Sport: Run for the River

The torrid, jungle-edge Mexican town of Tuxtla Gutierrez, 100 miles from the Guatemalan border, was abustle last week. Sleek sport cars, ranging from burly Mercédès-Benzes and lean Italian Ferraris down to the tiny French Gordini (a Simca-developed racing car), were tuning up for the third annual Pan American border-to-border road race. In addition to the 37 sport-car drivers entered, 64 more were ready to try their luck in a separate division for modified U.S. stock cars. Ahead of the racers lay 1,946 miles of torturous mountain roads and sun-baked desert in the "run...

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