Doug Mockett '63 recently placed second in the 2007 Carrera Panamericana, a 2,000-mile, seven-day classic car road rally that travels north across Mexico. Nearly 100 teams started the rally, with more than 80 finishing.
A sports car race between 1950 and 1955, La Carrera Panamericana celebrated the Pan American highway linking the United States with Central America through Mexico, and was considered the most dangerous race of any kind in the world. It was reinstated as a road rally in 1988, and Mockett won the 2002 edition.
Mockett earned a bachelor's degree in English and was a member of Sigma Phi. He also was secretary-treasurer of his freshman class, and later attended the New School for social Research in Manhattan in 1964-65.
“At Hobart, I learned critical thinking and how to write — skills I use every single day,” he has told interviewers. He also realized early that he was better off not working for anybody else. “I figured that out by my late 20s. I knew I needed to be my own boss.” He now owns Doug Mockett & Co. of Manhattan Beach, Calif., an innovative furniture components and hardware design firm.
A member of the Hobart Alumni Council from 1986 to 1990, he was a member of the HWS Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1993.
He has raced cars in several European countries, South Africa, Czechoslovak Republic and the United Kingdom, as well as at Watkins Glen International.
Details about the race are available by reading his newsletter.