One of the Top 5 automobile museums in the world, the Nethercutt Museum and Collection in Sylmar, Calif., will host the Great Race participants for a private lunch and viewing on Sunday, June 28, just hours before the Grand Finish on the Santa Monica Pier. Normally closed on Sundays, curator Skip Marketti and the Nethercutt family have agreed to open the Museum and Collection that day to Great Racers only. They will be allowed to view the Museum, which houses hundreds of the finest automobiles in the world, as well as the Collection across the street, which his home to the Grand Salon. In addition, the participants will be able to see a 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive and 1912 Pullman Private Car. Click HERE for the story!
Dennis Martin, a 2014 rookie on the Great Race, has a Timewise speedometer he wants to sell. It was sold brand new to him last year before the race and he used it on his 1967 Corvette during the event. He wants $900 for it, which is very reasonable. If you are interested in it, please contact Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org. The last we listed for sale for Irvin Wright a month ago sold in four days. And for those out there with Timewise speedometers that you would like to sell, please send an email to Great Race director Jeff Stumb at email@example.com and he will list it on the website.
John Hollansworth, a Great Race veteran of more than 20 years, lost all of his collector cars and memorabilia in an early morning fire on April 7 at his shop in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Fortunately, no one was injured. Called “Gasoline Alley” after the famed pit area at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, John’s shop hosted tens of thousands of visitors over the last 19 years. John said the fire apparently started around 4 a.m. and by the time he and the fire department arrived it was a total loss. Click HERE for the story!
In case you missed it, the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty TV show can now be watched anytime on the internet. The show was a huge success, but now that the airings on television are complete it has been posted on the internet. Two crews filmed every step of the way for the 104 teams from Maine to Florida, and what they captured made for a compelling show. Click HERE for the story!
As if you weren’t already excited enough about the 2015 Great Race along Route 66, we thought we would share these photos taken last week on the course from Kirkwood, Missouri, to Santa Monica., California. They were taken by Kay Soltesz, John Classen’s driver on his second of three trips along the route planning the course instructions. John, the Great Race’s Director of Competition for almost two and a half decades, will make his third trip in late May. Click HERE for the story!
In our continuing quest to provide more information to Great Racers, especially rookies, the Great Race has produced two new “How to Videos” to go with 11 others featuring Director Jeff Stumb talking through various topics of interest. The two new videos are on “Filling Out the Time Delay Form” and “Starting on Time.”
Back in the mid-1980s, just as the Great Race was getting started, a 1932 Ford Dirt Track racer entered the event. What made it unusual was the paint scheme – called “Stars and Stripes” by most folks. Over the years, this 1932 Dirt Track racer has competed in at least 15 Great Races with a number of different owners, drivers and navigators. Ty and Pam Holmquist campaigned the car in the 1990s with a lot of success. Howard and Doug Sharp drove it in the mid-2000s. They lent the car to Sam Damico and son in 2013. Along the way, sometime in the 1990s, the Stars and Stripes paint was traded for plain white. Well, the car has a new owner now: Ted Stahl, and he is treating the car to a new paint scheme based on its original one. And it is almost completed, as the photos here will attest. And the car has been entered into the 2015 Great Race along Route 66, and it will be driven by Ted’s son Trevor and his friend Josh Hull. Click HERE for the story!
Longtime Great Race sponsor Champion Oil has announced a new award – including a beautiful glass trophy and $1,000 in Champion Brands products – to the highest placing team in the 2015 Great Race using its motor oil.
Teams must declare at Tech Inspection that they have Champion Oil already in their vehicle or if they want to have it put in prior to the start of the race. To buy it in advance, Champion Oil has set up a website that will allow competitors to purchase motor from their favorite retailer. To make a purchase from those retailers, including Great Race sponsor Honest Charley Speed Shop, please click this link: http://www.championbrands.com/GreatRace2015.html Click HERE for the story!
Corky Coker, owner of Coker Tire Company and the Great Race, has announced that the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will travel the historic Lincoln Highway for its 2016 event. Coker made his announcement during the highly acclaimed Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event in Florida, amongst a crowd of car enthusiasts from around the world.
Corky Coker is making a HUGE announcement at the The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance tomorrow morning (Saturday, March 14th) at 9am Eastern Time. The announcement concerns the 2016 Great Race route, which is a follow up to this year’s exciting Great Race on Route 66. The announcement will be made at the tent between the Grandstands and Club Amelia, as the Cars & Coffee at the Councours event begins. Admission is free so if you’re at Amelia Island, check it out! If you can’t make it to Amelia, check our website tomorrow morning for the big news!