Hershel McGriff and his co-piloto holding up the first place trophy from the very first La Carrera Panamericana.
One evening while Hershel and his wife were having dinner with my wife and I in San Miguel de Allende Hershel told me a story about this trophy... Hershel explained that like most everyone else, over the years various trophies found their way from display cases to shelves to boxes in the back of the closet until at some point they get lost somewhere and only a very few have managed to hang around. One such trophy was the one in this photo and understandably so but even this one found it's way out in the garage at some point. One day Hershel walked out into the garage and noticed the garage door open so he walked out to see his daughter washing her car in the drive way. As he walked around the car to talk to his daughter he really got a big surprise. There was his daughter with wash mit in one hand and garden hose in the other and had removed the lid from Hershel's big trophy and had was using It for a wash bucket.