Chepito Herrarte Sport Jacket Replica
PACTO Store has the great honor of replicating the special edition numbered racing jacket used by the renowned Guatemalan pilot José Herrarte Ariano in the 1953 IV Carrera Panamericana Mexico, in which he won first place in the Sports 1600cc category with his Porsche Spyder 550-02 and consequently the first win for the Porsche brand in the American Continent.
The jacket is a faithful replica of the original worn by Mr. Chepito Herrarte in such a famous automotive competition. At Le Mans, Hans Hermann joined Helm Glöckler in 550-01 and two driver-journalists –Richard von Frankenberg and Paul Frère – took 550-02.
During practice with coupe tops fitted, the Porsches realized 124 mph on the Mulsanne straight but at a hellish price for the drivers. Still, claustrophobia, the lack of ventilation, and an almost unbearable noise level were inconveniences grudgingly endured for the speed advantage.
The two cars were within a lap of each other for the entire 24 hours and crossed the finish line at the same interval at which they started. Le Mans scorers abhorred a tie, so a little more distance was found for 550-02, and the journalists took both the 1500 cc class and a new record. Season’s end found the cars on their way to Guatemala and a group of Porsche enthusiasts headed by Jaroslav Juhan who raced them in the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico (550-02 took its class) and the 1000-Kilometer Race in Buenos Aires (550-01 won) as well as at Sebring, among other races. “These incredible Porsches”, Autosport said. “Potent Porsches” headlined Autocar. The 550 showed three continents Porsche was serious about racing. #porsche550.
This jacket was worn by the Guatemalan team who participate in the Panamericana during 1953 and 1954.
The team was made up of 3 Porsches:
– Porsche 356 #162 driven by Manfredo Lippman
– Porsche 550 #152 driven by José Herrarte
– Porsche 550 #154 driven by Jaroslav Juhan