December 15, 2014
Believe it or not, in just six short months Great Racers will begin arriving in Kirkwood, Missouri, for the start of the 2015 Great Race along Route 66. We are completely sold out with a record number of entries and a record number of rookies, and it should make for a fantastic event. And with the retirement of Barry and Irene Jason, we are going to have a different winner for the first time since 2011.
The route has been in place for some time, and now we have released the times and locations of the stops in each city, and the ad above (click it to make it bigger) will begin running shortly in Hemmings Motor News, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Muscle Machines and Hemmings Sports and Exotic. Spectators need to mark their calendars now. All of these promoted stops will be great, as well as a few stops and sites just for the racers, including Cadillac Ranch, J&R Vintage Auto Museum, the Petrified Forest, the Oatman Hotel and Joshua Tree National Park.
December 3, 2014
Great Racers are everywhere. They are even on television. A few nights ago, I was doing some late night surfing and came across a new episode of our friend Wayne Carini’s show, Chasing Classic Cars. Wayne himself has become part of the Great Race family the last three years – he participated in the 2012 start in Traverse City; he competed in the 2013 Trophy Run and was our Grand Marshal; and he helped promote the 2014 event by appearing at the start in Ogunquit, Maine, the overnight stop in Lowell, Massachusetts, and the lunch stops in Rochester, New Hampshire, and Bennington, Vermont.
Click HERE for the story!
November 21, 2014
On Saturday, November 15th, MotorMouth and Mrs. Goudge were guests at the Annual General Meeting of The Upper Canada Region – Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada, held in Kingston, Ontario, at the invitation of Al & Brenda Barden (Great Race 1995).
Click HERE for the story!
November 20, 2014
For the folks who participated in the 9th annual Coker Tire Challenge this year, please take a few minutes to check out the Great Race Photo Site for hundreds of awesome photos from the Challenge. We apologize for the delay in getting them posted, but all of the photos are now available for viewing and purchasing. Check out the galleries of photos here: http://greatrace.smugmug.com/Cars/Coker-Tire-Challenge-2014 Thank you for your patience…enjoy!
November 19, 2014
Great Racers know Jeff Fredette as the hard-charging driver of his yellow and black 1933 Ford pickup truck who finished second overall in the 2014 event with his son, Eric. But Jeff has another competitive side that uses only two wheels. And he has been as successful at that as he has at the Great Race. For the last 34 years, AMA Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Fredette has been one of the representatives from the United States International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), a motorcycle event held in different parts of the world each year and drawing competitors from 30 countries.. For the first time in his distinguished career, Jeff failed to finish the 2014 ISDE in San Juan, Argentina, when his Kawasaki KLX ingested sand during a transition stage, seizing the engine beyond repair.
Our friends at Hemmings did a nice piece on Jeff including some great photos in a recent edition of the Hemmings Daily.
Click here to read the article:
November 17, 2014
Harold Coker, the founder of Coker Tire and a nine-year participant in the Coker Tire Challenge each September, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 16. He was 84. He was the father of Corky Coker, the owner of the Great Race. Harold and his wife of 61 years, Lill, were fixtures at the Coker Tire Challenge, as well as dozens of other automotive-related events across the country. The Challenge’s most prestigious award, the Bill Coker Spirit of the Event Award, is named for his late brother.
Although Harold never participated in the Great Race, his influence was always there: his two sons, Corky and David, participated in the Great Race, as did his brother Bob, his daughter-in-law Theresa, his grandson Cameron, his granddaughter Kelly and his grandson-in-law Greg Cunningham. Click this link to read more about Harold’s passing and to see photos from his recent induction into the Tire Industry Association’s Hall of Fame: http://blog.cokertire.com/
Click here to read the full obituary: http://www.timesfreepress.com/obituaries/2014/nov/17/harold-coker/
November 15, 2014
My friend and Great Racer Ted Stahl sent a note about a wonderful event he had at his museum in Chesterfield, Michigan, for Veterans Day. Everyone who has been in the Great Race for the last three years knows Ted and Mary Stahl and their love of old cars and this country. And their museum is spectacular. I wanted to share Ted’s note here with all of you:
All: I thought you may like to hear about the Veterans Day event we had at the museum. It was outstanding and beyond anything I could ever have imagined. With an attendance of over 1,500 visitors and raising over $10,600 for the Wounded Warriors (Mary and I will be matching the final number), we proudly announce this event a huge success!
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE FROM THE EVENT: http://tedstahl.com/2014/11/the-spirit-of-camaraderie/
November 14, 2014
That’s right, you can buy one a championship winning ’35 Ford coupe! This car was purpose built for Great Race competition and it has obviously been pretty successful, with back-to-back Great Race victories. The Flathead V8 engine has been lightly modified and upgraded to make sure it is reliable and runs cool. The car is mostly stock and features Excelsior Stahl Sport radial tires. The car comes ready to race, and features many spare parts, including a complete freshly-rebuilt engine and transmission. This is a GREAT DEAL, priced at $39,000. The Jason’s will even throw in one day of rally training if you purchase the car! Call Barry at 817-797-5013.
November 12, 2014
Everyone loves to reflect on their experiences on the Great Race when they return home after the ultimate car experience. Some put videos together while others show their friends and local car clubs their photos from the event. Still others chronicle their time on the Great Race in magazine articles, and Tabetha Hammer of Hagerty has put together one of the best stories we have seen in a long time for “Throttle Gals” magazine. If you have not heard of the magazine, it is exactly what it says it is – a magazine featuring gals and their cars.
And the story of Tabetha and navigator Samantha Bonter on the Great Race (one of only two all-female teams) is perfect. Thanks to Doni Langdon, whose title at the magazine is Head Chick in Charge, for letting us share Tabetha and Sam’s story on the 2014 Great Race with you.
CLICK THIS LINK TO READ THE STORY: www.throttlegals.com.
November 11, 2014
The Christmas season is fast approaching, and we at Great Race have the perfect gift for your driver, navigator or fan. It’s the 2015 Great Race Christmas ornament. We are offering this Limited Collectors Edition ornament for only $13 plus shipping ($5 flat rate). And if you order before Nov. 21 it will be delivered by Dec. 7 in plenty of time for wrapping before Christmas.
This ornament, which will sell for $20 to the public after Jan. 1, commemorates the 2015 Great Race along Route 66 in June.
You can order this fabulous item by clicking the link below.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!