La Carrera Panamericana (1950-1954) -- "The Mexican Road Race," was one of the most famous events in auto racing history, attracting the world's greatest drivers. It was canceled in 1955 because of the cost and concerns about safety. In 1988 the event was revived as a stage rally on closed public highways and for thirty years has offered both professional and amateur drivers 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 high speed on public highways, mostly through the mountains of central Mexico for a week.
The Chihuahua Express -- traces its origins back to 2004 as the The Border Challenge, a stage rally for modern and vintage cars from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California. Because of the problems crossing the border, the Border Challenge morphed into The Chihuahua Express, a four-day event based in the modern Mexican city of Chihuahua. The Express has classes for modern rally cars and for vintage rally cars based on Pan-Am classes. It covers nearly 1000 miles in three days, which included about 300 miles of unlimited-speed competition, and each night the competitors return to the same luxury hotel. Chihuahua City is only 145 miles from Texas. On the second day of the race, the competitors stop for lunch on the very rim of the famous Copper Canyon, the Grand Canyon of Mexico. On the final day, the destination is Ojinaga, across the Rio Grande from Presidio, Texas.
In addition to the full competition of the stage-rally, there is also the Express Tour, a time-to-distance rally at normal highway speeds along the same route run by the race cars. Any safe car, even airport rentals, may participate in the Tour. A driver and navigator, plus helmets, are required in all cars.