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Technical 1954 La Carrera PanAmericana

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. Ryan
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  2. jimmitchell70
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    That's the kind of stuff that gets me all kinds of fired up!
    I wish we could hear the cars on that long straight-away.
    Thanks for posting it!
     
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  3. skywolf
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    Great stuff ! The Carrera has the dubious distinction of having the highest mortality rate per race in the history of motorsport. I am surprised that anyone finshed the race when you see how some of those cars ended up.
     
  4. windjammer
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    Nice peice of history.
     

  5. gnichols
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    Jeez, Louise, nice film. No spectators injured in the running of this race? Loved the dog and burro shots! Ak is a hero, with the fastest and fugly-est hot rod ever. Gary
     
  6. flamingokid
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    I think tire and suspension technology have come a long way in the last 50 years.Only the foreign jobs were managing that last corner.
     
  7. Hollywood-East
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    What an Amazing piece of film!!! Love the Porsches.... Thanx for posting
     
  8. koth
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    Wow, that sure looked like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing it, music was great too!
     
  9. vintage6t
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    Interesting enough, last year I sold a 65 Valaint convertible to a guy who was planning on running it in the modern incarnation of the La Carrera PanAmericana. I think in the "historic" class.
     
  10. Fopelaez
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    It is also an endurance race, you can tell by the looks of the racers when they hop off their cars.
    Its a lifetime experience to be at one of the stops waiting for cars to arrive. If you ever got the chance you have to live it.
     
  11. Carson,,One of our members on the '54 Ford Club of America site drives this race every year or so with his daughter. HRP

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    Carson runs in the stock class and has won a couple of times in that devisoin,,he didn't far to well this year,HRP
     
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  12. Faded Love Garage
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    Stude we did some work on here at Bruces. [​IMG][​IMG]and his Mercedes.
     
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  14. autobilly
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    Great film, really gives a feel for the '54 event.
     
  15. moparob
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    What a neat film makes you wish you could have been around in that corner of the world in the 50's, cant get enough of the Saratogas and New Yorkers!
     
  16. Some pics of the 54 Pan American from GT350Ladys site .

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  17. NICE!! Thanks for the video and pics.
     
  18. sled
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    Great stuff Ryan...

    im a sucker for all the Carrera 50/54 stuff especially original pics so im still on a mission to rescue a huge private Panam pics/slights/negatives archive from the son a pro photographer (now 82 ) that he took personally in the 5 races

    This stuff has never been shown for some reasons ..and still locked in a room after 3 generations of photographers... fingers crossed
     
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  19. Fopelaez
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    Let some pictures speak for themselves:

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    This were taken in La Carrera 2010.
     
  20. Faded Love Garage
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    At 3 min and 35 sec into Hotrodprimers video, you can see Guther's Mercedes that's in my pics.
     
  21. Ahhh, that went well with my morning dark roast! Gracias!
     
  22. styleline
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  23. RHOPPER
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    From a time when people did what they wanted and took responsibility for it. Love that era. Thanks for sharing.
     
  24. MODELA30
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    Now that was cool. Muchas gracias mi amigo muchas grasias!! El Knuck de Indiana
     
  25. That made my week. boom.
     
  26. GARY?
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    Damn fine racing.
     
  27. Greybeard
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    Gotta love the background music... reminds me of a trip to Baja in the late 60's in a pristine '60 Desoto that came back looking like a refugee from the crusher..... Here's a link to all the Studebakers that ran in the '54 Pana <CITE>www.studebakerracing.com/internat2.html</CITE>
     
  28. magoozi
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    In the late eighties, I worked at Antique Automotive in San Diego, we had a 54 merc or lincoln that was all restored in the showroom and had raced at the panamerican race, if I remember, the engine had been built by Vic Edelbrock for the race, the car was a pale yellow but I cant remember if it had a black or white roof, I know we sold the car to a collector , but I cant remember who purchased it.
     
  29. 15ASedan
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    Link to a video my Dad shot from the 1954 La Carrera Panamericana.
    My Dad was a crew member for the Stroppe Lincoln team for the '54 La Carrerra Panamericana. Footage was taken from one of the team backup/chase cars and from various stages of the race
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R8Z8mPaIjs

    Thinking of adding background music. Perhaps 'Hot Rod Lincoln' and 'La Bamba'
     
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  30. Marty Strode
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    These are shots of Portland, Oregon's Len Sutton with his 1954 entry, he crashed while attempting to miss a herd of cattle in the road. He suffered a broken vertebrae and was flown to a Mexico City hospital, for a body cast!
     

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