Sunday, February 12, 2012

Carrera News Update

Technical difficulties delayed until Friday, February 10 getting an entry page "up" on the official Mexican web site

Based on early reports, the entry page and format is working fine as long as the size limit on photos is followed.

At this point, we are not sure about the enty fee, route, or rule changes. Expect the entry fee to be $500 USD more than last year. Some speculation about the route follows below.

Also nothing has been announced about how and when the Organizing Committee will begin selecting entries. Over 70 entries from Mexico are expected, plus a good turnout from Europe. Already 28 North Americans have plunked down a deposit to show good faith.

It is likely that the Organizing Committee will pick old friends of the race, past champions, and the politically connected, while will staying away from new guys and gals offering to bring Mustangs and Porsche 911/912s. Go for the more exotic like a Renault Alpine, Datsun Z car, TVR, Cosworth Vega, etc.

It is rumored that the starting city will not be the pacific resort area of Huatulco, as it was last year, but the colonial city of Oaxaca. The race will end in Zacatecas in all probability, maybe passing through San Luis de Potosi on the way north, and not the colonial gems of Morelia, San Miguel de Allende, or Guanajuato.

Although the dates have not been posted on the web site, I have it on good authority that the race will be October 19-25, a week earlier than usual. This will disappoint some people, even old friends, who were planning on the last week in October.

Additonal information is expected next week. Stayed tuned.

Gerie Bledsoe
North American Coordinator