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TAG HEUER & THE CARRERA PANAMERICANA

The Most Dangerous Race?


There are few motorsport races that would be classified as risk averse but the Carrera Panamericana is not one of them. With twenty-seven deaths over the five year period of the Panamericana, it had easily one of the highest mortality rates per race in the history of motor racing. Only a third of competitors typically finished the race and unlike most compact circuits, the longer sections were impossible to secure entirely causing crashes to linger for several hours before being noticed. Throughout the existence of the race, motorsports technology and performance had advanced quickly, hiking racing speeds to almost double. By 1954, the reputation of the race had attracted professional motor racers, with the final 356km stage of that year’s race being won at an average speed of 222kmph. Despite the increased speed, safety controls remained static and competitors, spectators and safety control personnel alike became casualties.


The Carrera Panamericana covers a gruelling and diverse route, spanning approximately 3,300 kilometers (around 2,050 miles) in length. The race takes place on public roads, passing through various terrains, including mountain passes, deserts, and dense jungles. The extreme conditions and high-speed sections make it a true test of drivers' skill, endurance, and the mechanical capabilities of their vehicles. Throughout its brief history, it attracted some of the most skilled and daring drivers from around the world. Famous racers such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Carroll Shelby, and Pedro Rodríguez have participated in the event, adding to its prestigious reputation.


Due to the race's dangerous nature and numerous fatal accidents, it was discontinued after the 1954 event. However, the Carrera Panamericana was revived in 1988 as a vintage car rally. Today, the event features classic cars from the 1950s, recreating the nostalgic spirit of the original race. The Carrera Panamericana continues to captivate motorsport enthusiasts and spectators alike with its thrilling action, historical significance, and enduring legacy in the world of racing. It remains a testament to the golden age of motorsports and the daring spirit of those who take on this remarkable challenge.

Black and white image of the Panamerica Race featuring 3 cars racing on the track

Built for Boldness


Inspired by the legend of the Panamericana and looking to create a watch that would meet the high-octane demands of motorsports, Jack Heuer launched the Heuer Carrera ref. 2447 just a year after he took charge of the brand in 1962. Its design was purely focused on the gentleman drivers of the day, with legibility and functionality the key ingredients. This first design was produced until 1970, in a range of different dial layouts, colours and case materials, before it was superseded by the next upgrades.

 

Available Now


Here at MVS Watches, we are pleased to bring you the TAG Heuer Carrera Limted Edition "Heuer" in Red. Measuring at 39mm, this timepiece sits beautifully on the wrist with an eye-catching dial to boot. Powered by the new Heuer 02 movement and 80 hours of power reserve, this 1 of only 600 pieces worldwide is worth your time. Check out this highly sought after timepiece below:



Close up shot of the red dial and black leather strap of the Heuer Carrera

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