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Great Race Visits Japan Part 2–The Cars!

By Great Race
February 27, 2015

The spectators on the 2015 Great Race will get quite a treat this summer. Not only will they see the best classic and vintage cars from the United States – from a 1915 Hudson Indy car to a 1968 Corvette – they will also see fabulous European cars such as Volvo, Sunbeam, Jaguar, Fiat and Austin-Healey. And to top it off they will see eight right-hand drive Japanese cars that are rarely seen in the United States, highlighted by the 1969 Toyota 2000 GT of Morita Norihisa and Yamaguchi Akitaka. Another interesting car from one of the Japanese teams is the 1969 Nissan Z432 of Shimizu and Naho Kuniaki.
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Great Race Visits Japan!

By Great Race
February 26, 2015

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Toshi Akasaka of Japan participated in the 2014 Great Race and at the closing banquet when he was awarded “Our Best Friend” plaque he told the crowd he was going back to Japan and tell all of his friends what a great time he had and that he would bring five teams from Japan for the 2015 event. Well, after hearing of his great adventure, there are eight teams from Japan signed up to participate in the Great Race this summer. And to best prepare for the race, the teams scheduled a meeting in Tokyo and flew Great Race director Jeff Stumb to Japan to meet with the them.
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Exciting News for Great Racer Scott Hudson

By Great Race
February 25, 2015

Through the years we are glad to be able to keep the Great Race family connected by posting news about participants here. Some of it is sad news and some of it is happy news. Today it is very happy news to report that longtime navigator Scott Hudson of Rochester, N.Y., has gotten engaged to his girlfriend Sarah Hall.

Scott, who has navigated for his grandfather John Hudson since he was in grade school in their 1940 Chevrolet, first met Sarah in sixth grade homeroom. But it would be another five years before he would ask her out. Now, after six years of dating, the two have decided to get married. They are looking at a date in July of 2016. Scott and John are usually found in the top 10 each year of the Great Race. They finished 8th overall in 2012 and 10th overall in 2013.

The Great American Tour–A Route 66 Adventure!

By Great Race
February 24, 2015

For more than 30 years, the Great Race has been traveling the best back roads of America in cars built before 1972. While the Great Race is geared toward competition, with $150,000 up for grabs, the event organizers decided to offer a more laid back option for car enthusiasts who wanted more of a “tour” and less of a “race”. The result is the Hemmings Motor News Great American Tour presented by Hagerty, an epic journey on historic Route 66 to see all the sights of The Mother Road.
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Great Racer Marvin Price Passes Away

By Great Race
February 24, 2015

Longtime Great Racer Marvin Price passed away Friday, Feb. 20, in Scottsdale, Ariz., his wife Rosemary reported to me this weekend. Rosemary said one of the last things she talked to Marv about was the Great Race, which they both enjoyed very much. They last participated in 2013 in their 1948 Ford convertible. They actually were rookies in 1999 – before they were married.
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One Great Racer Leaves, One Joins AACA Board

By Great Race
February 17, 2015

Great Race director Jeff Stumb’s two-year term on the board of directors for the Antique Automobile Club of America ended last week at the annual meeting in Philadelphia just as another Great Racer’s term began. Tabetha Hammer, Affinity Communications Manager with Hagerty and a three-year participant in the Great Race, began her term (2015-17) on the AACA board as one of three new directors sworn in on Feb. 12.
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Learn More About the Great Race X-Cup Division

By Great Race
January 12, 2015

Throughout the history of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, it has been a priority to encourage youth to participate, be it as a racer or part of the staff. Eventually, a special class was created for young automotive enthusiasts who wanted to pilot a vintage car in the Great Race. This class would be known as the X-Cup division, and it’s still going strong to this day. Continue reading for a great explanation of the X-Cup division, as well as a few testimonials and photos from former X-Cup participants, who went on to be Great Race winners!

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Great Race Rolls onto Your TV this Month!

By Great Race
January 9, 2015


The 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty TV show will air four times before the end of January on MavTV. There will be 10 p.m. airings on the East Coast and West Coast. It all begins Thursday, Jan. 15, at 10 p.m. Pacific (1 a.m. Eastern) and will last for one hour. It will air immediately following the Lucas Oil Modified Series from Blythe, Calif.

The following Thursday night, Jan. 22, it will air at 10 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Pacific). It will air again that night three hours later (10 p.m. on the West Coast).

The final showing in the month will be on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 10 p.m. Pacific (1 a.m. Eastern).

MavTV is the new home of many of the old Speed Channel favorites such as My Classic Car, Stacy David’s GearZ, Dave Despain, Dream Car Garage and Two Guys Garage. MavTV is seen in more than 80 million homes across the country. It is on Dish channel 248, Directv channel 214 and Verizon channel 810. It is also available through cable providers Comcast, Time Warner and Charter.

Please check your local listings for the dates and times in your area.

Great Race to Pass Through Two National Parks in 2015

By Great Race
January 7, 2015

The 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will travel through two National Parks – Petrified Forest in Arizona and Joshua Tree in California – and the Great Race staff wants you to be prepared. National Parks have an entrance fee, so if any member of your crew (driver, navigator and support crew members) has a National Park Pass or National Park Senior Pass, please bring it along on this year’s race. Support crews will have the opportunity to drive through the Petrified Forest while in Arizona if they would like on the day between Gallup, New Mexico, and Flagstaff, Arizona. Support crews will also be invited to other stops during the days, including J&R Vintage Auto Museum in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

2015 Great Race Event Regulations Are Now Available

By Great Race
January 6, 2015

The 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Event Regulations, including an Example Rally, have been released and they are currently posted on at www.greatrace.com. The Great Race staff works hard to get the Regulations published by Jan. 1 each year, and we recommend that each participate print a copy and go over them in advance of the start in Missouri in June. “There are very few changes from the 2014 Event Regulations,” Great Race Director Jeff Stumb said. “Each year we try very hard to eliminate and unnecessary wording to make it as easy to understand as possible.” If anyone has questions about the Regulations, Stumb said to email Director of Competition John Classen at johnclassen17@yahoo.com.

The Event Regulations are available under the “About” tab across the top menu on the website under “2015 Rules” as will as under the grey “Regulations” tab on the left hand site of the home page. They are also available by clicking here: http://cdn.greatrace.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/event_regulations_2015.pdf

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