Organized by the Mexican government to celebrate the Panamerican Highway in 1950, a five-day road rally served as a suitable event to attract international business to Mexico. The gruelling race quickly turned into one of the most dangerous road races in the history of motor sport. Not surprisingly, considering the 2,100 miles race took place on open (sometimes unpaved) roads. In 1954, and the finally running of the Carrera Panamericana, Porsche once again cemented its reputation as a ‘giant slayer’: The diminutive Porsche 550 Spyder scored a third place in the overall classification. Porsche easily won its class and managed to outpace some mighty heavy metal from Italy and the US. Sadly, the Carrera Panamericana was deamed to be too dangerous and the race was cancelled in 1955.
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