August 31, 2015
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
August 29, 2015
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!
August 28, 2015
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!
August 21, 2015
John Reinan, support crew member for the Wandering Troubadours of Finland team in their 1932 Auburn (car #30), has written a wonderful article for the Star-Tribune newspaper in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, about the 2015 Great Race along Route 66. The WTF team has competed in the last three Great Races, and each year they seem to have more and more fun. To read John’s account of the race, click this link: http://m.startribune.com/variety/321818521.html?section=variety
August 19, 2015
One car from last year’s Coker Tire Challenge rally in Chattanooga will be missing from this year’s event – but they have a good reason. Mark and Lance Feighner, from Texas and Indiana respectively, participated in the 2014 Coker Tire Challenge in their 1938 Cadillac LaSalle, but they will miss the Sept. 17-20 event next month. They will be in Dallas at the Mecum Auction with a 1957 Meskowski A.J. Foyt USAC Champ Car. They are auctioning it off and all of the sellers’ proceeds are going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Here is a link to the listing from Hemmings Motor News’ website: http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/mckee/unspecified/1758820.html. What a great car and what a great thing for Mark and Lance to do.
August 12, 2015
The rally season will draw to a close in the next couple of months with the Coker Tire Challenge September 18-20 in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Pumpkin Run October 16-18 in Millsboro, Delaware. Those two annual rallies are very familiar to racers, most of whom have already signed up. But here’s a new event that is just been announced for the spring of 2016 in Fairport, New York, and will be hosted by Howard and Doug Sharp. Here’s the complete announcement from the Sharps about the event:
The Northeast Rally Club is proud to announce that their annual spring rally will take place in Fairport, New York. During the 2012 Great Race, this small village on the Erie Canal was voted best lunch stop by drivers and navigators. Come see what Fairport has to offer and why it is “one of the best 100 places to live” in the United States.
Click HERE for the Story!
August 11, 2015
by Dick Russ
Editor’s note: Every year during the Great Race we see and hear stories of those who go the extra mile to keep their car in the event. In 2014, it was Jeff Fredette changing a transmission after Day 3 to try and hold on to his overall lead; in 2015, it was Pat and Patrick King trying to keep their Cadillac on the road. Well, here’s a story of Dick Russ from Oklahoma City and what he and his team went through trying to make the Great Race start. Unfortunately, it did not have a happy ending, but you can get the sense of the other side of racing. But on the bright side, they will be ready for the 2016 Great Race. Dick wrote this article for his car club’s newsletter.
Click HERE for the story!
August 10, 2015
G.R. Pike and Bobby Hadskey, the 2004 Great Race winners, have entered the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty after a two-year absence. They are scheduled to participate in G.R.’s right hand drive 1916 Hudson Indy race car, which they won the event in 12 years ago in Monterey, California. Pike, the driver, is from Searcy, Arkansas, and Hadskey, the navigator, is from Germantown, Tennessee.
The 2016 Great Race will start on Saturday, June 18, in San Rafael, California. That city, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, was the finish line in 2006 when another 1916 Hudson – the four-passenger speeder of Dave Reeder’s – won the race. Reeder and his grandson navigator Sawyer Stone are considering bringing back their 1916 Hudson for the 2016 race. If that happens, there will be at least three 100-year-old vehicles in next year’s race. Defending champions Howard and Doug Sharp will again be campaigning their 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber. The Sharps’ won the Great Race for the second time last month when they edged out Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles and their 1932 Ford Cabriolet at the finish on the Santa Monica Pier in California.
August 4, 2015
The 2015 Great Race Grand Champions, Howard and Doug Sharp, were honored in their hometown of Fairport, New York last week by having the day named for them. Representatives from the Village of Fairport and the Town of Perinton were on hand. Dozens of family, friends and Great Racers turned out to congratulate them on their victory in the race from Kirkwood, Missouri to Santa Monica, California.
Click HERE for the story!
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.