Monday, June 9, 2014


Carreras News
June 2014
**PIKES PEAK JUNE 29 – One Week for 12 Minutes

**LCP ENTRIES – Slowly Picking Up Steam

Thirty-seven entries are listed on the official website.  Several others are being processed and should be posted soon.  Entries by class are noted below, while the number of US entries is in parentheses.  LCP rookies are denoted with (*).  There is also a good showing of Europeans, including entries from the Czech Republic.
Turismo Production – 4 (3) Stewart, Reichardt, Bledsoe
Turismo Mayor – 3 (2) Mockett, Hladky
Sports Mayor – 0
Sports Menor – 1 (1) Brinkerhoff
Historic A – 3 (1) Shoemaker*
Historic B – 7 (4) Sikes, Gold, Harvey, Morgan*
Historic C – 11 (4) Fudge, Rogers,Greenwoods, Taboulet*
OPA – 1 (1) Buchanan
Exhibition – 1

Registration will be open until late September.


Chacho Medina has tentatively set the dates of next year’s Express for April 23-26, 2015.  If you know of any serious schedule conflicts, please advise.  The date for this event must be adjusted annually to not interfere with Easter, a huge holiday in Mexico.
Veterans of this race know what a special event the Express really is and have committed to bringing a friend next year—“each one bring one.”   Those who are unsure about rallying or open-road racing like this should come down and participate in the Express Tour, which is a fun rally at normal highway speeds along the same route used by the competition cars.  The roads, race organization, weather, and countryside are great in April, and we get to sleep in the same hotel bed every night!
For more info visit


All vintage Carrera/Express cars, especially Mustangs, are invited to “The Hawk with Brian Redman” on July 17-20 at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  Since this is the 50th anniversary of the original pony car, it will be the featured marque.  (Chevy guys will get over it when the Camaro is featured.)
Those who have not raced at Road America have missed one of the most beautiful tracks in the country.  RA has it all: 4.2 miles in length, plenty of room for passing, elevation changes, challenging corners, great racing infrastructure, and a national park setting.  The small, quaint village of Elkhart Lake is nearby, and it is possible to drive around the original road course that ran through the village and farmland around the village.  Bring your spousal unit, for there are other quaint villages, with plenty of “chick stuff” and spas in this area of the state. 
On Friday night, the race cars are invited into the village for a car show, and veterans say it quite a display.

**PIKES PEAK JUNE 29—One Week for 12 Minutes

Several Carrera/Express cars are entered in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb schedule for Sunday, June 29.  To be able to climb the mountain in your vintage Mustang or modern electric racecar, one must not only pay the entry fee but must also qualify during four practice sessions in the wee hours of the morning during the week before.  All told, it’s eight days in Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs.  Because the 12 mile route is completely paved, the speed and danger have increased significantly. Mustang builder Todd Landon is renting and support a small heard of this vehicles for the event one will win the Vintage Division Championship, while another will be lucky to qualify.


Aficionados of open-road racing (stage rallying) in Mexico will gather during the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the same watering hole:  The Baja Cantina in Carmel on Saturday, August 16, 5:30-8:30 PM.
Carrera cars, exotics, and cars for sale are invited, but parking is limited, so make a reservation with gracious host Bill Hemmer bekgroup@gmail.comPlease let Bill or me know if you plan to attend.


The Carrera and French racing community were sadden to hear of the passing of Yves Junne, who was registered as co-piloto with his good friend Stanley Gold in this year’s Pan Am.  Stanley and Yves participated in the Pan Am several years ago and had planned to return for the past year or two.  Stanley also campaigned his 911 in racing in Europe during the summer.


’53 Oldsmobile Super 88 $10,000 Completed four La Carrera races, finishing as high as 10th overall and 3rd in Turisimo Mayor.   Street legal with clear title.  Strong runner and great handling car; has to be to compete in La Carrera.  All mechanicals updated.  Located in Chicago area.
·         GM 350 ci ZZ3, only run with Mobil 1, Holley carb with vacuum secondaries
·         Fuel pump with fuel return to fuel cell to prevent vapor lock
·         Oil cooler, four-core radiator, two electric fans, two adjustable electronic controllers.
·         Alternator, dual exhaust, K&N air cleaner, full gauge package, tach
·         GM Turbo 400, firm shift kit, oil cooler
·         Rust free body, some surface rust on body and front bumper; Las Vegas car
·         Power front disc brakes, power steering, right front fender has a few wrinkles
·         Front and rear sway bars, Koni adjustable shocks
·         3.23 differential ratio, six 235/60R15 tires on heavy duty wheels
·         Six point roll cage, two bucket seats with five point Simpson harnesses
·         Working, crank window, working heater core and windshield defogger
·         Emergency electrical shutoff switch on front fender
·         Questions gladly answered and detailed pictures provided.
·         Contact Ed Gut.

NOTE:  Both the ’63 Chevy Nova and the white ’53 Studebaker advertised in this space have been sold. If you have a car for sale, you may advertise it here for $40 for one insertion or $80 for three.  Proceeds go to Lupita Hernandez, the Mexican nurse who lost both legs in a Carrera accident. 

What to advertise your classic car in Great Britain and Europe?  Go to  It’s a on line car magazine and listing service brought to my attention by Sarah Bennett-Baggs, who competed in the Pan Am two years ago with Bill Hemmer and Johnny Tipler.


Two lightly used, ready to go Carrera/Chihuahua engines available. One 359ci, 10.5-1 compression, 551hp/460 torque, Dart 18 degree aluminum heads, Crower roller cam. One 352ci, 9.6-1 compression, 490hp/427 torque, Edelbrock Victor Jr aluminum heads, Crane roller cam. Both have Holley 600cfm carb, Dart steel block, wet sump with custom oil pan. Plus all the other goodies. Contact me for complete build sheet. $ 15,000 each or $ 22,500 for both. Doug Mockett 310.503.6909 or


Spectacular home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Only three years young.  Two master suites. 3.5 baths. Terraces all over.  Three-car garage, plus parking for service truck or trailer next to the garden, and many nice Carrera memories.  Great garden (a separate lot), pool, and views of the city and the setting sun.  Check it out on Sotheby’s web site

Yes, that’s my lovely house; built to US standards my Mats Hammarlund and Eva Hellstrom.  Additions to our family -- the first grandchildren – have forced a major change in our life style.  The price has been reduced by a bunch recently, but has not been changed on Sotheby’s web site.

Let me know if you have questions about it.  I do not think there’s another one like it in San Miguel, rated by Conde Naste as the best place to live…anywhere.

Yes, road racing like most forms of motorsports is dangerous.  Competitors should be in good health and have a properly prepared vehicle.  A medical exam is given before each event.

Gerie Bledsoe
North American Coordinator
Chihuahua Express and La Carrera Panamericana
Chicago ( Evanston)
 224.999.7292 (until late  September)