October 19, 2017 Day 7 – Final day

Day 7 – Zacatecas to Durango

After a 390 km tranzit first thing in the morning we got to the service place at a gas station along the Durango – Mazatlan road. We had a strong morning, the top 10. But at Espinoza del Diablo the cluch started slipping and it was not safe to continue.

This year we finished the race on the top of the trailer. We knew this will be a learning experience and it is a bummer that we did not get to go through the finish line in Durango, but Taz is already working on a work list what needs to be changed and improved like gearing, brakes and cooling systems.

two days after the finish of the race and there are still no final results on the race website. http://www.lacarrerapanamericana.com.mx/2017/

It is a little frustrating too. Hopefully soon ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks to #hoosiertires #dublinmazdaracing #davidsracingproducts and Russ and Eric!

#115 Studebaker Hilaire and Laura Damiron Turismo Mayor
#114 Pontiac Star
Heinz Janits and csorz Robert
Turismo Mayor
#113 Studebaker
#121 Studebaker Champion
#139 Studebaker
#328 Porsche 911
#141 Studebaker – Taz coming in for the last service
Filling up at a gas station….
Last service
#125 Studebaker
#286 Escort RS 1600 Ian Dobson and Jeff Tresher Historica A Plus
#452 Porshe 911 RSR
#59 Studebaker
#303 Porche 911 Jose Salamanca and Jose Salamanca R. Historica B
#390 Ford Mustang
#222 Porsche 356B
#40 Studebaker
#389 Ford Falcon Historica C
#247 LT Sport



Next race for the Studebaker will be the 25 hours of Thunderhill the first weekend of December 2017


October 18, 2017 Day 6

Day 6 San Luis Potosi to Zacatecas

Pearl ran OK day through all eight speed sections today. And we are placing in the upper ten in pretty much every stage.

Making friends is our business. Getting street tacos for lunch at La Congoja. And they were awesome!
Service at La Congoja, little village up in the mountains in Aguascalientes. We take up pretty much the entire main street.
Servicing on e main street at La Congoja
#202 Studebaker Dictator
Scott Laurance and Matt Laurence
Turismo Produccion
#157 Porsche 356 Sport Menor
La Congoja has an interesting church
La Congoja – away from the main street

October 17, 2017 Day 5

Day 5 – Guanajuato – San Luis Potosi

The day started good, we finished 5th yesterday and so were placed 8th on the starting position for Day 5. The three morning sections went well – 7th, 7th and 6th respectively – unofficial results.

Coming in for service
Filling up

But than during the second speed section the clutch started slipping and Taz played it safe and had us come to pick them and Pearl up – in the middle of beautiful nowhere ๐Ÿ˜

Pearl is getting a ride back to the hotel to have the clutch worked on.

Line of cars waiting for the road to open after a speed section…..

So far this has been a very challenging race. Pearl is a new car for us and it is taking some time “getting to know each other” ๐Ÿ˜Š As of the official results after the 4th day we are 11th in our class and 28th overall.

Few pictures from today:

#115 Studebaker
Hilaire and Laura Damiron
Turismo Mayor
#113 Studebaker
Emilio Velazquez and Javier Marin Caballero
Turismo Mayor
#139 Studebaker
Richardo Cordero and Marco Hernandez
Turismo Mayor
In the lead after the 4th day
#122 Studebaker
Gabriel Perez and Angelica Fuentes
Turismo Mayor
#389 Ford Falcon
Xavier Lamadrid Sr. and Ricardo Navaro
Historica C

Service pictures:

October 16, 2017 Day 4

Day4 – Morelia – Guanajuato

Exciting day today. They moved our starting position to 12 to make it so we had only faster cars around us ย we still caught the car in front during the stages. However the official results were off but several minutes per stage on day 3 ย we are waiting to see if they use the GPS Eztrack times instead of the 30 year old timing system…

The first 3 stages in the morning were the same stages in Mil Cumbre we ran yesterday but in opposite direction. In the unofficial results we ran 5th, 5th and 6th respectively. After 250 km of transit and slow moving through the Welcome arches at Dolores Hidalgo, where the service was held, the engine started to overheat.

Working on cooling the engine and fixing the fan problem

The clouds started gathering but fortunately it did not rain.

There were 3 speed sections in the afternoon betweenย the town Dolores Hidalgo and Guanajuato. Pearl ran 8th, 2nd and 15th respectively, all unofficial results.

Plaza de La Paz, downtown Guanajuato where the race ended for the day.
Leaving the finish area and going for more service.

There is no drivers meeting tonight so we do not know yet if we have moved up in the starting order.


October 15, 2017 Day 3

Day 3 – Mexico City to Morelia

Pearl is all fixed and ready to go. After fixing the car last night a storm came and Taz decided to change tires to rain tires and because it was pouring down rain Eric and Russ got up early and changed them before the race started at 7:30 am.

First bad news of the day was learning that we would start 68th because we did not race yesterday. That was a huge problem as it turned out later. There were four speed stages in the morning and because we were top ten car starting 68th, there was a big speed differential. Taz had to pass 3 or 4 cars per stage and that slowed him down. ย He still did awesome, unofficial results from the EZtrakrally app show Taz and Francisco between 4th and 12th place in each stage..

Service was in cute town of Temascalcingo, right down town…..where the streets are not very wide to begin with … now add to it 70 plus race cars ….. and their support vehicles with trailers…..

The cops were great dirrecting traffic and getting us a place to work on the car.

Try to work on the car when you are surrounded by people who want to take picture of your car, with your car, you…. fun, fun, fun

Two stages at Mil Cumbre in the afternoon, 1st stage we were 7th over all, 16 seconds off the leader and 2nd stage we had traffic problems and finished 6th.


October 14, 2017 Day 2

Day 2 – Puebla to Mexico City

Not a very good day for us.

Last night Taz and Francisco had to work on their helmets as Taz’s head set did not work properly and Francisco had to gesture the calls for each turn during the last speed stage. All fixed and working on that end.

But Pearl is having electrical problems. So there is no racing for us today. Everyone is working on the car now so she will be ready for tomorrow.

New thing! There is an app called EZtrakrally in the app store. You can follow all racing cars during each speed section on your phone ๐Ÿ‘ Pearl’s number is 141

October 13, 2017 Day 1

Day 1 – Queretaro to Puebla

Early morning today – got up at 4 am and we were loaded and on the road by 5 am as we have to be at the service stop at Pena Blanca before they close the road for the first speed section. All speed stages today are in the mountains around Pena de Bernal – high altitude and tight turns.
There are 6 speed stages today raging from 7.24 km to 27.77 km.

The day went well but there is a problem with the results as it shows that we missed a stage and that put us into 19 place over all. Francisco is working on it to have it fixed.

When we got to Pena Blanca it was still pitch black but soon the mountains started peeking out of the darkness. Pena Blanca – our service for the day. Where the cone is, that is where the car is going to be worked on.
Everything went well on all 3 stages. Russ and Eric are checking that everything is in order for the next 3 speed sections.
After we leave Locos Oakies are working on their car. Ford Mustang 1965
Some of these views are absolutely stunning

Cars are coming for their time check before they get serviced:

#59 Studebaker Champion 1953 Carlos Frausto andRodrigo Franco Medina Turismo Prodiccion

Pow wow over a route book
Have you ever seen safer bathrooms than this? And all for 5 pesos ๐Ÿ˜Š
Service stop at Pena Blanca. Everyone works on their car on the street.
Race cars? No! Look, there is a drone!


October 11-12, 2017 Registration and tech and qualifying

That is our team, from the left – Pearl, Taz, Milena, Eric, Russ and Francisco

Yey! We qualified 8th ! Good job Taz and Francisco! We have to tweak a few things but all is OK and we will be ready tomorrow!

We got mexican fastrak passes for Pearl and for the service truck so we would not have to stop at the toll booths on the cuota (paid roads – much better than libre – free roads) and carry wads of cash, hopefully they will work good

And here is some of our competition in Turismo Mayor

Studebaker Champion
Emilio Velazquez and Javier Marin Caballero
Turismo Mayor
Buick Centurion
Jorge Seman and Jorge Amezquita
Turismo Mayor
Luis Cervantes and Pablo Cervantes
Turismo Mayor
Studebaker Champion 1954
Taz Harvey and Francisco Ortiz
Turismo Mayor
Pontiac Star Chief 1955
Heinz Janits and
Csorz Robert
Turismo Mayor
Street taco lunch ๐Ÿ˜Š
Tech inspection
… more tech and scales….
Registration and tech checklist
… and here she is… all stickered up
And we have a number ๐Ÿ˜€

Queretaro, Mexico

About half way down on our ride…
Pearl is safely unloaded and parked. And we are getting everything ready as Taz arrives tomorrow
There is a church on every street here

Streets of Queretaro


With the Locos Oakies ๐Ÿ˜ Leavin San Pedro
…could not resist the colors!….

Arrived to Queretaro last night, it was a long haul, but Russ got us here safely ๐Ÿ‘

We are the first to arrive. The hall where all the cars will be parked and worked on before the race.
The start will be at the Autodromo de Queretaro