Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Lucha Libre Racing: Carrera Panamericana with Soul

We first met BaT frequenter Michael Emery when he showed up at a SF bay area rally co-driving a Datsun 240Z that we had featured on the site. Not long into the conversation we learned that Emery had also campaigned a 1967 Datsun Roadster in the 2006 La Carrera Panamericana under the banner of Lucha Libre Racing, and we are psyched that he is headed back to Mexico this October to compete once again.

We like Michael’s easy-going attitude and entry level Datsun racer. His approach seems the most in keeping with the spirit of BaT — proof that not everyone needs a 500hp Studebaker Hawk to enjoy the race (though it would be nice). The shot below shows the Roadster on a timed stage during the 2006 event.

This year Lucha Libre is looking to take the race one step further by combining their passion for the Carrera Panamericana with fundraising for local Mexican students. They’ve set up a program where you can sponsor the team, buy school supplies for the kids, and get Lucha Libre schwag in return (click here for details and the latest news).

The Datsun team isn’t looking to win the event, but they are looking to have another shot at the experience of a lifetime. For those of us that keep promising ourselves that we will one day run the Mexican Road Race, Lucha Libre is a great example of how to pull it off.

Stay tuned to BaT for updates on the team’s performance at the event. We wish these guys the best.

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