La Carrera Panamericana

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La Carrera Panamericana
Floyd LCP.jpg
VHS cover of La Carrera Panamericana
Directed byIan McArthur
Produced byIan McArthur
Steve O'Rourke
StarringDavid Gilmour
Nick Mason
Music byPink Floyd
Distributed bySony Music Video (SMV) Enterprises
Release date
2 June 1992
Running time
65 min.

La Carrera Panamericana is a 1992 video of the Carrera Panamericana automobile race in Mexico. The film was directed by Ian McArthur,[1] and included a soundtrack entirely of music by the band Pink Floyd, as the band's guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and manager Steve O'Rourke competed in the race in 1991.

During the course of the race, Gilmour crashed,[1] and while he was unharmed, Steve O'Rourke (his map-reader and Pink Floyd's manager) suffered a broken leg.[2] Mason finished eighth overall with his co-driver, English auto racer Valentine Lindsay.


La Carrera Panamericana
Soundtrack album by
Pink Floyd
RecordedNovember 1991
StudioOlympic Studios
GenreProgressive rock
Length53:28 (total time of used songs)
ProducerDavid Gilmour
Pink Floyd soundtracks chronology
Pink Floyd – The Wall
La Carrera Panamericana

The music is a combination of previously released Pink Floyd material (re-edited into a soundtrack) and material composed for the video. The tracks composed for the video are the first studio recordings made after Richard Wright re-joined the band in 1990. The new studio recordings were produced by Gilmour and engineered by Andy Jackson. The songs "Pan Am Shuffle" and "Carrera Slow Blues" are notable as the first tracks co-written by Wright since 1975's Wish You Were Here, as well as the first co-written by Mason since 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon.[1]

A soundtrack album was not released, but the tracks are available on the A Tree Full of Secrets bootleg recording.

David Gilmour in a break during the "Carrera Panamericana", in San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Gilmour, except where noted.

Previously recorded[edit]

Original material[edit]

New material was recorded at Olympic Studios in November 1991.[2]

  • "Country Theme" – 2:01
  • "Small Theme" – 7:23
  • "Big Theme" – 4:10
  • "Carrera Slow Blues" (Gilmour/Wright/Mason) – 2:20
  • "Mexico '78" – 4:05
  • "Pan Am Shuffle" (Gilmour/Wright/Mason) – 8:09


  1. ^ a b c Manning, Toby (2006). "Floyd on Film". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 266. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
  2. ^ a b Manning, Toby (2006). "Which One's Pink?". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 141. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.

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