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Chihuahua Express 2017 page 8

The Crew page 10

The Car page 12

Qualifying stage page 16

Helmet Blessing Ceremony page 18

Day 1 page 22

Day 2 page 32

Day 3 page 37

Final results


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Chihuahua Express 2017

The largest state of Mexico is ready to be the headquarters, for twelfth uninterrupted occasion, of one of the most spectacular rallies in Mexico: the Chihuahua Express. After a day of formalities, qualification tests and ceremonial events at night, there are three days ahead for competitors, organizers and the public who come to the side of the road to be part, all of a unique race and with a high degree of expectation. This 2017 the Chihuahua Express Rally once again becomes an event that, beyond the sports car interest, is an event in which pilots and navigators have recognized experience with celebrities and fans who share the route and the Possibility of disputing a good place in the final classification. Each of the three days has a special charm, because they are totally different paths with each other, with the feeling of belonging to different worlds each one. Day 0 Thursday, April 27th. Early in the morning, after completing the administrative procedures as rigorous mechanical review and safety of the cars, as well as the medical of the crew, the entire contingent of the Chihuahua moves to the free road Chihuahua-Ciudad Juรกrez and in Kilometer one, the qualification test is carried out, which determines the starting order the following day. In the midst of a mystical atmosphere and at the foot of a colossal asta with the national flag, in the afternoon it is celebrated, to the fumes of the copal and ancestral prayers of Tarahumara origin, the traditional blessing of the helmets, for, later in the same dovecote, to give the checkered flag Ceremonial that officially begins the race. In the evening, in a formal but more relaxed atmosphere, dinner is held in the middle of the pilots board, next to the pool of the Sheraton, the headquarters hotel of the Chihuahua Express Rally.


Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]


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Chihuahua Express 2017

Day 1 Friday April 28 with Fifty-seven crews starts the twelfth edition of the Chihuahua Express Rally heading to Ciudad Madera for winding sections without many changes of altitude framed by the surprising Mennonites fields. The mixture of stages of speed and links, allow the compared speeds while respecting areas of villages Mennonites to the astonishment of its inhabitants, even though they see passing the fast cars every year. Back on the same road, to the capital, Chihuahua is the route of the second half of the day.

Day 2 Saturday 29 of April the most expected day and the one that demands of each crew the most precise driving of the whole route to cross the Sierra Tarahumara, is the longest day, the road passes by old wood towns and with a pronounced ascent until the Majestic copper ravines, forested area, with many curves and ascension from 850 to 2.400 MASL and back, down with the consequent wear of the brakes. The arrival at the Sheraton hotel is estimated at around 17:00 hrs.

Day 3 Sunday April 30 the day with a smaller tour and the greatest expectation to run in the midst of the fiery border desert, the road leads to Ojinaga, on the border with the United States through very open curves with the fastest stages of the entire rally in where there can be surprises in the table of positions. A moment of relaxation in the area of the striking canyon of the PegĂźis stops for a few minutes the race before reaching Ojinaga, for from there return by the same road to the best commercial center of Chihuahua, the Fashion Mall where the arch of final goal is installed that sea The conclusion of this edition of the Chihuahua Express Rally.


Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]


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Chihuahua Express 2017

Dirver

Dennis Varni

74 years old San Jose, California Started racing La Carrera Panamericana in 1994 in a Lincoln. In 1999 finished in first in our class.


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Codriver

Larry Eugene Hursh

70 years old Calgary, Canada Started racing La Carrera Panamericana in 2012 and the last 3 successive Chihuahua Express with Dennis in “the Nash”.


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Chihuahua Express 2017

Manufacturer: Nash Model: Ambassador Year: 1949 Engine: Nash original motor 250 cubic inches. Has two barrel carburetor

Class: Original Panam Competition number: 116


Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]

The 1949 Nash is a recreation of the original Nash that ran La

Carrerra Panamericana in 1949. Manuel Méndez, the driver, entered the race car in La Carrerra Panamericana in 1949 but the Mexican officials of the race would not let him enter because there were already to many Mexicans running the race. The reason for having multiply countries involved was that Mexico wanted to show the world that they have completed the Pan American Highway. Thats the reason they wanted other countries involved in the race. Manuel Méndez was a Mexican but his mother was Chinese. He went back to the organizers and said that he would like to run under the Chinese flag. The organizers agreed and that is how he got in the race.


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Free road Chiuahua-Cd Juรกrez Day 0

Friday april 28 th

39.74 km.


Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]


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Chihuahua Express 2017


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Tarahumara Ritual >Blessing of Helmets

El Palomar


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Chihuahua-Cd. Madera-Chihuahua 50 Day 1

Friday april 28 th

592 km.


Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]


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Chihuahua Express 2017


Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]

Stage No. 4

Carretera Chihuahua - Cd. Madera 50


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Chihuahua - Divisadero Day 2

Saturday april 29 th

610 km.


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Stage No. 2

Carretera Cuauhtémoc - Creel

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Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]


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Stage No. 7

Carretera Creel - Divisadero

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Stage No. 14

Carretera Cuauhtémoc - Creel

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Chihuahua - Ojinaga

Day 3

Sunday april 30 th

468 km.


Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]

Stage No. 7

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Chihuahua Express 2017


Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]


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Chihuahua Express 2017


Varni • Hursh [Driver: Dennis Varni]-[Codriver: Larry Hursh]


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