It’s time to consider entering the Chihuahua Express. The Chihuahua Express will be held for three days starting on March 23, 2012. This is a “cloverleaf” style rally based in Chihuahua, Mexico. Chihuahua is located about 220 miles south of Texas. For three days cars will leave the Soberano Hotel in Chihuahua and return each night to the service at the hotel.
Chihuahua Express Lunch Break at the Fabulous Copper Canyon
The cost of this rally is $2,000, if paid by December and the cost will go up to $2,400 if paid later. Hotel costs are not included, but are $165 per night including tax and service.
There is also a regularity (brisk touring) “Express Tour” class in the Chihuahua Express as well. The Express Tour class is a great way to drive your car fast along the same roads as the performance class and to have the timing challenge as well. Taking part in this class is also good way to get a close look at the Chihuahua Express and Mexican rallying from the inside. The cost of the Express Tour class is $1,200 before December or $1,400 after. As with the performance class, hotel costs are not included.
Another nice thing about the Chihuahua Express is that there is a class for virtually every car – classic and modern. Therefore you will see many cars that normally take part in La Carrera Panamericana up to modern Porsches, BMWs, Corvettes, and Mustangs.
The best way to get to Chihuahua is to join the Express Convoy which will leave from Santa Teresa, New Mexico (just west of El Paso) on Wednesday March 21. It is always better to travel as a group. I have crossed into Mexico at this border crossing before and it avoids any significant urban areas.
All competitors, including the Express Tour participants, must hold a rally license from FEMADAC, the Federation of Mexican Auto Sports. While the rally license is not cheap at $280 USD, it is valid for the entire year, so it can be used for La Carrera Panamericana. In addition, the license provides some medical and life insurance. The details of the licensing procedures can be obtained from www.femadac.org.mx
As previous competitor in this event, I can provide additional information, but first you can get more information can be obtained at the Chihuahua Express website: www.chihuahuaexpress.com
A very useful and informative contact for the Chihuahua Express is Gerie Bledsoe. Gerie is a frequent competitor and an official representative of the Chihuahua Express in the United States and Canada. Gerie can be reached as follows:
220 N. Zapata Hwy Ste 11
Laredo, TX 78043
Phone: 1-650-525-9190 (USA)