12 December 2009
Day 4 Queretaro to San Luis Potosi
Day 3 Mexico City to Queretaro
Day 2: Oaxaca to Mexico City a looooong day (Oct 24)
Day 1: Hualtulco to Oaxaca (Oct 23)
Day 0: Prequalification - 3 cars totalled already (Oct 22)
Scrutineering and Tech Inspection (Oct 21)
Bahia de Hualtuco (Oct 20)
The Journey to the Start: Denver – Guanajuato – Zacatecas – Tehuacan - Hualtuco (Oct 19)
30 October 2009
Video courtesy of Jorgeav1 via Gary Faules' blog
By now everyone has checked out final results and knows that Stig won the 2009 LCP! CONGRATS to Stig Blomquist and Ana Goni as well as Mats Hammarlund and his team for putting so many stellar racers on the podium this year - felicidades!
Gerie and Coop had a solid finish in Nuevo Laredo and all is well!
Hot Rod Lincoln Ralph and Bill (#101) and Geezer and Team (#11) both finished, even after both had off road excursions.
Fernando and Albert got 2nd place overall in Historic A class!!!!! !Fantastico!
Will upload some photos tonight and restart the blogging when I get home.Pictures from Day 5: San Luis Potosi to Guadalajara:
One of the Euro Latino Falcons.
28 October 2009
27 October 2009
26 October 2009
Albert Fellner and Fernando Garcia with an impressive (and chirpy) speed stage start today in the fast little 1969 Saab.
Gerie and Coop with a sweet speed stage start.
Two sets of skid marks - two separate crashes here....first the blue Jag.....
Fernando and the Swedish Saab.
Tom's beautiful Lincoln.
We stopped to talk to Rick Row's son, James, the navigator of the beautiful little BMW. The aluminum wheel was literally torn to shreds by the caliper - they'd been having this problem for a while and it finally broke. Rick had taken off with a Mexican guy who didn't speak English to repair one of the wheels. We gave James Gatorade and when I asked him if he wanted to send a message to Rick if we saw him he said, "Tell my mother I love her."
We left him there because we knew his service vehicle was on its way. About an hour later while stuck in the lineup for the speed stage I ran almost a mile to the start and after watching Gerie, Fernando and Tom and Paul in the green Lincoln make impressive starts, I was so surprised to see the Row's white BMW pull up. I looked at them and said, "Whaaaaa? I just saw you broken on the side of the road!" James laughed and said, "I know!!!!" I apologized and said I did not have time to get the message to his mother, it had only been an hour or so!
Todd and Rick's son discussing the brake caliper problem while Rick took off with a Mexican who knew a welder.
The brake calipers were biting the wheels......they were back on the road within an hour!
The school children - our finest fans!
Albert in the little Saab.
On that speed stage some crew vehicles were blocking the race cars from getting to the start. In the rule books your race car can be penalized if your crew vehicle gets in the way. It was a cluster and I was in the middle of it thumping on trucks and telling them to move. The problem was that there wasn't a shoulder though one crew pickup went off the roadway and when he came back on he scraped his underside pretty hard. When you are in the race car it is really frustrating to be blocked by traffic and you can note the numbers of the blocking service vehicles if you want to avoid a penalty for being late. The blue Chevelle was being blocked and sitting still waiting to get through and I told him I had pictures of the blocking vehicles in case he needed the numbers.
Benjamin's Cancun crew replacing a clutch in traffic while waiting for a speed stage to open.
The red Chevelle ready to rip.
The blue Chevelle being blocked from the start line by service vehicles.
Gerie, happy after his Day 4 finish in San Luis Potosi.
25 October 2009
#433 Lincoln, Carson Scheller and daughter Lauren off for another day of racing.
Lauren Scheller gives the thumbs up.
Alexander Davidis and Jorge Arroyo watch the cars start the day.
Bill Shanahan's crew takes advantage of the beautiful sun and some down time at the noon service at a vineyard outside of Queretaro.
Nap time - get it while you can.
Angelica Fuentes sports the "Real Women Don't Need Guard Rails" tshirt I gave her at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2008.
The Durango Deuce II doing well at the noon service under a majestic sky.
More naptime from one of Mexico's Fastest Taxi crew members.
So this guy builds and sells these amazing, giant metal sculptures and I want one! Saw them last year and Todd and I were able to stop this year. But we do not have our truck and trailer here so I will have to wait another year.
Jake Shuttlesworth's Siempre Joven, sidelined for the duration. But Tony Bogovich, his navigator, is happily driving the Lucky Taco, now that it is back in the race.
Gerie burning it up up on the Queretaro Autodromo.
Paul Wendt signs autographs in Queretaro.
Tom and Paul in the Original Panam Lincoln.
Tom Overbaugh is famous.
Fernando and Albert pose with Queretaro locals. "Los Pelones!"
Albert and his evil twin - seriously, you cannot tell these two apart!
Geezer, Kristin and Jorge.
Jorge, fearless photographer in front of the beautiful catedral Queretaro.
Kristin, dear friend Rudi and Carina in Queretaro. Always glad to see these guys!
Fernando not so sure about Stewie hopping on the back.
Juan y Alma come out every year to see the Geezer in Queretaro.
Fernando apologizing for Stewie getting on the back of his Harley.
Fernando, Gerie and Coop. Gerie smiles because he knows Todd will fix his burned up brakes later and it was worth the fun going sideways on the track.
Hugo and Bimbo snuggle up in El Jefe to avoid the taxi back to the hotel.
Fernando - on the Historic A podium again!
Todd happy fixing brakes late at night.