• Nov 1, 2010
Lessons in mid-corner lift at La Carrera Panamericana – Click above to watch videos after the jump

For us, there are few things better than vintage racing. While we love to see classic metal from every corner of the globe all dolled up on a concourse lawn, the truth is that cars are meant to be driven. La Carrera Panamericana is the gold standard of vintage racing venues, with everything from favorites like BMW 2002s, Datsun 510s, Porsche 911s, Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays and early Ford Mustangs to charisma magnets like Hudsons and Mercedes-Benz SL300 racers tackling the undulating Mexican tarmac of the Panamerican Highway. It's road rallying at its finest.

And while making it out to far-flung corners of Mexico may not be on everyone's travel agenda, we can all get a taste of what it's like to be a spectator via the wonder of the internet. The purveyors of procrastination over at Bring a Trailer have been so kind as to post a series of high-definition videos from this year's rally, complete with Porsche sideways action. Hit the jump to take a look for yourself.

[Source: Bring a Trailer]

Porsche 911 Spin on La Carrera Panamericana from bringatrailer on Vimeo.



Stage 10 of Day 7: La Bufa (Return), Zacatecas, La Carrera Panamericana from bringatrailer on Vimeo.



Stage 8 of Day 7: La Bufa, Zacatecas, La Carrera Panamericana from bringatrailer on Vimeo.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Zach - I think you need a quick refresher on MBZ nomenclature. By the time Stuttgart switched to putting the class designation before the engine-driven model number (e.g. SL300 vs. 300SL), which was 1994, it was known as the SL320.

      Besides, I assume you meant the 1952-1963 W198 model (the Gullwing and its open-topped brethren), which was the 300SL (and which did have a Carrera history).

      Yes, I sound incredibly pedantic. But to those of us with a lifetime of Gullwing Lust, there's a big difference between one of those, and a wheezing, overweight boulevard cruiser!
      • 4 Years Ago
      God bless Studebaker Commanders and Falcon Sprints. Never thought such old cars could give so much wood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sweet video's. love the sounds! The Benz's put out some amazing noise and who doesn't love the flat six Porsche sound... all the old Studebaker's looked cool too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like a fun event, I did not know they're still at it.
      Seaching on wikipedia I found that Studebaker Commanders won pretty much every time for the past 20 years, it's probably because it is the lightest V8 in the competition :) Even Stig Blomqvist won with it last year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sexy engine sounds daaaang
      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad the spin turned out ok and the driver continued unharmed.