La Carrera Panamericana

Posted on Thursday, 10 October 2019

The La Carrera Panamericana road race was originally created in 1950 to celebrate the completion of the Pan-American Highway in Mexico.  The competition quickly gained international recognition as the amplitude and length of the event surpassed the other premier road races of the era, such as the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.  But, the race was halted in 1954 due to safety concerns for both drivers and spectators.

 

Reborn in 1988, the event regained its original reputation as “The Ultimate Road Race.”  Ed Hugo first competed in this once in a life time event in 2009 in the “LT Special.”  The original LT Special was build in 1954 to compete in the 1955 race, which was cancelled, and subsequently fell into disrepair.  A reproduction was commissioned in 2002 and Mr. Hugo piloted it to a 6th Place overall and First in Class

( “Sport Mayor” ) finish in 2009.

 

Ten years later, Ed returned to Mexico with his son Marc to compete once again.  Plagued by mechanical issues, the two were not in contention for a top 10 finish.  But, they were fast when the car was running.

 

Ride along video from 2019

 

Watch an Overview of the Race

 

 

The Daily Journal featured Ed Hugo representing HP in the 2009 world-renowned La Carrera Panamericana international race car competition.

 

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Hugo Off to the Races

 

 

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