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    La Carrera Panamericana in two days

    The biggest gathering of racing 53-54 Studebakers gets underway on the 12th of this month.

    Great times last year (see the February 2018 issue of TW) but I'll be back in Bakersfield this year for the Hot Rod Reunion. A few pictures from 2016.

    My buddy Javier Villanuvea's friend Carlos Ramierez will have a car in this year's Panamericana. Carlos has raced before as a copilot but this is his first year with his own car. It was completed just days ago in Efrain Vega's shop. Efrain builds many of the Panamericana race cars.

    Here are a few pictures of the build...











    Here is the car's first dyno pull...



    Dyno results...



    Keep in mind, Efrain's shop and dyno is in Ajusco, about 3,000 meters (9,000 feet) above sea level.

    Carlos' car will run in the Turismo de Production class which limits engine size to 310 cubic inches, iron heads, one 600 CFM 4 barrel, etc.

    Best of luck to Carlos!!
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    Nice looking car. What is the powerplant? SB Chevy? It sure does like to rev.

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    The roll cage looks hell for stout.
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    KOOL! Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgriggs View Post
    Nice looking car. What is the powerplant? SB Chevy? It sure does like to rev.

    Scott Griggs
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    I'm not sure, but I'd guess an '87 and up 305.



    Hopefully Javier or Carlos will see this and chime in.
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    I love this race and all the great Studebaker action. I hope to go down there to see it run someday. Someone posted a video a year or two ago taken with a camera inside one of the Studebakers and the results were breathtaking. Those drivers have nerves of steel and amazing endurance. I almost got car sick just watching it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Pile View Post
    The roll cage looks hell for stout.

    Its needed sometimes! I’ve run it a few times with my dad in a 55 Chrysler 300 and this was from 2012 which was the last year we ran it. When we went by all that was there was the yellow Stude which continued with the event after some minor repairs. They had a pretty big drop to get down there

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    Quote Originally Posted by pckelly44 View Post
    Its needed sometimes!
    For sure...



    "Bill Beilharz in his 1954 Studebaker, Day 5, Speedsection 2.
    Spare-copilot Max Hambloch
    Bill was knocked unconscious but remained unharmed."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Steinkamp View Post
    The biggest gathering of racing 53-54 Studebakers gets underway on the 12th of this month.

    Great times last year (see the February 2018 issue of TW) but I'll be back in Bakersfield this year for the Hot Rod Reunion. A few pictures from 2016.

    My buddy Javier Villanuvea's friend Carlos Ramierez will have a car in this year's Panamericana. Carlos has raced before as a copilot but this is his first year with his own car. It was completed just days ago in Efrain Vega's shop. Efrain builds many of the Panamericana race cars.

    Here are a few pictures of the build...











    Here is the car's first dyno pull...



    Dyno results...



    Keep in mind, Efrain's shop and dyno is in Ajusco, about 3,000 meters (9,000 feet) above sea level.

    Carlos' car will run in the Turismo de Production class which limits engine size to 310 cubic inches, iron heads, one 600 CFM 4 barrel, etc.

    Best of luck to Carlos!!

    Nice! I really like these cars. That 49 Caddy fastback is one of my favorites.

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    I don't see what caused the incident? Glad he is OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Steinkamp View Post
    I'm not sure, but I'd guess an '87 and up 305.



    Hopefully Javier or Carlos will see this and chime in.

    As I understand, later model Vortex heads (like in my 1998 Chevy c2500) and matching intake really wake those 305's up. I don't think they would change the c.i. either. YMMV though.

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    Greetings from Mexico.
    Just asked Carlos Ramirez about the specifications on his engine, it is a 305 and he is willing to share the full specifications and parts, the race practices started today and he finished 12th overall, and first in class, not bad for a cat that just finished it's build last friday and is completly new to Carlos.
    here are the first day results.

    https://lacarrerapanamericana.com.mx...DIA-0-2018.pdf

    Douglas Mockett's Oldsmobile did not participated in today's practices.
    here is a nice video of his Oldsmob

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    Mockett's Oldsmobile Vs Gabriel Perez Studebaker Keep in mind that Mockett is 77 years old!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KHyVIrb290&t=106s

    Javier Villanueva.

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    Dick, thanks for starting this thread. It will be a great way to follow this exciting event.
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    This video is a blast. Nice driving from both parties. I can't imagine being in the drivers seat! Well, after watching this maybe a bit ...


    Quote Originally Posted by javier villanueva ruiz View Post
    Mockett's Oldsmobile Vs Gabriel Perez Studebaker Keep in mind that Mockett is 77 years old!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KHyVIrb290&t=106s

    Javier Villanueva.

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    I enjoyed the video clip, as well. Looks like a nice drive through the countryside, on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. LOL It will be interesting, now to follow this years race.

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    I swear, Javier knows EVERYONE!

    The video Javier posted was from 2015. Angelica Fuentes is the navigator for Doug Mockett in this clip (which she was for several years). Angelica lives in England but participates in high speed rallies around the world. She is one of the best. Last year she switched cars and was the co piloto for Gabriel Perez in his Studebaker. Javier introduced us to Angelica in Guanajuato. Here's Javier and Angelica with Gabriel's car in Guanajuato...



    Although Angelica was swamped then by autograph seekers and well wishers, she gave us as much time as we wanted to ask questions and hear her stories. She might just be the best promoter of the Carrera. Here's a short video of her...



    While having dinner in Morelia, Javier noticed Doug Mockett and his party sitting at a nearby table. Javier knows Doug (of course) and introduced us to him and his navigator. Like all the participants in the race, Doug was gracious and spent as much time with us as we wanted. His navigator drifted off after a while to attend the drivers' meeting in Doug's place so that Doug could continue to visit with us. Here's Doug, his navigator and my friend Larry in Morelia. Larry is the president of the NorCal Oldsmobile club and owns 4 1950 Oldsmobiles including the coupe with a J2 and Cad/LaSalle stick shift trans he had in high school in 1959. Maybe the high point of Larry's trip was to meet Doug.

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    Thanks, Dick. I really enjoy learning about the people who participate in this great event as well as some of the back stories.
    Sometimes in conversation I will tell people that if they want to see a super race with some great people and lots of Studebaker action they should log in to this event.
    Love the videos.
    Thanks for keeping us informed, Dick. And to all of the rest of you who know so much about this race and people who run it.
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    It is a great video clip, The lady navigator in Mockett's car is Angelica Fuentes she is a famous navigator and competes in Europe, she navigated for Mockett from 2008 to 2015 and Ironicaly she is now the copilot on Gabriel Perez Studebaker number 122.

    Gabriel and Angelica raced together in the past and in 2006 they won the race on a 53 Ford sedan in Turismo Production class, this has been the only time that a car in this class wins the race overall, keep in mind that there is around 200 HP difference bettwen the main Turismo Major class.
    this two classes are the only ones that allow suspension modifications, (racing type) the other 7 classes only allow safety modifications Brakes Etc. any other modifications have to be accordingly to the year and model of the car.
    The reason they won on this smaller engine Ford was that this race is 7 days long and if the 5 cars ahead of you make mistakes or have a small brake down then every second counts.

    Mockett has been competing this race for more than 26 years, he won overall in 2002, he uses a Hendrick motorsports engine and Dick S. talked to his lead mechanic and has more information on his car.

    This is also a great Video clip in English, Mockett's Oldsmobile and Angelica Fuentes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbdyJbJaxLM

    The race starts today, Friday and ends next Thursday. any questions Dick and I can answer and investigate.

    Regards.

    Javier Villanueva.

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    Jim,
    Thanks for posting.

    Good news that Angelica and Gabriel are both OK. They had a very competitive car last year even experiencing some transmission problems. They would have done well this year.
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    Javier and I think alike.

    Ed's post caused Javier to remember a story. It's all true...some of the names have been left out to protect the guilty. As Javier tells it...


    "A few years back at the end of the Carrera I was sharing breakfast with a navigator and at that time he was co pilot for a wealthy driver. He mentioned that the months before the race the driver purchased one of the top Carrera Studebakers, equipped with all the bells and whistles, at least $150,000 USD. The plans were to race it and win. A few months before the race the driver called the navigator and announced that he had sold the Studebaker and used the money to purchase a large diamond ring for his new wife. The copilot was devastated since his passion was to win the Carrera and they now had to race it in the driver's slower car.

    A few weeks later my wife Veronica asked me about my trip to the Carrera. She is not into cars and rarely pays any attention to my stories. I also own several Studebakers including a 53 Champion hardtop and a 53 Commander coupe both in beautiful condition. After telling her the story about the driver purchasing this state of the art Studebaker, but then turning it into a big diamond ring for his wife, Veronica did not even blink when I was talking, which is quite rare when I'm talking about cars. After I finished she calmly told me now I know that Studebakers can be turned into Diamond Rings, when will you be selling the first one?"
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    Angelica Fuentes explaining today's accident, a failure in the steering. first in Spanish then in English.

    https://www.facebook.com/angelica.f....5j3xlKIqfmAebc

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    The postings on the race are very interesting...both the cars and the people! Thank you.

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    Last year winners Ricardo Cordero and Marco Hernandes had an accident yesterday, both are OK. they were the leaders as of day 3.
    as you can see in the video some of the roads are wet, they had a side collision with a Pine tree,
    this is why they need a well constructed roll cage, the rules state that weight need to be around the original as new for the car, plus some percentage for safety items, for Studebakers this translates in a minimum weight of 3,306 pounds.

    https://www.facebook.com/Control.Din...ExMTkzMjYwMzI/

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    One of my favorite videos from last year. Mainly because it is mostly Studebakers, and I can recognize some of the places.

    https://www.facebook.com/Control.Din...3085228570288/

    I believe all the cars in this video are from Control Dinamico de Masas (Dynamic Mass Control). A race car builder in Mexico City.
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