Carrera Panamericana Rally Info Needed?!?
by Carlos Cruz.
Fellow Healey Enthusiasts,
I'm working on a small research project and
I'm hoping I can jump start it with the collective wisdom of the group. If
the topic of vintage rallies doesn't interest you, please feel free to delete
this note at this time. The rally in question is the Carrera Panamericana
Mexico 1955 - 1965 and in particular, Healey racing teams.
tracked down a couple of original black & white photos of a #8 white over
blue 100 right-hand drive. One picture is of the car at, I believe, the
start and one of the car after an accident. The pictures are labeled 1958
but I suspect the year to be incorrect. I don't know who the driver is -
that's one of the pieces of info I'm hoping to gather. I suspect it's Carol
Shelby's accident in 1954. He drove a Healey in the rally in November of
1954 after helping DMH set 70 new Class D records at Bonneville Salt Flats in
August of the same year.
Back to the rally, story goes Shelby
crashes into a large rock and flips his Healey >several times at the 175
Kilometer marker just north of Oaxaca. He evidently was tended to by local
Indians that found him after the crash. They apparently offered him some
strong drinks to ease the pain of his broken bones, contusions and a
The two pictures I have are not sourced from
the same place as the description of the event. So I'm looking for a source
to collaborate the fact that the pictures and story go together or not. I
also have two pictures of either the same car (restored) or a reproduction
taken at Pebble Beach a few years ago. I would attach the photos but they
will only be stripped off. I can send them to anyone who is
I would also be interested in any other photos or stories
of any Healey racing teams running the Carrera Panamericana rallies during
the late 50's and early '60's.
Thank you in advance for sharing your time
Please feel free to WRITE me with your
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