Chris & Jeff Mason
In the episode we talk to the Driving La Carrera rally team which is made up of two American brothers, Chris and Jeff Mason (The Rally Brothers). The Mason brothers grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, a quiet, leafy suburb 30 miles west of New York City but they both had a love of adventure, a competitive spirit, and a passion for life that in later years has taken them around the globe together. In this incarnation a passing mention of a rally in Mexico has led the brothers to delve down a rabbit hole of vintage racing in which they now race a 1965 Volvo Amazon 122S (Vintage Racing Services) called The Mzcalero in the La Carrera Panamericana.
The original La Carrera Panamericana, now remembered as one of the most memorable motorsport events of the time ran from 1950–54 and promoted Mexico’s newly completed Panamerican highway. Over five races, 27 people lost their lives, including racers, officials, and fans. After the tragic crash that killed 80 spectators at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 1955, La Carrera Panamericana was canceled, seemingly for good until a new version of La Carrera returned in 1988.
After one year of competition the brothers thought it would be great to capture the event, and in partnering with locals the documentary Rally Brothers was completed and then became the foundation for a business to chronicle the stories of other La Carrera race teams. The following year in 2020 the crew followed two teams, including that of Karlo Flores in his GT40 (GT40 Panamericano) and navigator Fuentes and driver Gabriel Pérez Torres in their Studebaker (Carrera Passion).