Showing posts with label Mats Hammarlund Racing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mats Hammarlund Racing. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's Gonna Be Wild This Year

Check out Finnish rally driver Harri "Rovis" Rovanperä putting one of Mats Hammarlund Racing cars through the paces and getting some seat time before the race in a few more day.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Looks Who's Back!

When I got news today that my very good friend Ralf Christensson was running in this years 2010 La Carrera Panamericana it really put a huge smile on my face. Having not only raced with Ralf but in fact having competed against him in the very competitive Hictoric C class not only did we get to know each other but have enjoyed a life long friendship ever since. You can bet that even though I enjoy and route for all classes that I will most certainly be cheering for Ralf.

Ralf Christensson will be driving the yellow Volvo owned and supported by Mats Hammarlund in the 2010 La Carrera Panamericana and what a perfect matchup this will be. Not only are they good driver and support team but their both from the same country and know how to drink, drive AND party!!!

Ralf is an excellent driver with many years experience from the Panamericana and European rally racing. 2006 was his best year in LCP with a 1st place in Historic C with his Ford Falcon. This year he will have a chance to challenge for the overall title in our Turismo Major Volvo. The Volvo has been updated from last year with new front suspension, bigger brakes and lighter weight.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

From The Desk Of Mats Hammarlund

65 Rally Ford Falcon

You are dreaming about doing the La Carrera Panmericana but don’t know where to start? Make it easy for you by renting a car from Mats Hammarlund Racing!
When you rent this car you benefit from our 12 years experience of building and servicing cars for the Mexican Road Race. 2009 we had four cars in the top 6 including first and second overall.

The Falcons makes very good rally cars and has been dominating the Historic C class for years. They were rallied in Europe by Ford in the -60 and because of that there are lots of good parts that are homologized for these cars. For example, the legal weight is a lot less than the Mustangs. The light weight not only translates in a very fast car but also in less wear on parts, better brakes and so on.

This car is prepared from the ground up, just for the La Carrera Panamericana with all new parts. It has a Ford Motorsport 302 engine with a 4 speed Super T10 behind it. In the rear we are of course using a Ford 9 inch with limited slip. To stop the car there are Wilwood brakes in all four corners.

This is a true “arrive and drive“ deal. You don’t have to worry about anything. You fly in to the start, the car will be there waiting for you, fully prepared and ready to go. Because this race is so hard on the cars, we take everything apart every night to check for unusual wear or problems. If something is wrong, we carry a full supply of spare parts so you can continue driving the next day. After the race, the only thing you are left with are the wonderful memories of driving flat out on Mexican roads!

For more info, call or e mail.
From the US 213 291 1840
From Europe +1 213 291 1840


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How Cool Would This Be?

One of my favorite blogs is the quality blog of HEMMINGS.COM and the other day they featured a very rare find of a 1929 Studebaker RV. But this isn't just any body's RV. This one belonged to Harvey Firestone.

Considering the populatity of so many Studebakers throughout La Carreara Panamricana's history I couldnt help but imagine how cool it would be to see a team like Mats Hammarlund Racing using this as their team support vehicle. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

Here is what my buddy Daniel Strohl had to say about this amazing and unique ride;

It’s long been known that Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were camping enthusiasts, motoring out into the wilderness for a good ol’ time (and, likely, leaving the wives at home). But did they build RVs to serve that purpose?

Allegedly, Firestone did, and one of them recently turned up in South Carolina on a 1929 Studebaker chassis, and mottsrods shared some pics of the behemoth with us. The only real clues as to its origin – beside the apocryphal Firestone story – are the “Dulce Domum – San Marino” painted on its flanks and the Advance Auto Body Works plate screwed to the body. Dulce Domum, mottsrods informs us, is Latin for “Sweetly at Home.” Advance Auto Body Works, meanwhile, was around at the time building commercial bodies on the corner of North Mission Road and East Macy Street and is best known for building W. Everett Miller’s Arrowhead.

Monday, October 26, 2009

So Far So Good

Mats Hammarlund Racing is having a stellar event. They have got to be excited but they know very well, there is still a lot of racing to be done.

Mats has 4 in top 6 !!!

Leaving Queretaro Stig Blomquist is in 1st overall followed with Karl Scheible in in 2nd place overall (with a 4 cylinder) and Lars Stugemo is in 4th place overall. Lars could possibly reach 3rd after tonight and Edward is in 6th overall in the LT Special!

This speaks volumes about team support at it's finest.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Some Pretty Exciting LCP News

I just read the following quote on our good friend Mats Hammarlund's site.....

"Here is some news straight from the mouth of Jorge Ceballos. He was the copilot in the winning Studebaker from last year with Bill Beilharts as driver.

They are coming back this year to defend their title!"

That's very cool and I wish them luck. As fun as the race is, it's even more exciting when you start hoping someone can bring home the bragging rights to the good ole U.S.A. and hey California is even better.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Another great video from 2007 La Carerra

I just can't get enough when it comes to good La Carrera Panamericana video and this one put togteher by the Mat Hammerlund gang is a good one too. The only thing sexier than a great sounding car is those damn Swedes. What I enjoy most about this video is the enthusiasim that everyone on the team shows... always smiling and ready to race. Gotta love the Mat Hammerlund gang.

Monday, September 01, 2008

The Art of Giving Back

I always enjoy hearing of racers who make it possible for others to appreciate and enjoy the same sorts of excitment that we do. Here is a nice article from Mexico in the Atencion San Miguel newspaper worthy of reading about the LT Special driven by Sam Burg and co-piloto Dyana Marlett and maintained by Mat Hammerland. Be sure and check out Mat's new website.
The ride of a lifetime
By Cathy Cooper Long

After yet another first-place Panamericana win in 2007, two crashes and a complete overhaul and rebuild, the famous Mexican race car, the LT Special, made its comeback debut at the Jardin in San Miguel on Sunday, August 17.

The event was the conclusion of a fundraiser begun in October of last year by Feed the Hungry (FTH), San Miguel’s children’s charity.

The LT Special—owned by Lerdo de Tejada, and built and maintained by Mats Hammarlund Racing here in San Miguel—is an exact replica of the only race car ever built in Mexico. The original car, built in the fifties and the only one of its kind in the world, is priceless and no longer races. But its clone has won La Carrera Panamericana a total of four times, including last year, and the sleek red machine was given a hero’s welcome at the event at the Jardín.

“It is definitely a crowd pleaser. The car is very noisy; it’s very bright; it’s very special and…it is very, very fast,” said Mats Hammarlund, who rebuilt the car after last year’s Panamericana. Hammarlund and his hot-red hot-rod were at Sunday’s event on behalf of FTH and the lucky winners of last year’s raffle. A total of six winners were drawn from hundreds of raffle tickets sold in October, 2007. The prize: a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ride in the renowned race car.

A large and curious crowd gathered round as the race car, which could be heard two to three blocks away, thundered into the Jardín for the event. Gleaming in the midday sun and basking in the glow of last year’s victory, not so much as a single fingerprint marred its lustrous scarlet finish. The spectacle was such that onlookers shielded their eyes and covered their ears!

Emiliano Tristan, the first winner to claim his prize, brought his toddler son along for the ride. The little boy, not yet two years old, slept through the commotion and had to be gently awakened from his nap. Eventually he roused, and then seemed underwhelmed by the car and overwhelmed by the crowds and all the attention he got. His father, however, couldn’t hide his excitement at getting to ride in the LT Special. “I have always liked cars a lot, so I have been looking forward to this for a very long time. It is very special.”

Another raffle prize winner, Duane Eriksmoen, is coincidentally a volunteer and board member of FTH. Full of anticipation and anxious to redeem his prize, Eriksmoen was the first winner to arrive at the Jardín, but the last to take his ride in the famed race car. “I’ve been waiting for eight months. What’s another couple of hours?” he asked good naturedly. “I’ve been like a 10-year-old kid, waiting for the ride of my life!”

In addition to the raffle winners, two very lucky and very special young visitors from Los Angeles got a chance to take a spin in the passenger’s seat—lucky because they happened to be in the right place at the right time; special because, after hearing about the work done by FTH for thousands of children in and around San Miguel, they decided to give part of their personal savings to the nonprofit organization to help it continue its work.

Nine-year-old Hanah Daines said, “I wanted to spend my ‘charity money’ on children. The pictures in the brochure tell the story. Feed the Hungry makes kids happier.”

Her 11-year-old brother, Noah, also made the same choice and both children made their decision before they had any idea they’d be rewarded with a ride in the race car. Their mother, Barberry Gray Byfield, explained: “Their charity money is part of their allowance. They each set aside one-third every year, and then they decide how to donate it.”

Horst Tutepastell, a FTH board member and organizer of the event, set up a tent and booth alongside the race car to spread the word about FTH, answer questions, recruit volunteers and give interviews to reporters from El Sol de Bajio and Azteca’s Canal 4. He said that FTH’s part of Sunday’s event was also a success. “The race car is a hit,” he said, “but we have had many inquiries about FTH as well. We received donations today and got new volunteers. We couldn’t ask for a better turnout; we are very grateful.”

Perhaps Hammarlund, the builder and driver of the LT Special, summed it up best when he said, “This is great fun, but it is also a wonderful cause. FTH is highly respected, locally and nationally. I like their work, and I love to help however I can.”

FTH is a nonprofit organization which builds, operates and maintains 35 kitchens in San Miguel and the surrounding ranchos. A thirty-sixth kitchen is underway. A hot nutritious meal is provided to almost 4,000 kindergarten and primary school children every school day.

For more information, contact Feed the Hungry San Miguel, Inc. (a 501(c)3 corp.),, 220 N. Zapata Hwy., Suite 11, Laredo, TX 78043; La Conexión, Aldama 3, San Miguel de Allende, Gto 37700, or call 52 (415) 152-2402 in Mexico or (505) 349-3700 in the US.