In 1950, the Mexican Government commissioned a race to celebrate the completion of the Pan-American Highway, the Carrera Panamericana. For five years, the race attracted drivers from all over the globe. Pushing the pedal to the floor for 2000 miles across the wilderness of Mexico in the fifties resulted in many fatalities, especially once factory works teams and their professional drivers pushed the average speed even higher. After 1954, the The La Carrera Panamericana got shot down for good.
Today, the race is back, featuring both marathon sections in normal traffic and closed speed stages, with 80 international teams competing with vintage race cars including Porsches, all sorts of classic American iron, Datsun Zs, Jaguars, Lancias, BMWs and Fords, ranging from Mark 1 Escorts to early Mustangs.
In 2015, filmmaker joined Rob and John on their adventure with a 1962 Porsche 356B, which used to be a track car in New Zealand before taking home the category trophy both in 2009 and 2010. For the race two years ago, the car graduated to a higher class, featuring a bigger, 140 horsepower engine, balanced at least as much for reliability as for performance.
Now, it's your turn to join them as they dive deep into this vast country, through large cities and by volcanos, doing a competition that's hard on the cars, hard on the people, but luckily, still not as hard on your wallet as many other historic races. And when you hit the inevitable oil slick on the road, comes the spin, and the hardcore wrenching all night long...