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Coker Tire Challenge 2015 Entry List

By Great Race
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

Great Race is on the Cover of October 2015 Hemmings!

By Great Race
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!

VCRA All Stars for Autism 2016 Rally Dates Announced!

By Great Race
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!

Great Race is in the News!

By Great Race
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

These Guys Have a Good Excuse!

By Great Race
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.

Spring 2016 Rally in Fairport, New York!

By Great Race
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!

The Race That Almost Was

By Great Race
August 11, 2015

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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!

G.R. Pike and Bobby Hadskey Return for 2016 Great Race

By Great Race
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.
A 1916 Hudson Indy race car pulls into Crowley, La., on the Great Race

Howard and Doug Sharp Honored in Fairport, NY

By Great Race
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!

The 2016 Great Race Field is Filling Up–Sign up NOW!

By Great Race
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.

Call us at 1-800-989-RACE (1-800-989-7223), toll free.
1317 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
Email: jeffs@coker.com
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