Chihuahua Express 2016 – Awesome Results - La Carrera Panamericana 2016 – Oct. 13-20


May, 2016


**Chihuahua Express 2016 – Awesome Results!

**Chihuahua Express 2017 – Tentative Dates, April 27-30

**La Carrera Panamericana 2016 – October 13-20

**Rally Histórico Transpeninsula 2016 – June 23-26

**Pan-Am & Express Cars for Sale


**Contact Information


**Chihuahua Express 2016 – Awesome Results!


Congratulations to Benito Guerra, Jr. and Manuel Iguinez (Mexico) for winning the overall Chihuahua Express championship by more than 5 minutes in a Mini Cooper! Yes, a Mini. Guerra, with only 2.5 turbo liters, but an impressive rally record, finished ahead of two cars with more powerful turbo engines. Awesome!

Pre-race favorite and past ChiX champs, Lalo Henkel and Sergio Puente, finished 2d overall in a BMW 1 M.  Third overall went to Benito Tagle and Mauricio Pimentel in another 1 M.  Mexican crews took eight of the top ten spots.

Another pre-race favorite, Doug Mockett (US) and Angelica Fuentes (MX), hit a concrete barrier on the side of the highway when their steering broke in a transit at the end of Day #2. Both were OK, but their ’54 Olds Pan-Am car will need extensive repair.

Taz Harvey (US) and Paco Ortiz (MX) finished 1st in Pan-Am Historic B and 5th overall in a Datsun 240 Z, ahead of many 911s.  Ray Stephens and Ben Slocum (US) got second in Historic B and 9th overall. 


There were 22 entries from Canada and the US of the 34 cars in the stage rally (65%), plus those in the Tour.  Sadly, three norteamericano crews withdrew from competition at the last minute. Last year, there were 13 cars from the US of the 22 entered (59%).  Entries from the US and Canada increased by 38% this year.

Jack Rogers and C.J. Strump (US) finished 1st in Pan-Am Historic C and11th overall.  Gerie Bledsoe and El Fer Garcia driving a rat rod ’64 Chevy Nova, “El Ratón,” finished in 2d in class and 12th overall. John Gregeory, Chrislana, and their son Mat, from Vancouver, finished third in another Nova.


Carson Scheller and his daughter, Lauren (US), finished first in the Original Pan Am class.  They were followed by Jakes Shuttlesworth (US) and Ralf Christensson (SE) in Jake’s “new” ’54 Ford.


Frank McKinnon and John Putnam(US) in a 2012 Mustang were first in the modern stock car class (15th overall), followed by “rookies” George Schroeder and Laurence Seiterle from Texas (24th overall) in another Mustang.


Racing alone in Pan-Am Turismo Production were Vance Stewart III (US) and Rene Rodriquez (MX) in their ’52 Ford  (22d overall).  Karlo Flores (Canada) and Juan Salgado (MX) were also alone in Sports Menor in their Porsche 356 (14th overall).


Vance Stewart II and daughter Kristen “BC” Stewart were styling and smiling in daddy’s new 2005 Saleen Mustang during the ChiX Tour.


And special congrats to Kaming Ko (China) and Stafford Galen (US) for finally finishing a rally in their classic Dodge Dart.

Fifteen of the 25 cars than finished the race were from Canada and the U.S.  Chacho Medina warmly welcomed all the newcomers, including:


Walt Sikes and Barry Johnson (18th overall)

Dennis Varni and Larry Hursh in their beautiful Nash (DNF)

Doug and Max MacDonald in a Porsche 944 Turbo (DNF).

Robert Van Westenberg and Jon Helmut in a classic Mustang (DNF).

All competitors praised the organizer Chacho Medina and the authorities of the city and state of Chihuahua for another great event!  Mr. Medina is considering adding a fourth day to the competition for 2017 upon the request of some of the competitors.


**Chihuahua Express 2017 – Tentative Dates, April 27-30


Event organizer Chacho Medina has set the tentative dates for the 2017 ChiX as April 27-30.  These dates are subject to the approval of various authorities.  If it stands, these dates will allow competitors to warm up in the Big Bend Open Road Race (BBORR) the previous weekend and then motor down to Chihuahua for the Xpress.


 BBORR is a “bracket” race that runs on a closed highway 43 miles from Ft. Stockton to Sanderson, TX and return.  There is an unlimited-speed class, but most of the cars attempt to finish on their target time.  Their speed “bracket” is based on the car’s safety equipment.  That is, the faster you go, more roll cage is required.


**La Carrera Panamericana 2016 – Oct. 13-20


The Pan-Am is scheduled for October 13-20, starting in Huatulco and ending in Durango.  Overnights along the way include:  Oaxaca, Mexico City, Toluca, Morelia, Guanajuato, Zacatecas.


The organizers have decided to allow modern BMW Mini’s in the event.  Of the 35 entries listed on the official web site five are Mini’s.  The Pan-Am’s U.S. representative is now Ms. Renée Brinkerhoff of Denver, CO.


**Rally Histórico Transpeninsula (Baja)


This new rally, in its second year, is scheduled for June 23-26.  For more information go to Also on Facebook. The rally will begin in Tijuana and end 925 miles later down in Cabo.  This event will also include a touring class for those who want to make the trip at a more leisurely pace.


**Cars for Sale



‘40 Cadillac LaSalle – Pan-Am Turismo Production Class

Price drastically reduced: $49,000/B.O.   LaSalle Type 40, two-door business coupe, the coolest ride in the 2015 Carrera Panamericana.  Third-place finish in class by rookie driver.  Sorted and ready to race in 2016 Pan-Am or 2017 Chihuahua Express.  Easily converted into a Turismo Mayor car by installing a 350 motor.

Solid, rust free all-steel body.  Frame-off fabrication.  Hood and fenders are easily removed for service.  Front suspension is a modified Mustang II with coil-over's and tubular upper- and lower-control arms.  Rear suspension: adjustable coil spring with a tubular, triangulated four-link.  Big Wilwood disc brakes. Ford 9 inch full floater with 3.50 gear with posi.  Tremec five speed; because of Carrera rules 5th gear (over-drive) is locked out.  The engine is a GM 302 c.i. roller motor with iron heads and a Holley 600 CFM double pumper carburetor.  Dynoed at 360 HP.  Dual MSD boxes with rev. limiter, dual coils. Aluminum racing seats with current five-point belts.  Full gauge package. Massive roll cage.  Fuel cell.  Passed Pan-Am tech with flying colors.

Seven, 8 inch by 16 inch race wheels mounted with Bridgestone Potenza, RE-11 225/50R/16 racing tires. 

Call or text:  Frank Oliveto, Richmond, California 415-720-1482 or email  Also check out his web site  Complete spec sheet and build photos available.  Reason for sale:  another Pan-Am car is under construction.

Editor’s note:  This is the deal of the century!  A well-built, safe car with a re-enforced frame, superb electricals, and drive train.  Adjust the seats and away you go!




’53 Studebaker Commander – Pan-Am Turismo Production Class


Price reduced to $76,000.  New high-dollar Chevy 302 engine by Bonefied Customs.  Build sheet available.  400+ HP.  Tremec transmission. Hurst shifter. Ceramic clutch. Champion Quick Change rear end.  Custom racing oil pan.  650 Holley.  Aluminum intake.  Tilton adjustable pedals.  Accusump oil accumulator.  Electric fan. High flow water pump. Aluminum racing seats with gel cushions.  Current five-point seat belts. Window nets. Massive roll cage. Safety glass windshield with Lexan door and rear windows.  Red top battery. Two sets of rims with Toyo 888 race tires and Goodrich rain tires.  Dual exhausts exit from sides of car.  Bash plate.  Air scoop for cockpit cooling.  Rack and pinion power steering.  Wilwood brakes with ram air cooling in front.  Oil, diff, and p/s coolers. GPS speedometer.  A/F ratio gauge.  Light for reverse. 22 gallon fuel cell. Intercom. Coil-over shocks front and rear. Front end components from Left-Hander.  Nice selection of spares, including clutch disc, brake pads, rotors, springs, front suspension, etc.  Can be seen at Road America this summer.  Presented ready to race. Breaking in engine now. If you want a podium finish in the Pan-Am or Express, this is the car.  Also voted most beautiful in Pan-Am TP class 2015.  Contact Gerie Bledsoe at 310-703-4476 or


If you want a package deal that includes a Pan-Am and/or Express entry, stage rally instruction, transport of the car to Mexico, and service for the car during these races, contact


**Legal Department


Like most motorsports, road-racing in Mexico is dangerous and addictive.  Be careful, be prudent.  CARRERAS NEWS is neither an official publication of any organizer nor an advertisement for any event.




Editor:  Gerie Bledsoe, North American Coordinator

Chihuahua Express

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 1-850-66zero-178four (winter)

Evanston, IL 1-224-six66-729two (summer) cell 310-703-44seven6


Manual “Chacho” Medina, President

Chihuahua Express

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