. Cathy McCause (West Region’s ChumpCar Director) talked with Daryl. “So…, you’re saying you have another race car available?”

Daryl Dyer & FrankenSHO, Team #89

Seeds were planted and the growth factor, exponential!

Daryl and crew worked ’round the clock until 3am on Sunday. Here they appear on the tarmac at 8:45am; GI SHO door panels fully engaged, ready to race in the EC class for the next 6 hours!

Forty-eight teams registered and lots of newbies adorned this PIR event.

Sunshine and a dry track greeted us on Saturday, but it was a misty, moisty, morning come Sunday….

Lost tyre? Have jack? Will travel…
PIR ChumpCar World Series

The best part, for me, is what occurred in the pits. One team, Team Titleist #26 had not one, not two, but three engine change outs over the course of this incredible endurance weekend. The last engine was “borrowed” from Shift AutoSports who races two teams #71 & #70, and, coincidentally, won the endurance race on Sunday, 173 laps, Best lap time: 1:38.487.


Sunday My Laps:

Saturday My Laps:

Now, that’s the way to race!

Lots of fabulous spirit and goodwill.

Seems my dilemna is unfounded. That little El Spiritu de La Carrera crosses borders!

Mark Scholtz, Octobrew ‘n Brats Grand Prix
#128 Die Familie, ChumpCar World Series PIR

LCP Co-piloto Mantra

The mantra for the next week:GERIE BLEDSOE GTO 2011

“’A’ time plus your ‘section time’ equals your ‘Z’ (or ‘CH’) time.”

Gerie Bledsoe (U.S. coordinator for La Carrerra Panamericana and the Chihuahua Express) says “Add 15 seconds to your CH time to get the perfect time to enter your control zone.”

It’s Dia Uno!


Co-pilot Instructions!
Day 1, Speed Stage 1



End of Speed Stage 1
Turn in Time Card to Officials
Get it Back and Transit to the Next Stage! 🙂