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Rally round: The epic long-distance car races to join this year

Rally round: The epic long-distance car races to join this year

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La Carrera Panamericana

Where/when: Mexico/mid-October
Who goes: Serious racers and adrenaline junkies
What to drive: Cars made before 1972 – if you’re serious, a Studebaker, the most successful manufacturer of the modern era. Endurance/difficulty: 4/5
Great if... you like mariachi bands serenading your arrival

Originally created to showcase Mexico’s recently completed Pan-American Highway to the world in 1950, La Carrera has become a staple of the automotive calendar since it was relaunched in 1988. Its name has inspired car models (Porsche) and watches (Tag Heuer) that want to emulate the challenge, speed and allure of the event. The police and army will be on hand for closed-off sections of road to allow high-speed racing, but there are varying levels of driver catered for, from hardcore racers to classic-car collectors wanting to test their skill in one of the most exhilarating – and dangerous – races on the planet.

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