Slot Classic CJ-08

W.P.Ricart was so interested in the promotional repercussion of the famous Panamericana race that the directives of Enasa were given his approval to develop a car designed to be succesful in such adverse race.

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The proyect of building a Berlineta Touring Pan for 1953 was suspended due to the lack of time. However, one year after it was finally enrolled, sponsored by Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, expresident of the Dominican Republic. This the model that Slot Classic brings you this time: the Spyder Touring 3.2 with single compressor and two carburettors.

The vehicle was driven by Joaquín Palacio and Celso Fernández, although Palacio made the race on his own. Celso Fernandez travelled with the two mechanics sent by Enasa. The route consisted of 3.077 Km divided in several stages. It crossed Mexico from north to south; from Tuxtla Gutiérrez to Ciudad Juarez.

In the first stage, of 530 Km, the Pegaso broke down because the car needed a special combustible and they had to adapt it for the comercial gasoline of 80 N.O. that was mandatory to use according to the rules. Once the problem was fixed, the quick Palacio began an astonishing fightback which took him to the first places: fourth in the second stage and third in the third one.

The fourth stage went from Mexico to Leon, and there was very low visibility due to the thick fog. The Pegaso worked perfectly fine and Palacio continued his way to the top of the ranking. He was driving faster than 130 m.p.h. when he was surprised by a curve invaded by several spectators due to a recent accident of a german contender. Palacio couldn’t keep the car in the road and he was thrown away when the car overturned. A true shame, since Palacio’s demonstration of speed and the potential of the Pegaso would have surely been rewarded with a good final position.


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