La Carrera Panamericana 2008

The 2008 La Carrera Panamericana happens in October and we’ll be there.

I’m going to Mexico. No, not to sit on the beach but to ride shotgun in the 1965 Porsche 911 you see above for the annual La Carrera Panamericana rally. The event is October 23-30 and runs from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Nuevo Laredo via Oaxaca, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Luis de Potosi, Aguascalientes, and Zacatecas. I won’t be sitting on my butt enjoying the fine sights of Mexico from the passenger seat of the rear-engined sportscar, I’ll have my head buried in a route book serving as the navigator for team Jade Pig Racing out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The driver is the team and car owner, Brian DeVries.

La Carrera is a crazy 2000-mile tarmac rally that consists of seven days of twisty mountain stages mixed with flat-out 150-mph (180-mph in some of the more powerful cars) runs across the desert. The days are long, the weather is hot, and the cars are a wonderful mix of hot rod specials and priceless classics.

I ran the event in 1999, 2000, and 2004 with Jade Pig Racing. The first two years we ran a 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa. In 2004, we ran the 911. I can’t wait to go back again this October.

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