November 2011

Doug's News

November 2011


A few weeks ago ace navigator Angelica Fuentes, our trusty 1954 Olds Super 88, and I finished second overall of 112 starters in the world famous Carrera Panamericana, the rally that goes from the south to the north of Mexico.

La Carrera Panamericana 2011 After 7 days, 1800 miles incorporating about 800 miles of speed stages (where the roads are closed and we race against the clock) we were second -- by 4.5 seconds.

To put into perspective, that equates to driving 1800 miles and losing by about 200 feet.

Two Hundred feet!

Can you believe that?

Not sure we have come to grips with it either ... But "that's racing" as we say.

To add insult to injury, some dude came up to me after and said "Hey dude! Do I hear you're 72 years old?" To which I said, "No dude, just 71." The dude couldn't believe a senior citizen could drive like that ... "Besides," I added, "I don't play golf." That put him in a coma.

We'll be back in 2012 ... And more determined than ever. As usual!

Douglas A.J. Mockett