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!
As you can imagine, Ted Stahl has been busy since the Great Race ended in Florida eight months ago. In addition to traveling all over the world on company business, he has been gearing up for the Spirit of Stahls’ four teams in the 2015 Great Race. That’s right, in addition to Ted and his wife Mary, there are two more returning teams and one new one. Sons Brett and Dan and friends Benjamin and Thomas Karr from Germany (Thomas is the CEO of GroupeStahl’s division in Europe). The new team will consist of another son, Trevor, and friend Josh Hull. Click HERE for the story!
One of the rarest and coolest 1960’s automobiles to ever participate in the Great Race is now for sale. Known as “Carrot” for its bright orange color, Marc Perlman is selling his 1969 AMX. Marc says, “As you know, the car didn’t miss a beat on the race last year, and it is being sold just as it ran in the event.” Not only did the car perform well in the race, Marc and his wife, Renee, drove the car home from Florida to Connecticut afterward.
Anyone interested in the car can email Marc at Allard54@earthlink.net or call him at 212-686-3793.
Every year after the Great Race, several competitors’ cars will make the rounds to car shows, concours and national auto shows. And that’s just what Daniel Jobe, a 2014 rookie along with David Pruett in their 1946 Cadillac convertible, did recently. Their beautiful Cadillac was on display, still sporting its Great Race decals, at the DC Auto Show in January and it got lots of attention as you can imagine. Click HERE for the story!
Irvin Wright, 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 has not been used very much as Irvin’s car broke down in the first couple of days and he had to go home. He wants $900 for it, which is very reasonable. If you are interested in it, please contact Irvin at 661-947-9204 or at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and he will list it on the website.
The boys from McPherson College, winners of the last two X-Cup Division titles in the Great Race, have a new challenge on their hands. Led by two-year race veteran Tony Di Valentin, McPherson College has taken on the challenge of re-creating a famous Indy 500 winner. McPherson is going to have to be on their toes this summer in the Great Race as Alfred State College of New York is gunning to knock them off, as will several high school teams from around the country.