Saturday, January 24, 2015

LCP DATES October 15-22, 2015

Carreras News
January 2015                                                    Happy New Year!



Enrollment for the Chihuahua Express is significantly higher this year than at the same time last year.  Over 24 North Americans (Canada and U.S.) took advantage of the early entry discount, good through January 6.  An additional four or five are listed as “possibles.”

Organizer Manuel “Chacho” Medina said he was pleased to see more entries from the U.S., especially from the states of Texas, California, and Nevada.  “I think we have turned a corner,” Mr. Medina said,” “as more Americans are recognizing that this is one of the best motor sports events in the world.”

There is one notable entry from Belgium, Medart Philippe, who will drive the “Juan Carlos Sarmiento” Studebaker that won the Panam twice a few years ago.

The Chihuahua Express is affiliated with the Silver State Classic Challenge (  At least four of the entries in this year’s Express are regulars in that event, a 90 mile run across Nevada.

For more information go to:    Need to rent a Shelby Mustang for the event?    Contact Todd Landon at “Mustangs to Go.” Email


Since 2003 “Los Amigos of Lupita Hernandez” have asked for donations to support the young Mexican nurse who lost both legs at the hip in a Carrera accident.  Currently, Los Amigos try to send Lupita, who lives in Chiapas, near Tuxtla Gutierrez, least $600 every quarter.

To continue this modest level of support, your help is needed.  A generous benefactor has donated a 2014 La Carrera Panamericana racing jacket and hat to be auctioned.  These items are only available to drivers and navigators in the event.  The “State of Art” jacket (a large) and hat are in perfect, unworn condition. The jacket and hat are black with Pan Am patches on it and “Mexico!” across the back.  Photos are available.

The last time a Panam jacket and hat were auctioned, they went for the “buy it now price” of $500.  All bids should be in U.S. dollars.  For bids under $500, shipping will be extra.

The auction is now open and will close on February 9 at noon (CST).  Payment may be made by check, money order or Paypal.  Checks should be made payable to “Friends of Lupita Hernandez.”  The trustees for her fund are:  Doug Mockett, Oscar Carillo, and Gerie Bledsoe.   

Send bids to:  Include your name, postal address, and phone number in your email.  All bids will be acknowledged but not disclosed.

If this jacket is not right for you, contributions to Lupita’s fund are warmly welcomed.  Please send your check to:

 Friends of Lupita Hernandez
 c/o Oscar Carillo
 Mockett and Co.
 PO Box 3333
 Manhatten Beach, CA 90266


1964 Ford Falcon Monte Carlo Lightweight.  A race/rally car with FIA papers, extremely lightweight with legitimate fiberglass fenders, front hood, doors, rear deck lid and bumpers.  Car raced in Europe and won the Nurburgring and Hamburg among other places.  This is Bill Shanahan’s rally car which placed second in the Carrera Panamericana Historic C in 2008, first in Historic C in 2009 and first in the Classic Division of the Targa Newfoundland in 2010.
The car comes with a complete set of spares including front and rear suspension, transmission (T10), two 305 cubic inch Ford race prepared/rally engines.  Also included is a fully developed 6 cylinder 4.5 liter Ford engine which qualifies to run in Historic B in the Carrera Panamericana, all of the FIA spec pieces including a 289 FIA engine and the original suspension parts.  The suspension parts of the Carrera/Targa car have been significantly strengthened given the difficult road conditions in those rallies at high speeds.  Finally, the car comes with a complete set of molds to build, if necessary, fiberglass fenders, hood, doors and trunk.  The car has not been raced since 2011 due to owner business commitments; it has been continually track tested and is race ready.
Call David Bate – 203-377-6745 ext 37 or Michael Silverstein – 203-377-6745 ext 14  100 Lupes Drive, Stratford, CT  06614


54 Lincoln Capri.  Ready to race in the Chihuahua Express in Turismo Mayor or Pan Am. An iconic competitor in La Carrera, Chihuahua Express and Pikes Peak. 360 Ford Racing engine with 650 cfm. Holley, remote oil cooler, aluminum radiator, H.D. T-5 five-speed close-ratio trans, Ford 9" rear axle, 4:10 Detroit locker diff, coil-overs,  torque arm 3 link with Panhard bar rear suspension, coil over front suspension, NASCAR power steering, 6 piston Wilwood front calipers, 4 piston Wilwood rears, 
Tilton pedal box assy with adj. brake bias. 28 gallon fuel cell, FIA approved Racetech seats
Monit Rally computer, Peltor intercom, Fast A/F meter, (2) on board fire systems.
fiberglas bumpers and inner fenders, Lexan windows, skid plate, rear difuser
extensive spares package, including molds, jigs and spare rolling body with frame
contact Bill Richert $60,0000. Cannot be duplicated for twice this amount.  Located in Phoenix.
The patina on the Lincoln is a Mylar “wrap.”
Contact Bill Richert at: Tel. 602-548-9368

The tentative dates for the 2015 Carrera Panamericana are October 15-22.  The route will be about the same as last year:  Veracruz to Durango.  Final plans should be announced next month, when registration will open.

Auto racing is dangerous in any form, and special rallies (road racing) in Mexico are no exception.  Carrera News is not an official publication of any race organization.  The views expressed here are the editor’s only. All competitors should have adequate experience or training before signing up for one of these events.

Gerie Bledsoe, North American Coordinator
La Carrera Panamericana and Chihuahua Express
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 850-66zero-178four
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 650-525-nine one 90

LCP Main Office
Mexico City +52-55-5586-6898
US Number 1-310-860-6959 (entries, general info)  (hotels and entry fees)

Chihuahua Express
Chacho Medina, President