La Carrera Pan Americana Participants to be Honored

Petersen Automotive Museum Celebrates the Historic Mexican Road Races of 1950-1954 Cars, Drivers and Crew from the Five-year Racing Span to Convene at Petersen Automotive Museum Saturday, May 6, 2000 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. To commemorate the ...

Petersen Automotive Museum Celebrates the Historic Mexican Road Races of 1950-1954 Cars, Drivers and Crew from the Five-year Racing Span to Convene at Petersen Automotive Museum

Saturday, May 6, 2000 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To commemorate the historic event of the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Mexican Road Race, also known as La Carrera Panamericana, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is gathering the cars, drivers and crew for a special evening May 6th at the Museum. Tickets are $45 per person which includes dinner and Museum parking.

One-hundred thirty-two cars, mostly U.S. sedans, were entered in the first event which covered nine legs over six days. Herschel McGriff of Portland, Oregon did not win a single leg but drove a smart race in his 1950 Oldsmobile 88 to outlast the hard chargers and win the first Mexican Road Race. For the races following, the direction was reversed; starting in the South at Tuxtla Gutierrez and ending after five days at the northern border in Juarez. Worldwide publicity created an aura about the event and attracted between 100 to 200 entries each subsequent year. Last year for the race was November 1954.

Advance reservations are required. For event information call Susan Garcia at 323-964-6359.

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