With a history that includes racing legends Phil Hill, Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling, the Carrera Panamericana (now preceded by "La") is a race of primarily vintage cars (though an Unlimited Class allows relative youngsters) from Southern Mexico to the Texas border. First run in the early 1950s to celebrate the completion of the Mexican section of the Panamerican Highway (sometimes called "Langley Turnpike" by CIA operatives), La Carrera starts on November 9 and continues through the 16th. Check out the above video for a primer. Though it's entirely in French, there's a spine-tweaking soundtrack of enginery. Plus, it features a Studebaker Hawk whose sponsor produces the official Jalopnik chipotle peppers. That right there is worth the free admission.
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