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Pan-American Race Returns to San Miguel de Allende

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The San Miguel racing car manufacturer MH Racing will participate in the racing pit

By Karla Ortiz

Lovers of adrenaline and extreme sports will be able to enjoy the passage of the famed Carrera Panamericana (Pan-American Race) through San Miguel de Allende for the first time in 25 years.

San Miguel’s own MH Racing de San Miguel will have 13 members of their staff in charge of the racing pit, taking care of cars from Sweden, England, Holland, and the United States.

The race cars will arrive in San Miguel on October 16 at 4pm, en route from the community of Santa Rosa de Lima, Guanajuato. Sanmiguelenses will be able to observe the cars passing through the Ancha de San Antonio and Calle Nemesio Diez, from where there will be a procession with all the drivers and co-drivers that will end up at the Jardín. The drivers will remain there at least one hour to sign autographs and take photographs with spectators. The following day, their departure will be very early as their return to Santa Rosa de Lima is scheduled for 8:30am.

The Carrera Panamericana is a rally-format car race, one of the most important in its category, considered a mix of prestigious races like the 1,000 Miles Race in Argentina and the Targa Florio in Italy. Starting on October 12, around 80 classic competition cars (Mustangs, Camaros, and Porsches among others) with drivers and co-drivers of more than 14 nationalities will travel about 3,000 kilometers through México. The race starts in Oaxaca and then continues through México City, Querétaro, Morelia, San Miguel de Allende, and Zacatecas until concluding in Durango on October 18, with observers from dozens of municipalities and rural communities all over México watching as the cars pass through.

As the rules of rally racing dictate that the routes are on public roadways, race organizers count on the support of the governments to pull off this annual interstate race, which uses more than 100 rally auto racing professionals with technical, security, and logistics experience.

 

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The Carrera Panamericana was sponsored in the 1950s by the Mexican government with the idea of attracting tourism and foreign investment. Since then and throughout the years, it has enjoyed great popularity and has brought together different automobile groups from around the world.

 

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