November 21, 2014
On Saturday, November 15th, MotorMouth and Mrs. Goudge were guests at the Annual General Meeting of The Upper Canada Region – Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada, held in Kingston, Ontario, at the invitation of Al & Brenda Barden (Great Race 1995).
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November 20, 2014
For the folks who participated in the 9th annual Coker Tire Challenge this year, please take a few minutes to check out the Great Race Photo Site for hundreds of awesome photos from the Challenge. We apologize for the delay in getting them posted, but all of the photos are now available for viewing and purchasing. Check out the galleries of photos here: http://greatrace.smugmug.com/Cars/Coker-Tire-Challenge-2014 Thank you for your patience…enjoy!
November 19, 2014
Great Racers know Jeff Fredette as the hard-charging driver of his yellow and black 1933 Ford pickup truck who finished second overall in the 2014 event with his son, Eric. But Jeff has another competitive side that uses only two wheels. And he has been as successful at that as he has at the Great Race. For the last 34 years, AMA Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Fredette has been one of the representatives from the United States International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), a motorcycle event held in different parts of the world each year and drawing competitors from 30 countries.. For the first time in his distinguished career, Jeff failed to finish the 2014 ISDE in San Juan, Argentina, when his Kawasaki KLX ingested sand during a transition stage, seizing the engine beyond repair.
Our friends at Hemmings did a nice piece on Jeff including some great photos in a recent edition of the Hemmings Daily.
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November 17, 2014
Harold Coker, the founder of Coker Tire and a nine-year participant in the Coker Tire Challenge each September, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 16. He was 84. He was the father of Corky Coker, the owner of the Great Race. Harold and his wife of 61 years, Lill, were fixtures at the Coker Tire Challenge, as well as dozens of other automotive-related events across the country. The Challenge’s most prestigious award, the Bill Coker Spirit of the Event Award, is named for his late brother.
Although Harold never participated in the Great Race, his influence was always there: his two sons, Corky and David, participated in the Great Race, as did his brother Bob, his daughter-in-law Theresa, his grandson Cameron, his granddaughter Kelly and his grandson-in-law Greg Cunningham. Click this link to read more about Harold’s passing and to see photos from his recent induction into the Tire Industry Association’s Hall of Fame: http://blog.cokertire.com/
Click here to read the full obituary: http://www.timesfreepress.com/obituaries/2014/nov/17/harold-coker/
November 15, 2014
My friend and Great Racer Ted Stahl sent a note about a wonderful event he had at his museum in Chesterfield, Michigan, for Veterans Day. Everyone who has been in the Great Race for the last three years knows Ted and Mary Stahl and their love of old cars and this country. And their museum is spectacular. I wanted to share Ted’s note here with all of you:
All: I thought you may like to hear about the Veterans Day event we had at the museum. It was outstanding and beyond anything I could ever have imagined. With an attendance of over 1,500 visitors and raising over $10,600 for the Wounded Warriors (Mary and I will be matching the final number), we proudly announce this event a huge success!
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE FROM THE EVENT: http://tedstahl.com/2014/11/the-spirit-of-camaraderie/
November 14, 2014
That’s right, you can buy one a championship winning ’35 Ford coupe! This car was purpose built for Great Race competition and it has obviously been pretty successful, with back-to-back Great Race victories. The Flathead V8 engine has been lightly modified and upgraded to make sure it is reliable and runs cool. The car is mostly stock and features Excelsior Stahl Sport radial tires. The car comes ready to race, and features many spare parts, including a complete freshly-rebuilt engine and transmission. This is a GREAT DEAL, priced at $39,000. The Jason’s will even throw in one day of rally training if you purchase the car! Call Barry at 817-797-5013.
November 12, 2014
Everyone loves to reflect on their experiences on the Great Race when they return home after the ultimate car experience. Some put videos together while others show their friends and local car clubs their photos from the event. Still others chronicle their time on the Great Race in magazine articles, and Tabetha Hammer of Hagerty has put together one of the best stories we have seen in a long time for “Throttle Gals” magazine. If you have not heard of the magazine, it is exactly what it says it is – a magazine featuring gals and their cars.
And the story of Tabetha and navigator Samantha Bonter on the Great Race (one of only two all-female teams) is perfect. Thanks to Doni Langdon, whose title at the magazine is Head Chick in Charge, for letting us share Tabetha and Sam’s story on the 2014 Great Race with you.
CLICK THIS LINK TO READ THE STORY: www.throttlegals.com.
November 11, 2014
The Christmas season is fast approaching, and we at Great Race have the perfect gift for your driver, navigator or fan. It’s the 2015 Great Race Christmas ornament. We are offering this Limited Collectors Edition ornament for only $13 plus shipping ($5 flat rate). And if you order before Nov. 21 it will be delivered by Dec. 7 in plenty of time for wrapping before Christmas.
This ornament, which will sell for $20 to the public after Jan. 1, commemorates the 2015 Great Race along Route 66 in June.
You can order this fabulous item by clicking the link below.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!
November 4, 2014
Alfred State from New York will be participating in the 2015 Great Race in the X-Cup Division, joining McPherson College and several high school teams in the event. Below is a note from Mike Ronan about the school’s efforts to get their 1953 Dodge Power Wagon ready for the race.
Please accept our appreciation of your support as the Alfred state Great Race Team moves into gear. Here’s a little progress report of our activities in the past couple of weeks:
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October 28, 2014
Our friends at Vicari Auctions – Pete and Barbara Vicari and Will Loomis and the rest of the gang – are bringing a collector car auction to Chattanooga, Tennessee in March. Their website – www.vicariauction.com – announced the dates for the auction as March 13-14, 2015, at the First Tennessee Pavilion. The auction site at the pavilion is part of the Finley Stadium complex and can be seen from the windows of Great Race headquarters at Coker Tire just two blocks away.
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