- Angie and Edgardo in their Volvo

Obsessed with La Carrera Panamericana!

Angelica is back in the navigators seat for her 25th time competing in Mexico's notorious road race!

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If you've been following the World Rallies tribe for a while you'll have read about Angie's previous Panamericana outings. In recent years she has been competing for the Museo del Automovil racing team, in their Studebaker Champion. Things have not gone well in the last few years; while they still managed to achieve 3rd place overall last year but the car was once again plagued with reliability problems. Gabriel, the driver of the car, felt the issues were causing him to push beyond safe limits to remain competitive. As such he pulled the plug on their entry for this years race, opting to take a year out to get the car perfect and back in the running for the top spot on the podium!

The Museo del Automovil Racing Team Studebaker Champion

The Museo del Automovil Racing Team Studebaker Champion

Whilst in total agreement with Gabriel's decision, Angie was disappointed to miss what would have been the silver anniversary of her La Carrera races. 'You won't miss the race' I told her. 'I bet someone will snap up such an experienced navigator as you!'. Sure enough before the week was out Angie was smiling again, she had been asked to navigate in a different car on the Panamericana! Angelica comes from a car mad, racing family and the invite came from none other than her brother Edgardo!

This year Angie was chauffeured by her brother Edgardo

This year Angie was chauffeured by her brother Edgardo

It's 28 years since the pair last raced together but Angie said it felt like only yesterday and was great to be back racing with her brother again. They began with a small shake down event, the Rally Patrio based in Morelia. It was going well, till electrical problems left them stuck just 20kms from the finish line! This is what shake down runs are for though, to find, and fix, any issues like this.

Electrical problems on the Rally Patrio but the team is still smiling!

Electrical problems on the Rally Patrio but the team is still smiling!

Their car of choice was a 1959 Volvo Special 544. Not as quick as the Studebaker but still eligible for the Turismo Mayor Class of La Carrera. What the lack in power they make up for with skill and teamwork though and still remain competitive throughout, finishing 5th in their class. Unsurprisingly the top 3 places once again went to Studebaker Champions. The question is, will Angie return to her seat in the Museo del Automovil Studebaker next year, or will she continue to compete with her brother? And will Edgardo's original navigator, that Angie replaced, ever speak to him again?

The trusty Volvo!

The trusty Volvo!

This years event attracted an incredible array of cars, including this stunning Ferrari 250 Testarossa recreation!

Ferrari 250 GTO recreation

Ferrari 250 GTO recreation

Sadly though La Carrera Pan-americana again lived up to it's reputation as the most dangerous race in the world. 2 competing cars, a GT40 and a Porsche 911 both crashed into a ravine during the race. Apparently a National Guard vehicle was also involved in the incident which happened on a bend in the road during the Indé to San Cristobal section in the state of Durango. While no more information is available as to the cause of the accident, race officials have stated that there were no fatalities and no serious injuries. I will update in the comments if I hear anymore, though I suspect that won't be till Angie is back in the UK to give me her first hand account of the event.

GT40, 911 and National Guard car lie in a ravine in Durango county.

GT40, 911 and National Guard car lie in a ravine in Durango county.

Photos courtesy of Angelica Fuentes and official Carrera Panamericana press photos

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