July 31, 2015
That’s right, we have nearly filled the 120-car field for the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagety, which travels from San Rafael, California to Moline, Illinois via the Lincoln Highway. There are only a few spots left, so if you want to partake in the road trip of a lifetime, don’t delay…the spots are limited and we’ll be sold out soon. Our route is Lincoln Highway themed, with visits to the Bonneville Salt Flats, Mount Rushmore and much more! If you’re interested in signing up, please click HERE for info, or you can call the hotline, 1-800-989-7223 to speak directly to Jeff Stumb or Jennifer Andrews.
July 29, 2015
It sure doesn’t feel like a month has gone by since the Great Race family was on Route 66, but time flies when you’re having fun. Here at the office, we’ve been preparing for the 2015 Coker Tire Challenge, a three-day vintage car rally based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It happens every September, and this is the 10th annual event, so it’s sure to be extra special. With daily routes going into North Georgia, Northeastern Alabama and Southeastern Tennessee, the scenery will be beautiful. Also keep in mind that there is a lot of cool stuff to do in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It all starts Thursday, September 17th with registration and tech inspection, and then rallying takes place Friday through Sunday. You can register online by clicking HERE or email Jennifer Andrews at email@example.com for more information. We hope you can join us!
July 9, 2015
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The 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty has been announced, and the event will start in downtown San Rafael, California on the same streets where the movie American Graffiti was filmed in the early 1970s. The 9-day, 2,400-mile antique car rally will kick off Saturday, June 18, 2016, in San Rafael and will visit some amazing sites along the way including the Golden Gate Bridge, the California wine country, Lake Tahoe, the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Rocky Mountains, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and the Mississippi River.
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July 6, 2015
The Great Race X-Cup high school team from Ponca City, Oklahoma, was treated to a VIP visit to Jay Leno’s Garage in California the day after winning the high school and college division in the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The team, which beat out two-time defending champion McPherson College of Kansas and Alfred State college of New York as well as another high school team from Mobile, Alabama, competed in a 1956 Buick convertible and finished an impressive 18th place overall. Jeff Mahl, who is pictured with the team, spearheaded the effort to get the youth group into Leno’s Garage the day after more than 100 cars finished the 9-day, 2,400-mile event on the Santa Monica Pier.
July 1, 2015
As the banquet ended I couldn’t help myself from running onto the stage and giving the biggest hug I could manage to our newest recipient of the Spirit of The Event award (Brian Goudge, aka Motormouth). Motormouth has been a huge part of The Great Race for as long as I can remember. He has sacrificed endlessly for the race, even missing his grandchildren’s school banquets, and I could not think of a better person to receive one of my favorite awards. When I 1st started writing these I began to find myself reading through his each night for inspiration, and asking him questions the next day. He is without a doubt the best mentor I could have ever asked for, and I am beyond blessed that he continues to do this event each year. I am so happy for you Motormouth, and thank you for everything that you have done to make this event what it is today.
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June 29, 2015
Last Monday, I posted, “If this is Monday, we must be leaving Oklahoma City!” One week later, we have travelled 2300 miles, announced the arrival of up to 117 vehicles at 14 additional venues and greeted 100 teams as they completed the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty at Santa Monica Pier! From driving through medium size cities, to lonely stretches of desert, to climbing to elevations of 7200 feet only to drop to 300 feet, this was a gruelling experience! The trip from San Bernardino to the finish line , from the finish line to the banquet resort and then on to the LAX was one that tested this small city guy’s focus. Luckily with my colleague Mike Williams and my trusted GPS (and John’s directions) I can report that I am now flying high, looking down upon some of the vast areas through which we have just driven.
I am truly a changed person today! I will forever cherish the events of last evening. Near the end of the program at the banquet, after over $258,500 in prize money had been awarded, Corky Coker came forward to present the, “Tom McRae Spirit of the Event Award”. To be on stage to assist with the presentation of this prestigious award… to listen to the explanation of the selection… to be the first to shake the hand of the recipient over the years has truly been special! Last evening, to hear that my involvement and contribution to the Great Race Race over the years was being recognized was both humbling and overwhelming. I am still in shock! I hope that there is a photo out there that captured the moment! The “Bird” (just wait ’til Marion sees the trophy!) will be an everlasting memory of one of my most cherished organizations! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I’m as high emotionally as I am physically, and right now, I’m at 37,000 feet!
Here I am sevveral hours later, sitting in my own kitchen, eating my favourite…a bacon & tomato sandwich; trying to bring my wife Marion up to date on what has been another unreal experience!
Final reflections tomorrow after a good night’s sleeep!
June 29, 2015
We’ve covered all sorts of terrains and endured many tough weather conditions over the last week or so, but today was by far the toughest, as we had to navigate Southern California traffic! All joking aside, we had a short day of rallying before breaking for lunch as the Nethercutt Museum. It is without a doubt one of the most amazing car collections in the world and we enjoyed our short time there. We need another excuse to be out West so we can check it out and spend some more time. By 2:30pm, we had fully taken over the Santa Monica Pier, as all of the remaining Great Race cars rolled through the finish line gate, much to the delight of thousands of onlookers. By the time it was all said and done, the pier had just over 100 cars on it, and thousands of people milling about. The biggest moment of the day was when Howard and Doug Sharp rolled across the finish line, as they had been crowned the Grand Champion of the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The Sharps piloted a 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber to the victory, with the always consistent team of Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry following closely behind. We had a huge day that was full of excitement, so check out our favorite shots and look forward to more photos and final scores to be posted soon.
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June 28, 2015
Still in disbelief that tomorrow is the last day, the day the Grand Champions will receive their bird, and every last penny of the prize money will be handed out. Disregarding the weather the few days before the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty began the weather has been absolutely beautiful, a little warm, but still beautiful. Tonight in San Bernardino I was extremely excited to see that the crowds were huge! The National Anthem was great, and as the cars began to roll in the sales began to pick up! I am very excited to see everyone in Santa Monica, and I can’t wait to see who ends up with the bird, it’s a tight race, and anyone’s race as always. It’s going to be very interesting to see how everything pans out, and I am very excited too. Can’t wait to let you know what happens tomorrow…
– Olivia Gentry
June 27, 2015
It’s getting close to the end of the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagery, and the action is getting hotter than ever. Today’s route started in the Lake Havasu City heat, with temperatures in the mid-90s as we left the hotel first thing in the morning. We crossed the state line into California, and made the long trek to Twentynine Palms for our lunch stop. The drive through the desert was hot, lengthy and difficult with an extra challenge of trains crossing as the racers were on the clock. The crowd was huge at Twentynine Palms, as the town really got behind our lunch stop, and included a local car show along with our festivities. The heat was still pretty intense, and only got worse as we left from lunch and went into the Joshua Tree National Park. We gained a few more degrees as we went into an outrageously big Wind Farm in Palm Springs.
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June 27, 2015
Today after gathering our things, and leaving Flagstaff singing “On the road again…” we hit the road headed towards Kingman. After arriving we enjoyed a few Native American dances, and performances before the 1st car came in. As the car count began to rise, so did the temperature. Later on in the day after reaching Lake Havasu City there were temperatures up to 120 degrees were reported. The heat definitely had an effect on some teams, and they all gladly accepted the bottle of water they are handed at each stop tonight! I have been told that tomorrow’s temperatures are forecasted to be even higher than today, however I’m not sure if that’s going to be the case, but I’ll let y’all know tomorrow!! 😉
– Olivia Gentry