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Dick Steinkamp
10-23-2015, 10:45 AM
My buddy Javier lives near Aquascalientes, Mexico which is usually on the race circuit. He has attended at least some of the stages for many years. He also owns several very fine and rare Studebakers. This video gives a little flavor for the race, but most importantly shows his beautifully restored 53 Hardtop for a few seconds around 1:36...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCDAfSlSacI&app=desktop

Commander Eddie
10-23-2015, 11:00 AM
Dick, that was a great video. I got a sense of what the venue looks like. The car mounted cameras presented an exhilarating viewing experience. I think I counted at least 6 Studebakers. They look fantastic coming around those corners at high speed. No wonder they are so popular in that race. Thanks for sharing this. It made my morning.

Dick Steinkamp
10-23-2015, 11:22 AM
How about this ride along in a Studebaker. Be sure to go full screen and HD if you have a fast connection...

https://www.facebook.com/1430243937187756/videos/1681491545396326/

Commander Eddie
10-23-2015, 11:50 AM
Yeeowzer! That'll get your blood pumping!

skyway
10-23-2015, 12:31 PM
How's come everything morphs behind that magic bush EXCEPT the Czech's big Bimmer?

JRoberts
10-23-2015, 01:15 PM
It is wonderful to see big American sedans corner flat like a car really should. Yes, I know they are highly modified but it still looks cool. This event always reminds me of the international rally circuit back in the 1950's and '60's.

tempestan
10-23-2015, 09:56 PM
Dick:

Thanks for posting..........really cool to see those 50's Studes and other American iron going thru the paces.

tempestan

sals54
10-23-2015, 11:28 PM
Dang Dick. That was awesome. Now I'm starting to get some really cool ideas for the next paint scheme on the Coupe. Maybe even the Wagon in a La Carrera Panamericana paint scheme. OOOooooo, that would be nice.

candbstudebakers
10-24-2015, 01:38 AM
Two years ago I sold a 55 hardtop to a person from Mexico to build one for the race it might have been in this race.

Studeous
10-24-2015, 06:08 AM
What's with the scoop on the roof?

Buzzard
10-24-2015, 11:39 AM
Thanks for posting Dick! I had no idea there were still so many Studes participating. Great stuff!!
Bill

BobWaitz
11-04-2015, 04:02 PM
From Gerie Bledsoe

**PAN-AM 2915 RESULTS – NEW CHAMP CROWNED

The 28th modern Pan-Am ended October 22 in Durango.

Emilio Velázquez, from Oaxaca, and Javier Caballero, are the newest Pan-Am Champs. Emilio was a DNF last year, but this year he improved his time coming down Mil Cumbres by 30 seconds, for example, to put enough time on his closet challenger, Hilaire Damiron (FR). Even so, his margin of victory after 7 long days of racing was only 27 seconds. According to some reports, Damiron was just trying too hard to win and was losing time sliding around the corners. The champ for the past two years, Gabriel Pérez (MX), finished 8th after having engine problems early in the race.

Another former Pan-Am champion from Chiapas, Jorge Pedrero (2010), driving a Turismo Production car (only 302 c.i., compared to 360 c.i. for the top class, Turismo Mayor) finished 4th overall, winning his class by a huge margin. Seven of the first ten cars were ’53-‘54 Studebakers.

Doug Mockett and Anglica Fuentes, the top U.S. challenger and his Mexican navigator finished 5th in class and 6th overall. Doug reportedly had brake problems near the end of the event and failed to move up the finishing order like last year. Unfortunately, our other U.S. contender for top honors, Paul Hladky, was unable to participate this year.

Congratulations to Taz Harvey (Norcal) and Rudy Vadjak for their 1st in Historic “B” and 9th overall. Taz said he had problems with his Datsun Z-car along the way, but managed to dominate the 911s in his class again.

Conrad Stevenson and rookie co-piloto David Le, from northern California, also took 1st in Historic “A Plus” and 13th overall. Conrad's Alfa got my vote for the sexiest car in the event. Historic “A Plus” (four cylinders, 1966-1972) became the 2d most popular classes in the Pan-Am with 15 entries. Historic “C’ led again with 19 entries.

Rookies Iain Dobson (U.S., English) and Jeff Trasher in their beautiful white Ford Escort RS finished 2d in Historic “A Plus,” while Martin Lauber (U.S.) was close behind in 3d. Apparently, Martin decided to take his navigator-bride, Kelly, on a little off-road excursion. Many others followed suit during the week. Martin also organized a group of four Historic “A Plus” cars, including Mike and Peggy Thurlow (23d overall), Tom Minnich and Cristin Combs (29th overall), and Mark Colbert and Deborah DeSantis (47th overall). No group had more fun!

Karlo Flores (Canada) and Juan Salgado Flores (MX), both Pan-Am rookies, won 1st in Sports Menor (modified sports cars with less than 2000 c.c.). Renée Brinkerhoff (U.S.) and Robert Mendoza (MX), who are gaining rock star status in the event, finished 2d. Rene had a little off road excursion during the qualifying run that caused serious problems on two or three days, but her great crew kept her car running to the end.

Rookie Matt Hummel and vet Chris Cochrane, both from Northern California, finished 3d in Turismo Production and 36th overall. They were driving Frank Oliveto's latest creation, a ‘40 Cadillac LeSalle. According to Frank, the only problems they experienced was a broken shock absorber, and a bout of "touristica." This unique car, powered by a Chevy 302 engine, is being offered for sale.

A special mention must be extended to rookies Rob Miller and Will Horne in their Shelby Mustang for their 37th place finish. You may recall that their car was built by students at a local technical college in NE Texas and one of the students, Mr. Horne, won the drawing among the students to ride along as the navigator. Felicidades! to a great team and story!

One of Todd Landon's “Mustangs-to-Go,” driven by a crew from New Zealand (Warren Brigg and Gerry Bashford) won the hotly contested Historic ”C” class and finished 14th overall. Historic C missed some of its hot shoe regulars like Chip Fudge and Jack Rogers, among others. The beautiful ’67 Camaro, from Mats Hammarlund Racing, that finished in the top ten last year, only managed 21st place this year and 3d in Historic “C.” Another Camaro from Mexico finished 48th, while a Corvette from Germany ended in 61st, just behind Bledsoe and Garcia.

Sam Burg, from southern California, the co-piloto in the LT Special that finished 2d in Sports Major and 43d overall was disqualified after the race was over because Sam did not replace his out-of-date helmet along the way with a new one.



Other U.S.-Canadian results:

Michael and Kristi Shoemaker (Neb.), 50th overall, crash, last day, no serious injuries

Jake Shuttlesworth (TX) and C.J. Strupp (IN), 52d overall, engine problems

Steve Walters and Janet McFarland (VA), 56th overall, engine problems

Miles Jones and Robert Gehlan (Norcal), 59th overall, the power-steering curse

Gerie Bledsoe (FLA) and Fer Garcia (Mex.), 60th overall, broken hydraulic lifter

Christian Reichardt (Socal) and Dan Roche (Canada), 63d overall, engine problems

Steve and Janet deserved special recognition for driving their Mercedes “Fintail” from Alexandria, VA to the start of the race and planning to drive it back. Reportedly the car was towed to Laredo from Zacatecas, where it will be shipped back home. Steve and Janet are the last of the hearty souls from the U.S. who planned to drive their race car all the way to Mexico, race it, and then drive it back. We wish them the best.

Jake Shuttlesworth and other drivers helped carry a ton of wool scraps from Austin to Mexico for a group of Indian women outside of San Miguel de Allende who recycle it to make rugs and other items for sale. Gracias a todos!

There were several serious accidents during the Pan-Am, but as far as I know, there were no serious injuries. Ironically, the results of the race list three cars in the top ten who did not drive across the finish line, because of the rule that gives a car that does not finish the day the best time in the class plus two-minute penalties.

Dick Steinkamp
11-04-2015, 04:38 PM
Another former Pan-Am champion from Chiapas, Jorge Pedrero (2010), driving a Turismo Production car (only 302 c.i., compared to 360 c.i. for the top class, Turismo Mayor) finished 4th overall, winning his class by a huge margin. Seven of the first ten cars were ’53-‘54 Studebakers.



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StudeRich
11-04-2015, 04:50 PM
I agree with Dick's recap, the only part of all that BLA, Bla bla, that matters. ;)

BobWaitz
11-04-2015, 07:05 PM
Haters gonna hate... I won't waste your time posting about the two times I raced down there because we were in Oldsmobiles.

StudeRich
11-04-2015, 07:11 PM
Haters gonna hate... I won't waste your time posting about the two times I raced down there because we were in Oldsmobiles.

You right Bob, I don't care, but in the proper "Stovehuggers Forum" there are plenty of folks that would enjoy it, so go for it.

I don't hate anything, I just ignore that which is not important to ME or posted in the wrong place.

tempestan
11-04-2015, 09:34 PM
Bob Waitz..........how about posting some photos of your Oldsmobile and some commentary.

tempestan

Dick Steinkamp
11-04-2015, 09:51 PM
Bob Waitz..........how about posting some photos of your Oldsmobile and some commentary.

tempestan

...X2 :!:...

Studebakercenteroforegon
11-04-2015, 10:29 PM
Oldsmobile! The 1950 race was won by Portland, Oregon's own Hershel McGriff in a 1950 Oldsmobile!

Commander Eddie
11-05-2015, 08:44 AM
Oldsmobile! The 1950 race was won by Portland, Oregon's own Hershel McGriff in a 1950 Oldsmobile!

Jerry, you never cease to amaze me with the stuff you know and remember. Did you know Hershel?

I started following this race a few years ago and love the fact that Studebakers do so consistently well, even though they are heavily modified. But then, so are all the other cars in that race. I suspect the body shape may have something to do with this. Anyone know if this is true?

Studebakercenteroforegon
11-05-2015, 12:20 PM
Jerry, you never cease to amaze me with the stuff you know and remember. Did you know Hershel?

I started following this race a few years ago and love the fact that Studebakers do so consistently well, even though they are heavily modified. But then, so are all the other cars in that race. I suspect the body shape may have something to do with this. Anyone know if this is true?
Hershel raced Nascar in the early 50s and then retired from racing to run a very successful lumber business in Bridal Veil, OR. He then got back in to racing in the mid 60s, winning many races in the Pacific Coast Late Model Division, later known as Winston West. I saw him race and win many times at the Portland Speedway. Hersh Jr. raced a sportsman at River City Speedway in St. Helens (1/4 mile dirt) about 20 years ago, and once in a while Hershel Sr. would be there to spectate.

hobiejack11
11-05-2015, 01:47 PM
Foo on Watkins Glen, this is real road racing.