Rare Spares are supporting our Director David Ryan to build a 1954 FJ Holden to race in the iconic La Carrera Panamericana in October 2013, a 7 day 2000 mile long open road race through Mexico.
One of the famous events in motor racing history, the original Carrera Panamericana ran for five consecutive years from 1950 to 1954, and was widely regarded as the most dangerous race of any type in the world.
The event was resurrected in 1988 by Pedro Dávila and Eduardo de León Camargo, who reshaped it into a classic road rally, following a similar path to the original race. It is the last open, top-speed road race of its kind in the world.
David is currently midway through the project build for the FJ, with an estimated completion date of early 2013.
So far the shell has been sandblasted and rust repaired, Rare Spares sill panels have been fitted, and most of the fabrication has been completed with the body reinforcements and roll cage installed.
There is still a long way to go, and at this stage David is sticking closely to the race rulebook. This specifies that while the cars have to look aesthetically as if they are from the period of the 1950s and 1960s, the directives for engines and drivelines are completely different.
A large number of the entrants are using current specification NASCAR engines and drivelines, but David Ryan’s team are taking a slightly different approach. Their category regulations dictate a GMH motor of the same configuration as the original. To comply with this, they have decided to bolt a reliable six cylinder Red motor onto the engine bay, which will be far easier to service in the remote mountains of Mexico.
Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the race!