Known worldwide in its initial stage as the Mexican RoadRace , the automotive sports competition would eventually receive the name of La Carrera Panamericana , La Carrera ; This rally- type sporting event was listed as one of the most important in its kind due to the breadth of the route, which even exceeded that of the One Thousand Miles and Targa Florio of Italy.
The competition quickly gained international recognition and attracted the attention of speed lovers to Mexico, a country that gained fame as an exotic and economic tourist destination that offered great possibilities. They were the fifties and in those days the diffusion of the fair was done by radio in national territory, and the rest of the world through film and various reports.
Throughout its editions, this automotive event has attracted the assistance of iconic pilots of each era. The star drivers of the fifties made their appearance in La Carrera mounted aboard renowned vehicles such as Ferrari, Osca, Lancia , Mercedes, Porsche or Masserati , in addition to the North American Ford and Oldsmobile
The history of La Carrera is divided into two stages: the old one that goes from 1950 to 1954; and the modern one that relaunched the course in 1988. It was during the old stage that the Pan American Race gained its prestige at an international level, being therefore called the Golden Years of the Pan American Race.