La Carrera Panamericana IV (1950-1954)

This fourth edition of La Carrera Panamericana brought participants from all over Mississauga. This would also be the debut for the newly inspired SPT class – an additional subset of the SP class which would award bonus ‘points’ to those who were able to come as close to their proposed fastest lap time without going under. In order to receive bonus points which are added to their total lap count an entry must record a fastest lap within 1/10 of their proposed fastest lap to be eligible for the bonus – and the bonus would increase the closer an entry was to their ‘target’ time. Organizers were excited to see how this would play out.

Transporters did arrive and there were a few new entries aboard.

The ghost of Santos Letona Diaz in his lovely #7 Jaguar XK120 would make its Carrera debut – sporting a scratch made windscreen nonetheless. This custom painted shell is mounted atop a 3rd party 3D printed sectional wire chassis powered by an FF050 motor.

The #777 would also make its mystifying scratch32 debut – That masked pilot – was he or she in a Chevrolet or Cadillac? Year? Could it be the world’s most interesting man at the helm of that ship? So many questions and then they were gone. One thing we know for sure – it is a Lindberg body kit custom painted and decaled atop a custom made (S)imple (WiBr) chassis.

Other entries returned – this time #58 Fernando Segura would pilot his Porsche 550 Spyder in the SP+ class…

Hans Herrmann was also back in another 550 Spyder to contest the SP class…

Along with pilot Guillermo Suhr Contreras in his Porsche 356…

And also in a 356 – this one a 356 Super – Alfonso de Hohenlohe in #10…

Along with his sister entry in VW1200 Deluxe…

And so it was finally time for our pilots to take the green flag.

Overall Race Order After 1/3 Distance:

  1. #58 – Fernando SEGURA (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP+ (S1.5) 26 Laps (3.399 ext.);
  2. #55 – Hans HERRMANN (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP (S1.5) 24 (1.248);
  3. #7 – Santos Letona DIAZ (Jaguar XK120) SP (S) 24 (6.030);
  4. #153 – Guillermo Suhr CONTRERAS (Porsche 356) SP (S1.6) 23 (4.373);
  5. #261 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Volkswagen 1200) SP (TE1.9) 23 (6.066);
  6. #10 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Porsche 356 Super) SP (S) 22 (2.936);
  7. #777 – ?? (??) SP (?) 22 (5.994).

Overall Race Order After 2/3 Distance:

  1. #58 – Fernando SEGURA (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP+ (S1.5) 52 Laps;
  2. #55 – Hans HERRMANN (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP (S1.5) 48;
  3. #7 – Santos Letona DIAZ (Jaguar XK120) SP (S) 47;
  4. #153 – Guillermo Suhr CONTRERAS (Porsche 356) SP (S1.6) 46;
  5. #261 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Volkswagen 1200) SP (TE1.9) 46;
  6. #10 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Porsche 356 Super) SP (S) 45;
  7. #777 – ?? (??) SP (?) 44.

Overall Race Order After Full Distance:

  1. #58 – Fernando SEGURA (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP+ (S1.5) 79 Laps (12.403 ext.);
  2. #55 – Hans HERRMANN (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP (S1.5) 72 (5.230);
  3. #7 – Santos Letona DIAZ (Jaguar XK120) SP (S) 70 (8.455);
  4. #261 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Volkswagen 1200) SP (TE1.9) 67 (15.025);
  5. #153 – Guillermo Suhr CONTRERAS (Porsche 356) SP (S1.6) 66 (11.609);
  6. #10 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Porsche 356 Super) SP (S) 66 (11.968);
  7. #777 – ?? (??) SP (?) 66 (22.047).

Result By Class:

SP+

  1. #58 – Fernando SEGURA (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP+ (S1.5) 79 Laps (12.403 ext.);

SP

  1. #55 – Hans HERRMANN (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP (S1.5) 72 (5.230);
  2. #7 – Santos Letona DIAZ (Jaguar XK120) SP (S) 70 (8.455);
  3. #261 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Volkswagen 1200) SP (TE1.9) 67 (15.025);
  4. #153 – Guillermo Suhr CONTRERAS (Porsche 356) SP (S1.6) 66 (11.609);
  5. #10 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Porsche 356 Super) SP (S) 66 (11.968);
  6. #777 – ?? (??) SP (?) 66 (22.047).

Result By Class & Sub-Class:

SP+ (S1.5)

  1. #58 – Fernando SEGURA (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP+ (S1.5) 79 Laps (12.403 ext.);

SP (S1.6)

  1. #153 – Guillermo Suhr CONTRERAS (Porsche 356) SP (S1.6) 66 (11.609);

 

SP (S1.5)

  1. #55 – Hans HERRMANN (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP (S1.5) 72 (5.230);

SP (S)

  1. #7 – Santos Letona DIAZ (Jaguar XK120) SP (S) 70 (8.455);
  2. #10 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Porsche 356 Super) SP (S) 66 (11.968);

SP (TE1.9)

  1. #261 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Volkswagen 1200) SP (TE1.9) 67 (15.025);

SPT – Sportscar Timed Results:

[ Total Laps (TL) + [(TL/FLT-BT)/100=BP] = Total Points (TP) ]:

  1. #153 – Guillermo Suhr CONTRERAS (Porsche 356) SP (S1.6) 66 (11.609) 7.736 [7.700] TP=84.33;
  2. #7 – Santos Letona DIAZ (Jaguar XK120) SP (S) 70 (8.455) 7.628 [7.550] TP=78.97;
  3. #55 – Hans HERRMANN (Porsche 550 Spyder) SP (S1.5) 72 (5.230) 7.376 [7.400] TP=72;
  4. #261 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Volkswagen 1200) SP (TE1.9) 67 (15.025) 7.679 [7.700] TP=67;
  5. #10 – Alfonso de HOHENLOHE (Porsche 356 Super) SP (S) 66 (11.968) 7.874 [7.900] TP=66;
  6. #777 – ?? (??) SP (?) 66 (22.047) 8.182 [8.400] TP= 66.

The top two entries were able to take advantage of Bonus Points to elevate their entries beyond the rest of the field – well done!

A brief explanation of the SPT class:

SPT will be the ‘SPORTSCAR TIMED’ (SPT) Race – for SP models ONLY which are pleasantly slower this sub-set of the ‘target’ slow motor/low power (SP) class will add some excitement by allowing each entry to choose ANY minimum lap time for the duration of the event, which, if not exceeded during the event may offer bonus points. Bonuses are awarded based on how close an entry comes to its self-imposed minimum lap time without going under. If any entry is faster than its minimum lap time or if their fastest lap (in any lane) is not within 1/10 of its self imposed minimum lap time then it receives NO BONUS points. Total laps are not lost, added or subtracted but combined with bonus points and the entry with the most points wins. Points will be awarded under the following formula:

Total Laps (TL) + [(TL/FLT-BT)/100=BP] = Total Points (TP)

2 thoughts on “La Carrera Panamericana IV (1950-1954)

  1. I think the SPT class is here for good. It adds a very exciting dimension to those who build slower models – especially if we expand the formula to allow bonus points for a window of -.100 through to +.300… Furthermore, this should work well for a rally class if we add in a few more variables – such as width, height and weight… we’ll discuss more at the next event – Ringwood…

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