The 1980s were brutal for El Salvador. A civil war pitting guerrilla fighters against an oppressive military junta, and its massacre-loving death squads, raged. Tens of thousands were killed over 12 years of fighting. But the racing went on.
In his latest episode of Live and Let Drive, Alex Roy visits a racetrack near San Salvador built by enthusiasts in 1979. Some say the country's golden age of racing, for which the racetrack was ground zero, coincided with the darkest days of war. It's been 20 years since the conflict ended in the Chapultepec Peace Accords, and now the track is home base for the country's grassroots racing community.
And grassroots it is. The country's competitive drivers take the appropriate DIY measures to get their racing done. Think Lemons or Chump Car, but a serious as the crosshairs of a military stormtrooper. There's a lesson to be learned here for all of us. Oh, and Alex tries to get someone to let him drive their self-maintained beloveds. But will they relent?