Carson Cameron and C.J. Christie, Hemming Motor News’ dynamic duo selling subscriptions on the Great Race this summer, show off the new 2016 Great Race route poster at the Hershey swap meet this week. The route poster was also on display at the Coker Tire booth and the Hagerty booth. Great Racers, past and present, also seen at Hershey so far have been Ed and Brenda Hurst, Ted and Mary Stahl, Howard and Doug Sharp, Mike and Cindy White, David McAllister, Davin Reckow, Brad Phillips, David Coon, Joe Kozloski, Sam Hanigrif, Corky Coker, David Coker, Barry Daughtery, Buck Kamphausen and Karen Stumb.
The annual AACA fall meet at Hershey always draws dozens of Great Racers, but this year two competitors have a very interesting task. Those racers are Brad Phillips and Davin Reckow from Hagerty, and they are working on an old truck on the Chocolate Field with the goal of getting it built in 100 hours (by the end of the meet) using only parts that they sourced from the famous swap meet. They plan on driving it back to Traverse City, Michigan when it’s complete. Some parts are used, while others, including a set of tires and wheels from Coker Tire, were purchased from supporting vendors. It’s called the Hagerty Swap to Street Challenge, and there is a live feed of the build going on during all days of the AACA Hershey Fall Swap Meet.
You can follow their progress at this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/hagertyknowsclassics/live
The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is a huge challenge and a lot of fun, if you enjoy spending time behind the wheel of an old car. The rookie team of Bob Marak of El Segundo, California and Steve Fitzgerald of Menifee, California campaigned a 1961 Volkswagen Beetle ragtop in the 2015 event on Route 66. After the event was over, the car proudly wore its Great Race decals and caught the attention of the Daily Driver Project website. They decided to feature the car, and its owner in a great article. Check it out here: http://www.dailydriverproject.com/a-great-race-volkswagen/
The release of the new Great Race website is only days away, and fans of the event will enjoy the sharp, professional look as well as the easier navigation. The website will continue to highlight the history of the event back to 1983 as well as to offer daily updates on the current event. The organization of items has been studied and information will be easier to find. Sponsor links will be larger and more prominent as will the contact information. One of the highlights is the interactive map of the 2016 Great Race route from San Rafael, California to Moline, Illinois. Users will be able to select a city stop and view highlights of that day on the race. Keep checking back for the new website design, and we know you will enjoy it.
David Reeder and grandson Sawyer Stone strung together an amazing five Aces in a row on Saturday on their way to victory in the 10th annual Coker Tire Challenge in Chattanooga this weekend. Reeder and Stone, in their 1932 Ford Victoria, finished 5 seconds ahead of Howard and Doug Sharp in their 1916 Hudson in the three-day rally through eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia.
Reeder and Stone, who are from Arkansas, had a 9-second score on the Friday, a 3-second score on Saturday and a 5-second score on Sunday. The 3-seconds on Saturday came on 9 legs. In addition to the five perfect legs that day, they also had three 1s. The Sharps, who came all the way from New York, were the winners of the 2015 Great Race. Third place was Dave Haverty and Steve Pusey from Georgia in a 1937 Ford Coupe. They moved up several spots on the last day after a final-day score of 3 seconds off perfect. Fourth was Richard Fredette and Bill Loubiere from Louisiana and Texas in a 1930 Ford. And fifth was defending event champions Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles from Georgia in a 1932 Ford Cabriolet. The top placing rookie team was Kevin Pusch and Ed Calfo from South Carolina. Click HERE for a photo recap from the event!
As we continue to finalize the details of the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, we wanted to fill you in on some of the city stops along the way. When the 2016 “Lincoln Highway” route was announced several months ago, we had “California to Illinois” as our only description of the route. We’re glad to announce the lunch stops and overnight stops for this year’s event, and we’ve put together an awesome document to give you some insight to each stop. The document also has cool details about some of the sights that we’ll see on the 2016 Great Race. Click HERE to open the PDF and enjoy!
Our Great Race friend and Hagerty’s Client Relations Manager for North America Brad Phillips got to do something really fun recently – he was given $5,000 cash to go out and buy an old car. Of course there’s a catch: he was dropped in Nashville along with two others who also had $5,000 as part of a contest to find and buy a clean collector car, then drive it to the Auburn Auction Park and consign it in Auctions America’s Fall Auburn sale in order to see who comes out on top. Oh, and they had two and half days to get it all done. No one knows what Brad bought for $5,000, but we’ll all find out this weekend at the auction. Here’s a teaser video:
The 2015 Coker Tire Challenge is shaping up to be the best ever as the event celebrates its 10th annual rally Sept. 17-20 in Chattanooga. Already, more than 40 teams have registered, including the top two teams from the 2015 Great Race – Howard and Doug Sharp from New York in their 1916 Hudson and Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles from Georgia in their 1932 Ford. For two and a half days, competitors will rally throughout the beautiful Tennessee and Georgia countryside. And it’s not too late to enter. You can do so by clicking this link and submitting the form: http://www.cokertirechallenge.com/2015-challenge-registration
Here is the list of participants as of Sept. 1:
Car # Driver Navigator Year Vehicle
1 Howard Sharp Doug Sharp 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hill Climber
2 Curtis Graf TBA 1932 Ford
4 David Reeder Sawyer Stone 1932 Ford Victoria
5 Toshi Nakajima Toshi Akasaka 1991 Skyline
6 Casey Cunningham Lill Coker 1961 Austin Healey Sprite
7 Billy Cothern TBA 1932 Ford Roadster
9 Jim Menneto Mari Parizo 1932 Ford Boattail Speedster
12 Annegret Reichmann Uli Kammholz 1975 MGB
14 Kevin Boyd Karen Boyd 1964 Studebaker Daytona
16 Brad Kruse Scott Thams 1929 Ford A
18 Ed Calfo Carol Calfo 1999 Plymouth Prowler
20 Paul Grauer Judy Grauer 1937 Ford Pickup
21 George Barbour Jim Kyle 1972 Datsun 240Z
22 Buddy Green AJ Green 1962 Corvair Spyder
26 Barbara Matthews John Matthews 1967 Austin Cooper
28 Ed Habetz Tom Regan 1928 Ford Model A Speedster
29 Dave Haverty Steve Pusey 1937 Ford Coupe
31 Chad Caldwell Jennie Caldwell 1931 Auburn Boattail Speedster
32 Clay Miller Blake Garrison 1932 Ford 3 Window
35 Rex Gardner TBA 1935 Ford Coupe
36 Charlie Brittingham Rich McKone 1936 Ford
37 Bill Harper Larry Blair 1932 Ford Hiboy Roadster
38 Gary Martin Jean Ann Martin 1964 Chevy Nova
40 Sam Pratt Anne Pratt 1950 Chevy Deluxe
41 Cheryl Patton Neal Patton 1965 Porsche 356 C
42 Brad Phillips Bob Bryan 1965 Corvair convertible
51 Thomas Hopen Larry LeGrand 1963 Chevrolet Corvette StingRay-Roadster
52 Rich Becherer Lee Tubbs 1967 Ford Mustang
53 Michael Gilson Suzanne Gilson 1966 Chevrolet Corvette
55 David Dort Paul Dort 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
58 Richard Fredette Bill Loubiere 1930 Ford Speedster
59 Michael Bitterman Jr. Michael Bitterman Sr. 1967 Ford Galaxie 500
62 Jack Hausmann Beth Hausmann 1979 VW Convertible
66 Jody Knowles Beth Gentry 1932 Ford Cabriolet
72 Patricia Steadman Terry Axsom 1972 Chevrolet El Camino
74 John Coker Beth Coker 1967 Chevy Camaro
82 Daniel Epple Brad Epple 1934 Ford Pickup York body produce delivery
83 Bryan Deering Ian Deering 1935 Ford Coupe
88 Chip Benson Terry Kane 1952 Ford Truck F-3
99 Dick Stumb Karen Stumb 1963 Corvair Spyder Convertible
101 Scott Henderson TBA 1964 Ford Mustang
117 Shawn Buller TBA 1954 Buick
And even better than that, the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is featured in an awesome 10-page article that covers all the highlights of our epic journey from Kirkwood, Missouri to Santa Monica, California, along historic Route 66. Jim Menneto and his crew at Hemmings did an outstanding job with the coverage, and you should be receiving your copy of the October 2015 issue of Hemmings Motor News soon. We’re assuming that you already subscribe to the world’s largest collector car marketplace…but in case you don’t, click here to get more information. In the mean time, go to your favorite newsstand or book store and pick up a copy of the October 2015 issue and read all about the 2015 Great Race! Click HERE for the story!
Longtime Great Racer Rex Gardner has announced the dates of VCRA’s 2016 “All Stars for Autism” rally in Springfield, Missouri. The dates are May 5-8, 2016, and the host hotel will be the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. Last year’s “All Stars for Autism” was won by Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles in their 1932 Ford Cabriolet. Many use this annual event, which takes place about six weeks before the start of the Great Race, as a tune up for the cross-country event. Click HERE for the story!