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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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The End of an Era–The Jason’s Are Retiring

By Great Race
July 15, 2014

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Three-time Great Race Grand Champions Barry and Irene Jason have decided to retire from competition while on top. The Keller, Texas, couple became the first team in the 31-year history of the Great Race to win the event three years in a row when they crossed the finish line in Florida June 29. Now they are going to enjoy a new chapter in their lives that doesn’t involve antique cars or rally competition.
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Two Great Race Legends Have Passed Away

By Great Race
July 14, 2014

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The Great Race has lost two of its most iconic veterans dating back to the founding of the event in 1983. Grand Champion Dave Teter, a veteran of more than 20 Great Races, and Chic Kleptz, an innovator who regularly campaigned in a Marmon automobile, both passed away in the last week.
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No Increase in Great Race Private Entry Fee for 2015

By Great Race
July 11, 2014

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Great Race officials have announced that there will be no price increase for Private entries for the 2015 Route 66 event. The Private entry fee will remain $5,000, and a $500 discount is available for those who pay a $2,000 deposit by Sept. 30 and the balance of $2,500 by Dec. 31.
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Great Race 2015–Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

By Great Race
July 10, 2014

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With the successful 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty less than two weeks behind us, we are already turning our attention to the 2015 route. The Great Race next year will have a Route 66 theme and start in the St. Louis area on Saturday, June 20, and will finish in Southern California on Sunday, June 28. The Trophy Run on Friday will head east into Illinois so that the Great Race will travel on parts of Route 66 in all eight states where the Mother Road once ruled. From Missouri westward we will visit Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
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“A Word” from Humpy Wheeler About the Great Race

By Great Race
July 7, 2014

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If you know legendary NASCAR promoter, Humpy Wheeler, then you know that just getting “a word” from him is not an option. This man has stories that reach WAY back into the heyday of NASCAR, and he’s been around racing all his life. It was truly a pleasure to have Mr. Humpy Wheeler participate in the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty this year. After returning from the event, he sent his overview of the event…keep reading to check it out!
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Going Home

By Motormouth
June 30, 2014

In the quiet of a small waiting area at Gainesville Airport…there are a total of 3 gates, I start to unwind and reflect on yet another successful Great Race experience. While excited at the thought of going home to Ottawa to be with family once again and to celebrate Canada Day, it is not without a rush og appreciation for all that I got to do and see over the past twelve days. After doing this for nineteen years one has to appreciate that over those years, another family plays an important role in my life as well. That indeed is the Great Race family. From the Cokers, Sister McRae, all the staff, the volunteers, the participants…you get the idea, there’s a huge network out there with whom I get to share excitement, challenges and camaraderie.
Each year seems better than the last! With a fabulous start city, through several excellent lunch and dinner stops each day has brought its own level of excitement. Amongst my favorites this year…. Downtown Lowell, Poughkeepsie, NY, Millsboro, DE, New Bern, NC, Clinton NC ,and Mount Pleasant, SC. Needless to say, the Finish is always special and the Villages was no exception…long after the banquet was completed and long after I was back to my hotel…the ring of whistles blasting welcome to the teams was still buzzing in my ears.
Suffice to say…another great year with another group of Great Racers!\
Long live the Great Race!
Now come US Air…take me home!

Barry and Irene Jason Win Again!

By Great Race
June 30, 2014

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That’s right, for the third year in a row, Barry and Irene Jason have WON the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. They brought a new car to the event this year, but they undoubtedly had it dialed in before hand, as they nailed the very first day. They scored a perfect day on day one, but had a couple of rough days after that, which caused them to play catch-up all week. Jeff and Eric Fredette held the lead for most of the week, but the Jason’s came back on the last couple of days with awesome scores. As they rolled into The Villages, Florida for the Grand Finish, they were handed a big check, and during our awards banquet, they were handed a big bird…and lots of bragging rights. They also won the Eckler’s Ace award, which put a few more bucks in their pocket. Congrats to Barry and Irene Jason for being the 2014 Grand Champions! Click HERE to see the final scores!

Well, THAT was an Experience!

By John Corey
June 30, 2014

It’s done.  Next year it’s Route 66: sounds interesting.  We’ve had all the good that is the Great Race: friends new & old, great cars, tough challenges met.  Congratulations Jasons!  Congratulations to ALL who drove, rode, supported at home, or cheered from the grassy side of the white-lined shoulders of the long, long road.

If you’ll excuse me today, I’ll be brief, but a big thanks to the MANY good people who were kind enough to read my notes here and to seek me out with kind words of compliment in return (kinda makes it worthwhile staying up late to write this).  I hope a few of you who aren’t already in the Great Race family might be encouraged to join us!

On the final day, we got our 4th ace, but more importantly, the Boys FINALLY got their FIRST ACE!  Ethan said he’ll leave it on the big Hudson forever.  Good Job, Boys, Good Job.

After another hot, humid Southern day, we were pretty tired and well stuck to the red leather seats that our skin has come to resemble.  I had a song stuck in my head – though not quite the original lyrics.  Do you recall ‘Radar Love’ from 1973?  Here’s how it ran in my head yesterday:

Been Drivin’ All Week, my Hands Wet on the Wheel/There’s a Voice in my Head that Drives my Heel.

It’s Great Race Callin’, the End is Near/We’re almost there, But There’s Still Next Year.

- well, you get the idea.  I won’t torture it further.  Here’s an image from the route that shows about how we felt by the time we rolled into the Villages under the hot, hot sun (SLOOWLY, so as not to run over any of the enthusiastic spectators, as we had only the wimpy parking brake still useful):

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Still, the Villages and the 40,000 golf carts here put on a grand show and we had a super time to close out our Race Day – Thanks, Villages!

Other than no brakes to speak of, we had a smooth day.  It must be that we do better when I drive less energetically as we managed a 20 second score.  There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

Big banquet. Bye, bye buddies. Bed.

We won only one, unofficial award (you can read about the others in the previous Great Race official posting).  In recognition of our little troubles this year, the Caldwells transferred to us the Pink Monkey, given for problems that just won’t go away.  Fitting.  Thus ends another chapter in the continuing story of the Great Race.  Thanks for reading.  Thanks for your support!  jc

2014 Great Race Award Winners

By Great Race
June 29, 2014

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The 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty has a $150,000 purse, and lots of folks left our awards banquet with a check in their pocket. With payouts from $1,000 to $50,000, the racers have LOTS of reasons to come back and try again next year. By the way, we’ll tell you a little bit more about next year’s route in a later post. Congrats to all of the winners in all five racing divisions. You guys and gals rocked! Congrats again to Barry and Irene Jason for the overall win (their third in a row!) and a huge congrats to Jim Menneto, Publisher of Hemmings for taking home the Tom McRae Spirit of the Event award! What a great night in The Villages, Florida! Check out all the awards pictures here!
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