Sunday 23rd November 1952
Karl Kling and Hans Klenk won the third Carrera Panamerica in a Mercedes-Benz 300SL. The original Carrera Panamericana was a border-to-border auto race on open roads in Mexico similar to Italy’s Mille Miglia and Targa Florio. Running for five consecutive years from 1950 to 1954, it was widely held by contemporaries to be the most dangerous race of any type in the world. After the Mexican section of the Pan-American Highway was completed in 1950, a nine-stage, six-day race across the country was organized by the Mexican government to celebrate its achievement and to attract international business. The 1950 race ran almost entirely along the new highway which crossed the country from north to south for a total distance of over 2,096 miles. The Carrera Panamerica has since been resurrected by Pedro Dávila and Eduardo de Leon as a classic road rally.