1992 OUR 1ST YEAR! And by far our most difficult!! We sent our semi to Tuxtla! Drive Joe Hatch may have had the most difficult drive of us all. He made it and off went this ARI-VRS prepared Aston Martin DB2 for team Lenz-Bruce-Gunther and Bain.

 No, we don’t quite go this far back but Mercedes Benz Carrera history is notable

No, we don’t quite go this far back but Mercedes Benz Carrera history is notable

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 We finished but far from the podium and we learned a lot!!!

We finished but far from the podium and we learned a lot!!!

 Below Testing at Watkins Glen in Early September 1992

Below Testing at Watkins Glen in Early September 1992

 VRS semi driver Joe Hatch managed days and days of close calls to get the Big Rig to Tuxtla ON TIME!!

VRS semi driver Joe Hatch managed days and days of close calls to get the Big Rig to Tuxtla ON TIME!!

 Next time we were smarter & equipped!!

Next time we were smarter & equipped!!

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1992’s Car 2: The VRS prepared Swallow Doretti for team Shanahan-Vettoretti. Here near mid-point with a bit of rear end damage. These guys finished as well with a lot learned and plenty of exposure for sponsor REPLAY.

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1993 and with lessons learned: Bill’s says we’re going to start with the strongest, light, safe sedan we can and prepare it with a solid finish in mind. It worked, we finished well and the results speak well for all involved. Commerative VRS trophy right and above the team: From right: VRS key man and car builder Brian Rechtiene, Co-piloto Danny Vettoretti, piloto Bill Shanahan, guide Julio Tovar and multi time SCCA national champion and race tech Kent Prather. Sponsors: Dina, Pepsi & MTV had billboard.

1994 – 1997 with a return in 1999: Bill, Danny & their Pepsi-Dina-MTV-Corona fueled Volvo 444 continues its winning ways with stage and class wins & solid overall results year to year. Below testing @ Watkins Glen, NY.

1998 finds rules changes and the need for more speed. Bill engages the ARI-VRS crew to put a 1963 Split Window Corvette into Carrera ready shape. One other twist, Danny’s busy so I am the co driver! This car does not miss a beat!!! We finish, we finish well on many stages but one minor off road keeps us from a podium.

 Testing at Summit Point, WV

Testing at Summit Point, WV

 Waiting to “time out” a stage on an Autopista

Waiting to “time out” a stage on an Autopista

 The Colgate Corvette on exhibit, Walmart Aguascalientes

The Colgate Corvette on exhibit, Walmart Aguascalientes

 The mighty Vette at speed chasing an apex somewhere in northern Mexico

The mighty Vette at speed chasing an apex somewhere in northern Mexico

 Off down the Autopista with the power to find the speed the Volvo could not quite make

Off down the Autopista with the power to find the speed the Volvo could not quite make

 Finito with some great stages run and but for one off we might have found a class podium

Finito with some great stages run and but for one off we might have found a class podium

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THE NEW VOLVO SAGA: Winter 2001 and the next Carrera assault Volvo, a 1967 P1800 (above) is under construction at Vintage Racing Services Inc shops. Below done with testing the next step.

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 Carrera 2001: The FASTER Volvo. We’re back with a Volvo P1800. ON THE ROAD, MEXICO!! …….roof camera at speed!

Carrera 2001: The FASTER Volvo. We’re back with a Volvo P1800. ON THE ROAD, MEXICO!! …….roof camera at speed!

 On the road and the new car is working very well …but for the Camera. Journalist & photographer extraordinaire Kenneth Olafuson gets credit for many of the photos herein and takes his chances @ La Carrera…here getting ready for a roof ride!!

On the road and the new car is working very well …but for the Camera. Journalist & photographer extraordinaire Kenneth Olafuson gets credit for many of the photos herein and takes his chances @ La Carrera…here getting ready for a roof ride!!

La Carrera 2002 finds us back with Volvo sponsorship, Piloto Bill Shanhan and a new Co-Piloto filling in for Danny Vettoretti. 2002 saw some stage wins and no mishaps for team Shanahan-Gunther.

 Bill and Co-Piloto Fred Gunther after a hard and successful days run

Bill and Co-Piloto Fred Gunther after a hard and successful days run

 There are always the “off roaders” at La Carrera: we empathize and the race goes on

There are always the “off roaders” at La Carrera: we empathize and the race goes on

The faster Volvo had a very good 1st La Carrera with stage wins and solid OA and class results. A major race prep & ready….So, its 2003 and we’re soon off again here we ready the P1800 with spare engine for load-up for that long run from Stratford, CT to Tuxtla Guteirrez, Mexico!!

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 2003 and on the Road, at speed and headed for a class podium

2003 and on the Road, at speed and headed for a class podium

 The end of another good day

The end of another good day

 A tired but happy Piloto; Senor Bill & the PEPSI VOLVO!!

A tired but happy Piloto; Senor Bill & the PEPSI VOLVO!!