Lesson Plans

While we wait for the arrival of race day, I thought it prudent to take some time to better OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAunderstand what’s involved in participating in a road rally like La Carrera Panamericana.

Where to start?

I guess the best place is the starting line-up.

About one hundred opportunities to race a car in this 26th Anniversary of La Carrera Panamericana exist. Eighty seven of those have been set aside awaiting the arrival of the participants. If you consider the crews, friends and families, that’s a lot of folks heading to southern Mexico. This is a huge event!

At last post on the official La Carrera site, 35 slots have been filled by Mexican teams, another 21 hail from U.S. and Canada. Eighteen slots have been filled by international competitors, 10 teams are combining international, Mexican and US allegiances and 4 are reserved for Exhibition Class. Porsches and Mustangs abound in this race. Three original PanAm class racers from the US and Canada help keep the historic spirit alive!

(It may be of statistical interest to note where participants hailed from back in 2007 La Carrera Panamericana… (just happen to have stored that information) … 59 slots were filled by U.S. and Canadian participants. Eleven slots by international competitors and 27 reserved for Mexican racing teams.)

Each team (piloto and co-piloto) in a race car is placed in a particular class or category based on several specifications or regulations.

# of Teams       Class/Category                Team #


54 Studebaker

14             Tourismo de Produccion            2 – 99
Spec Highights: Sedan 1940 – 1954, 305 V-8 5000cc max. 500-600 cfm, In-line 6, 5000cc max. 600 cfm or 4 cyl. 2000cc, original configuration, 4-speed. Examples: Studebaker, Ford/Mecury, Jaguar, Morris Minor

10             Turismo Mayor                          100-149       Spec Highights:  Sedan 1940 – 1954, 366 V-8 6000cc, 305 In-line 6, 5000cc max. 600 cfm or 4 cyl. 2500cc, original configuration, 4-speed. Ex. Olds, Ford/Mecury, Studebaker, Cadillac

4              Sport Menor                              150-199

LT Special

LT Special

Spec Highights:  Sport car 1940 – 1954, 4 cyl. 2000cc for original and 1600cc for “modern.”  Ex. Porsche

3              Sport Mayor                              200-249
Spec Highights:  Sport car 1940 – 1954, In-line 6 2000cc bored up to 5000cc for original and 3000cc for “modern.”  Ex. Jaguar, Sam Burg’s LT Special

4              Historica A                                250-279
Spec Highights: Original manufactured car 1955 – 1965, 4 cyl. 2000cc  Ex. Porsche, 1962 TR6, Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo

8              Historica A+                              280-299
Spec Highights: Original manufactured car 1965 – 1972, 4 cyl. 2000cc  Ex. Alfa Romeo Giula, Datsun 510, Volva 122, and El Taxi Perdido!

13             Historica B                                300-349
Spec Highights: Original manufactured car 1955 – 1972, 6 cyl. conforms to original manu. specs. Ex.  Porshe, 240Z

24             Historica C                                350-399
Spec Highights: Original manufactured car 1955 – 1965, V-8 600cfm and conforms to original manu. specs. Ex.  Chevy II SS, Mustang 260/289, Falcon, Dodge Dart

Ford Victoria

Ford Victoria

3              Original Pan-Am                        400-450
Spec Highights: Autos that participated in La Carrera in the 1950’s manufactured between 1950 – 1954, 4 cyl. original configuration, 4-speed. Ex. Hudson, Packard, Lincoln, Lancia, Ferrari

4              Exhibition/Unlimited                   451-499
Spec Highights: Any autos that don’t conform to the specifications for the other historic car groups/categories. Most entries are modern day sports cars. Ex. Porsche, BMW, Jag, Studebaker

You can see actual pictures of the participants and their cars if you click on the following url: LCP 2013 Participants