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Nicolina Hubert (right) and co-pilot Anna Sorensson are set to run their vintage Saab 96 — bearing the Steinbeckian sobriquet of "The Pearl" — in La Carrera Panamericana. The 96 was famously campaigned in rallies by Erik Carlsson back in the early 1960s and enjoyed a 20-year production run, with the last one trundling off the line in 1980. Quirk appeal? Totally. Distaff factor? Awesome. The qualifying flag drops in the morning. The cars have been stickered and painted up. Blood types have been added to the sides of doors. God, we we wish we were there. Vaya con Ronnie James Dio, friends!

"The Pearl" is prepared for La Carrera Panamericana [Autodeadline]

La Carrera Panamericana: Rachel Arrives in Veracruz [Internal]