Greenlight is here to stay at Lamley starting with La Carrera Panamericana Series 1

Aaaaaaand here we go!!! Hello, my name is David Kiley. Some of you may know me as championdjk from YouTube. I am absolutely stoked to join the team of writers here at The Lamley Group. There is a lot of coolness coming to this blog and being a part of it makes me very happy. Starting now the plan for me is to write a weekly feature for the blog devoted to Greenlight Collectibles. Lamley is branching out and Greenlight is one brand that deserves weekly attention. We are going to start today with a series that grabbed my attention when it came out this last year 2019. La Carrera Panamericana Series 1.

Before we get into this Greenlight series, here is a little info on what the Carrera Panamericana was/is.

The original was a road race staged on the then newly built Pan-Am highway. The race consisted of multiple stages and ran border to border (North/South) in Mexico. It started in 1950 and took place annually for 5 years. It was subsequently cancelled due to safety concerns and is considered as one of the most dangerous races in motorsport history.

#261 Classic Volkswagen Beetle – La Carrera Panamericana 1954

The border to border race was revived in 1988 and runs annually to this day. The modern version of the race is for the most part not all that modern. The participants are separated into 10 classes and most classes require that the vehicle entering was produced between 1940-1954. Of course the classic cars are fitted with modern safety equipment such as upgraded brakes, roll cages, fire suppression systems, racing seats etc. Also many classes allow for performance upgrades to the original cars. However, the race still maintains its vintage feel.

#261 Classic Volkswagen Beetle – La Carrera Panamericana 1954

1953/54 Studebakers are one of the most popular choices among participants in the modern era of the race. And, we will see these appear as a brand new tooling from Greenlight in La Carrera Panamericana Series 2 later this year but for now let’s take a look at series 1. 

#261 Classic Volkswagen Beetle – La Carrera Panamericana 1954

First is this Classic Volkswagen Beetle which is a tooling that has been in use by Greenlight for a long time. It dates back to the days of the Motor World releases when it was always seen with a plastic base. The base is now metal and it is now used in many Greenlight series. This Motor World survivor casting still holds up over the many releases it has had. I have like 50 variations of it in my collection. If I had to choose one to keep this would be a contender. This car is special in that it is the only one in the series that is from the original races that took place in the 50’s.

#355 1967 Chevrolet Camaro – La Carrera Panamericana 2018

Here is one for the Camaro fans. This ’67 Camaro like all of the other cars in the series is a faithful 1/64 scale recreation of an actual car that competed in the race. That is one of the things that makes this series so cool and why I have come to appreciate it so much. The cars don their actual number on the side as well as the year that they participated in the race. This is also noted on the packaging (which is long gone for me).

#355 1967 Chevrolet Camaro – La Carrera Panamericana 2018
#355 1967 Chevrolet Camaro – La Carrera Panamericana 2018

Take a look at this photo below for an example of how well Greenlight did making this series look like the real deal race participant’s cars.

Photo from EL Images ( https://ederflozada.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/la-carrera-panamericana-2018-dia-2-oaxaca-mexico-sabado-13-de-octubre/#jp-carousel-2533 )
#327 1974 Datsun 260Z – La Carrera Panamericana 2016

Next we have a little something for lovers of all things Datsun/Nissan. There are two very nicely done cars in authentic liveries. First pictured is the Datsun 260Z #327 that participated in the 2016 event. This is probably the best looking version of this Z car tooling that we have seen so far. The first releases of this tooling in Tokyo Torque Series 1 had much larger wheels making the car look a little off but now with the smaller wheels it looks markedly better.

#327 1974 Datsun 260Z – La Carrera Panamericana 2016
#327 1974 Datsun 260Z – La Carrera Panamericana 2016
#298 1972 Datsun 510 – La Carrera Panamericana 2007

The second Datsun is the beloved 510. This casting is shockingly tiny to those that are used to the Hot Wheels Datsun 510 and while both are cool in their own right this one is more accurately scaled. The livery on this is BRE with a little Mexican flare and looks fantastic.

#298 1972 Datsun 510 – La Carrera Panamericana 2007
#298 1972 Datsun 510 – La Carrera Panamericana 2007
#369 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – La Carrera Panamericana 2017

Finally bring on the Mustangs. Like the aforementioned Studebakers, Mustangs are also popular choices among race participants. There are two different castings used in this series and both look great in their authentic La Carrera Panamericana liveries. Both are just really nice fresh looks for castings that have had many releases that span over 10 years.

#369 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – La Carrera Panamericana 2017
#369 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – La Carrera Panamericana 2017
#356 1965 Shelby GT350 – La Carrera Panamericana 2014
#356 1965 Shelby GT350 – La Carrera Panamericana 2014

The series has a little something for a lot of collectors with different tastes. It covers fans of Mustangs, Camaros, JNC, VW and most of all, fans of authentic racing liveries (I happen to like all of that). It is also something special when you can learn some Motorsport history from diecast. La Carrera Panamericana is something I did not know existed until this series came into view and now I’ll be checking out the results of the next race in October of 2020. Now bring on series 2 and that new Studebaker tooling… I’ll be pre-ordering.

#356 1965 Shelby GT350 – La Carrera Panamericana 2014

19 Replies to “Greenlight is here to stay at Lamley starting with La Carrera Panamericana Series 1”

  1. Welcome to Lamley, Championdjk! Been a follower of your youtube channel for a few years now and it’s good to see you here. That’s a great write-up! I don’t collect Greenlight but I can see these are some pretty sweet cars!

  2. Welcome to yhis blog group! I have followed your channel and fine very informative. This keeps up the channel vibe. Looking forward to seeing future articles.

  3. Great article, and I appreciate the clear, simple photography! This set was complete news to me, so I’m thinking I’ll never find it in real life (depending on how long ago it was released) but I’d be thrilled to have the two Datsuns (and maybe the Mach 1 too). Welcome to your new writing gig!

  4. Welcome to the Group, Championdjk! Glad to see you here! You were the only other Vlogger I followed about HW etc. I believe you can keep up the standards that Lamley have set.

    Carrera Panamericana is a road race/rally that is near and dear to me from a historical standpoint. OTOH, I appreciate every rally car I find, because it is a faction of motorsport that has been ignored in favor of the faster, splashier ones. And I had an FIA rally license back in the 70’s. It was a lot of fun, and I had a good driver to navigate.

  5. Kinda disappointed with this set. I believe the suggestion for a La Carrera Panamerica set came from community suggestions of facebook, but I think a lot of us were hoping for cars from the era when it was a proper race (1950-1954). Maybe in the next set…

  6. Really good to see greenlight featured; just one gripe: shame about the panamerica beetle – why didn’t they use the small-rear-window casting they possess for this? Spoiled by this later big window casting used here, it’s completely wrong – an almost authentic livery on a much later car!

    1. If I had to guess it is that the classic beetle casting is much less expensive to produce since it has not separate bumper pieces or opening parts.

  7. Welcome ChampionDJK! I’ve been a subscriber to you on YouTube and I’m excited to see your content here on Lamley! Great job on your informative 1st GreenLight article.

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