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Pan Am 2015 Race Results – Todd Langdon and His Racing Mustangs

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Bag o Nails 372

As stated on their race website, “La Carrera Panamericana (1950-1954) was one of the most famous events in auto racing history, attracting the world’s greatest drivers. It was canceled in 1955 because of the cost and concerns about safety.  In 1988 the event was revived as an open road race (stage rally) and for twenty-eight years has offered both professional and amateur drivers an opportunity to experience the thrills and challenges of the original Pan Am. Today it is unique in the world—driving at top speed on public highways, mostly through the mountains of central Mexico for a week…Each year one hundred colorful, vintage cars line up in southern Mexico to race nearly 2000 miles north.”

And at least two of them were Mustangs…!!

Dallas Mustang long time association with Todd Langdon and his racing Mustangs continued this past October as his cars both finished the race with the blue & white ole “Bag o’ Nails” #372 winning the stacked Historic C class again (typically biggest class in the event) and capturing 3rd overall against all car classes in the La Carrera Panamericana race!

His “Gypsy Wind” Mustang had a couple of encounters with the “off road” but finished the race after some creative frame straightening on a make-shift rack put them back on the road (see photos).

Note that our tried and true “800-MUSTANG” adorning the rocker area of #372 continued to bring it good luck (in our opinion any way!) and see the “hero card” the team  hands out for the Bag o- Nails Mustang above.

The team outran the hurricane north to Chihuahua, Albuquerque and then to Denver where they flew home after days of racing in Mexico. Their next event is scheduled for the Chihuahua Express in April 2016…we’ll keep you all posted on results.

For more on the La Carrera Panamericana race, its history, and the race route through Mexico click on this link – Pan Am.

Great job guys!!!

 

GW Crash 1 (3) GW 2nd off-4 GW Frame Rack (3)

About Tim Worlitz

I started working on cars when I was 13 years old and have spent the last 35 years in the automotive industry. After graduating from San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, CA, I was able to attend San Bernardino Valley College, Cal Poly Pomona, and USC earning Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Master of Science in Systems Engineering Degrees. I have been fortunate to work in the OEM, OES, Aftermarket, and SEMA automotive segments focused primarily in design engineering, manufacturing, and operations management. I started my professional career at the Subaru of America Tech Center involved in HVAC, Cruise Control, and Accessory Development which allowed me to spend time working with engine and chassis dynometers, data acquisition in lab and field environments cold weather testing in places like International Falls, MN @-40F, hot weather testing in Death Valley, CA @+122F, and conducting vehicle test data acquisition for HVAC and NVH on various closed circuit test tracks in Arizona. While at Subaru I was driver and one of several team engineers involved in setting two Bonneville land speed records in I/Pro class at the 1988 & 1989 Speed Weeks...a record that still stands today. From Subaru, I went on to work stints as Director of Engineering at Thermal Dynamics and Fluidyne Racing Products, Director of Engineering at Wynn's Climate Systems, and General Manager at Standard Motor Products / Four Seasons Mfg Division with operations in US and Mexico. Seeking to exit the rigors of international travel and corporate politics, I became President of Tuskerstone, Inc dBA Dallas Mustang Parts & Accessories in 2015. I am a member of SAE, ASME, & ASQ professional organizations as well as Tau Beta Pi & Pi Tau Sigma national engineering honor societies.

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