Unseen Footage: El Salvador’s San Benito Road Races, August 1958

Pretty amazing to see Beetles sharing a field with ’57 Chevys. I’m not turning up much information on the race featured in this latest clip from the George Kehler archives but seeing these big American sedans running a road circuit is something that we don’t see enough of. We’ve all seen clips of the big Jaguar Mark 2s working around Goodwood, but in the States the big cars are largely associated with NASCAR’s ovals. So seeing these big Chevys and Buicks and Fords hang the rear end out or spin in a corner is a real treat.

5 responses to “Unseen Footage: El Salvador’s San Benito Road Races, August 1958”

  1. Fred says:

    I also like the choice of music and how folks seem to wandering onto the race track. Just not as much fun today sitting in the grandstand 100 yards from the cource behine walls and fencing.

  2. Peter Linsky says:

    It would be interesting to know which Porsche 550A Spyder is shown at 0:29 and who was driving.

  3. saga says:

    good race fram el salvador

  4. Carlos Alvarez says:

    That Spyder was from Guatemala, the driver was a German-Spaniard called Hubert Weise (you can read about him in a book called Porsche in Argentina, he raced with Jaroslav Juhan in the 1000 Km of Buenos Aires.
    I shot this film.

  5. hans says:

    how times have changed!!! great clip

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