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The Carrera Panamericana Mexico has long been considered the toughest car race in the world and took place exclusively on public roads. Complex rules as we know them today from other races (and yet not always not understood) were not given any thought back then: the fastest was the winner. Very easily!
In 1950 the first race was in nine stages over a distance of almost 3500 km. That made it twice as long as the Mille Miglia. About 130 teams started and only five-seater series sedans were allowed. A total of four people died in this race: two racing drivers and two spectators. Because of too many fatal accidents, the road race was held for the last time in 1954. In 1988 the event was revived as a rally for classic cars.
After six days, or more precisely a driving time of 27:34:25, this Oldsmobile 88 # 52 won the Carrera Panamericana. The drivers were NASCAR driver Hershel McGriff and Ray Elliott (both USA) from the Roy Sundstrom team. They were sponsored by the City of Roses.