Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 20, 2009
Searing pavement. Roaring engines. Heart pounding adrenaline. The prestigious Carrera Panamericana is one of the most technically demanding races in the world, testing drivers' endurance and skill at every stage. Over one hundred classic sports cars from the 1940s to 1960s are pushed to their limits as they take on Mexico's' diverse and often treacherous terrain from sea level to over 8000 feet at flatout speeds up to 200 mph.
After four years of negotiations with the organizers of La Carrera Panamericana, Los Angeles-based artist Sam Gezari arranged an embed for the entire 2000 mile, seven day race from the southern tip of Mexico to the US border. The race starts in Tuxtla Gutierrez and makes it's way through Oaxaca, Mexico City and countless other villages and cities until the last of the remaining cars arrive just over the northern border in Nuevo Laredo, Texas. On the first day alone there were a dozen crashes and by Day Five, nearly fifty-percent of the vehicles either had major mechanical issues or were totaled.
Working with the finest presses and book makers in Los Angeles, this 100 copy limited-edition photography book has 275 pages overflowing with vibrant, exciting photographs of the cars, the landscape and the people that make this race amazing!
"Few motoring exploits can generate as much excitement as driving on public roads without speed limits, and the Carrera Panamericana does just that," says Leslie Kendall, Curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Kendall continues, "Born of the Mexican government's desire in 1950 to draw attention to the recently completed Panamerican Highway, the Carrera bolstered national pride and generated tourism by making it easier for motorists to traverse the country. But, like the venerable Mille Miglia in Italy, the event proved to be a public relations disaster as reports of bad accidents and roadside carnage eclipsed those of heroic drivers conquering harsh conditions with skill and style."
This handmade and beautifully rendered photography book is the perfect companion for any race and for automobile enthusiast. With his skillful eye, Sam Gezari captures the essence of the experience. Distilled through his lens one sees the rush and thrill of the road combined with the quiet moments in between, making a mesmerizing photographic roadmap of the race itself.
- 275 Full-color pages
- Limited edition of 100 copies
- Signed and numbered
- Sewn and bound by hand in Los Angeles
- Large format fine art prints also available
For more information and to view pages from the book please visit: http://www.panamericanarace.com
For press inquiries, please contact: Jessica Trent pr dot avantgarde at gmail dot com or 310.968.9373
About the Artist
Sam Gezari is an artist/photographer living and working in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited in New York, North Carolina, Texas and California and is present in private and public collections throughout the country. His fascination with cultural phenomena brought him to the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, deep in Mexico, to document the powerfully symbiotic relationship between these cars, the men and women who pilot them, and the open road.