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La Carrera Panamericana

A legend on the American continent

In 1950, the Mexican government completed the construction of the Pan-American Highway, which connected the most southern part of the country with the northern part. To celebrate the completion of this majestic feat, a six-day race over 3,300 kilometres was organised in that year. In the next few years, a growing number of daredevils joined the event with ever faster sports cars. Despite the beauty of the race and the technical performance, accidents occurred. In 1955, the race was cancelled, also because the aim – gaining attention to the important motorway – had been achieved. In 1988, however, race lovers breathed new life into the legendary rally. Porsches from the State of Art Classic Porsche Collection are still taking part today. In 1999, State of Art founder Albert Westerman won the Carrera Panamericana in his class in a Porsche 356 Carrera. The Carrera Panamericana is one of his favourite races, because ‘it is not about puzzles but still about speed.’

In 1955, Porsche named the new 356 line after La Carrera Panamericana: the 356 Carrera. This is also how the name of the new Porsche Panamera came about in 2009.

La Carrera Panamericana