La Carrera Panamericana, The Mexican Road Race (1950-1954), was one of the most famous events in auto racing history. Many of the most famous drivers in the world tested their skills driving 2’000 miles across Mexico at full speed. The event was revived as a stage rally in 1988 and for twenty-four years has offered both experienced racers and novices an opportunity to experience the thrills and challenges of the original Pan Am. Today it is unique in the world—racing against the clock at full speed on public highways for a week — and passionately sponsored by Frederique Constant Geneve!Yesterday, Friday October 21st, 2011, one hundred cars lined up in southern Mexico to race 1’600 miles north to the beautiful city of Zacatecas. The event passes though the heart of the country, a string of impressive mountains and colorful colonial cities. The Mexican Highway Patrol, whose top officers travel with the race, clears the highways for the timed speed runs. Along the way, two million spectators will cheer the competitors along.Each night the race rests in a different city. This year the Pan Am will start in the Pacific resort of Huatulco and stop for the night in Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Morelia, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, and Zacatecas. These cities are at high altitude, so the weather is typically cool and clear.The Mexican Road Race is always an adventure. Just getting a race car to the start is a challenge. The Pan Am remains a serious test of drivers and their cars, plus it’s a major cultural experience. Finishing the race after seven long days behind the wheel is another major accomplishment. Earning a spot on the podium is a huge bonus. It’s a lifetime of memories.
About La Carrera Panamericana
With a history dating back to 1950, La Carrera Panamericana is one of the most emblematic classic car rallies in the world and has become a true legend, a race that hosts hundreds of drivers and co-drivers and millions of classic car aficionados.
After the Mexican section of the Panamerican Highway was completed in 1950, a five-day race across the country was organized by the Mexican government to advertise this feat and to attract international business into Mexico. The race ran almost entirely along the new highway, which crossed the country from north to south for a total distance of over 3,300 kilometers (2,100 mi).
This year, during the 24th edition of the event, one hundred and eighteen cars with drivers from 15 different nationalities participated in La Carrera Panamericana. They traveled across Mexico, starting their journey in Huatulco, located on the south coast of Mexico, to finish seven days later in the colonial city of Zacatecas.
For Frederique Constant, sponsoring La Carrera Panamericana forms an exciting and logical new chapter in its history of classic car related sponsorships around the world in the past. If there is one element that is required to take part in La Carrera Panamericana, it is true Passion. It is this same Passion that guides Frederique Constant on its highly successful journey through the world of fine watch making.
The Frederique Constant Limited Edition
To celebrate the 24th edition of La Carrera Panamericana race, we introduce two new timepieces, both edited in a limited edition of 1888 pieces for each dial version. Featured with a 43mm diameter polished stainless steel case, the new introductions are equipped with the new FC-435 hand-wound calibre with small second. Water resistant up to 10 ATM, you will be able to see the decorated movement through the case back thanks to its sapphire glass. Two silver dial finishing, either with stainless steel hand-applied indexes or with rose gold plated hand-applied indexes. These two new limited editions display the original logo of the race on the dial and on the decorated movement. This collection is entirely inspired by the magical universe of classic and vintage cars.