The Pan-American Race returns to Oaxaca

The Pan-American Race returns to Oaxaca, and in 2018 it will do so in a big way since the capital city of Oaxaca will be where the legendary race competition of the most important classic rally cars in the world will start.

“The Mexican Road Race,” was one of the most famous events in auto racing history, attracting the world’s greatest drivers. It was canceled in 1955 because of the cost and concerns about safety. In 1988 the event was revived as a stage rally on closed public highways and for thirty years has offered both professional and amateur drivers an opportunity to experience the thrills and challenges of the original Pan- Am. Today it is unique in the world—racing against the clock at high speed on public highways, mostly through the mountains of central Mexico for a week.


October 12 – Oaxaca-Oaxaca
October 13 – Oaxaca-Mexico City
October 14 – Mexico City-Morelia
October 15 – Morelia-Querétaro
October 16 – Querétaro-San Luis Potosí
October 17 – San Luis Potosí-Zacatecas
October 18 – Zacatecas-Durango

This was officially announced by the honorary president of La Carrera Panamericana 2018, Eduardo León Camargo, who added that the 31st edition of the new era of this automotive competition will be held from October 12 to 18 this year, departing in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, and finishing in Durango, Durango.

After three years of not passing through Oaxaca, in 2018, the legendary competition of classic cars returns to this emblematic entity.

On Thursday, October 12, the classification stage will be carried out on Oaxacan roads; At night, from 7:00 p.m. it will be the ceremonial rush in the historic center of Oaxaca de Juárez.

The next day, on October 13, the caravan of classic cars will leave the city to go to Mexico City, the finish of the first stage. The trip will continue to the north of the country, to conclude on October 18 in the capital of the state of Durango.

The president of the organizing committee, Eduardo León Camargo, thanked the governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, as well as the secretary of tourism, Juan Carlos Rivera Castellanos, for the support provided for La Carrera Panamericana to return to Oaxaca.

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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