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Tune into Fox Sports 1 Tonight!

By Great Race
August 20, 2014

If you want to see fellow Great Racer Jody Knowles racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, tonight, August 20th is the night! Tune into Fox Sports 1 at 4:40pm Eastern time for Qualifying, and then 8:30pm for the race! Jody will be in the number 80 Ford truck, sponsored by Clayton Signs, Inc. Jody will be doing battle on the 1/2-mile oval…one of the wildest races of the year!

The Passing of A Great Race Family Member

By Great Race
August 14, 2014

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Mary Bitterman joined the Great Race family in 2011, as a navigator with her husband Michael in their beautiful 1966 Dodge Charger. Since then, the couple have competed in several other vintage car rally events, including additional Great Race events, and have made lots of friends along the way. Unfortunately, Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing her to fight a battle that no one wants to fight. Despite her condition, she paid us a visit during the early days of this year’s Great Race. We’re so thankful for the Bitterman’s and their passion for the Great Race. Mary passed away earlier this week–her suffering is now over, but that doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye to a great friend. Please keep Michael Bitterman, and all of Mary’s family and friends in your prayers. You can visit this link to find information on her funeral arrangements: http://www.campbellennisklotzbachfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Mary-Bitterman/#!/Obituary

Florida Teams featured on PBS

By Great Race
August 13, 2014

So much hard work goes into an event of this size. There are dozens, if not hundreds of people who grab each task and see them to completion bringing all the pieces of this wonderfully complex traveling circus to the masses along thousands of miles of American back roads. It really is a huge effort by so many dedicated people to make the Great Race happen each year.

It gets lost in the mix sometimes, just how much that passion trickles all the way down to the racers and their hometown fans. These teams spend incredible amounts of time, money and energy getting prepared for, and taking part in the race each year. Their stories are always unique and often leave lasting impressions on their friends, neighbors, home towns and the thousands of people met along the race’s route.

Florida PBS station WUCF put together this piece on three teams in the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty that call Florida their home state.  These very different teams come together in this well done story to present an interesting take from the racer’s point of view. WUCF Producer Buddy Pittman visited with former X-cup’ers #92 team of Chad Nelson/Brandon Schindler, rookies #96 – Oli Hallowes / Michael Hallowes and rookies #21 – Chip Woodard / Kathy Woodard in building this story. We were able to supplement some of Buddy’s great work with footage from our own production efforts, and we all think his story turned out really well.


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Thanks to All Who Completed our Participant Survey!

By Great Race
August 12, 2014

The Great Race asked for your responses in a survey after the 2014 event, and we tallied the results and have heard you loud and clear. Many of the 110 responses were as expected. There were several other items that were areas we didn’t know needed attention. But now we do, and we appreciate you letting us know.
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Jody Knowles is Doing A Different Kind of Racing

By Great Race
July 31, 2014

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Great Racers know Jody Knowles as quiet but hard charging driver of the #66 red 1932 Ford Cabriolet. He and his navigator, Beth Gentry, have finished in the top three in three of the last four Great Races. They have also dominated the Coker Tire Challenge in recent years as well by winning twice in the last few years.

But Jody has been doing some different kind of racing lately. He competed in the NASCAR Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio last week. Yes, that NASCAR Truck Series against the likes of Ron Hornaday, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Jeb Burton, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney, Ken Schrader, Ty Dillon, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Michael Annett.
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The Hudson Super Six is Alive Again!

By Great Race
July 30, 2014

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My 1916 Hudson Super Six engine, which threw a rod on the 2005 Great Race at the base of Mt. Rainer in Washington state, came back to life this week when the boys at Honest Charley Garage finished rebuilding it. The engine is back in the car now and later this week it should be on the road again for the first time in nine years. The car is the only 1916 Hudson Cabriolet left in the world.
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Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Great Race!

By Great Race
July 29, 2014

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty as excitement continues to build for the epic Route 66 themed event. During the month of July, 51 requests were submitted from potential rookies, and they were all sent registration forms and a flyer Monday. There has been more demand for information for the 2015 than any Great Race in history.
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2014 Great Race Overview by Neal Patton

By Great Race
July 28, 2014

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By Neal Patton
Another Great Race is in the books… 108 antique and vintage cars… 2,100 plus miles (if you do not count getting lost or temporarily disoriented like Cheryl and I did)… 20 cities and 13 states… nine days… Maine to Florida.
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Looking For A Rally Car? Speedster For Sale!

By Great Race
July 24, 2014

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Looking for a turnkey car for the 2015 Great Race along Route 66? Well, Howard Sharp has one for you. The 2011 Grand Champion is selling his 1932 Ford Dirt Track Racer that has competed in more than a dozen Great Races since it was built in the 1980s specifically for the event.
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Coker Tire Challenge is Coming Soon!

By Great Race
July 22, 2014

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The 9th annual Coker Tire Challenge is less than two months away, and entries from around the country are pouring in. Entry fees have remained the same again this year for Run For Fun and for Dash For Cash. The Coker Tire Challenge will be held Sept. 18-21 in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee, with the three-day, cloverleaf rally covering three states. The event will begin Thursday, Sept. 18, with registration, tech inspection and rally school followed by a reception in the Coker Tire Museum.
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