January 12, 2015
Throughout the history of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, it has been a priority to encourage youth to participate, be it as a racer or part of the staff. Eventually, a special class was created for young automotive enthusiasts who wanted to pilot a vintage car in the Great Race. This class would be known as the X-Cup division, and it’s still going strong to this day. Continue reading for a great explanation of the X-Cup division, as well as a few testimonials and photos from former X-Cup participants, who went on to be Great Race winners!
Click HERE for the X-Cup Division Article!
January 9, 2015
The 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty TV show will air four times before the end of January on MavTV. There will be 10 p.m. airings on the East Coast and West Coast. It all begins Thursday, Jan. 15, at 10 p.m. Pacific (1 a.m. Eastern) and will last for one hour. It will air immediately following the Lucas Oil Modified Series from Blythe, Calif.
The following Thursday night, Jan. 22, it will air at 10 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Pacific). It will air again that night three hours later (10 p.m. on the West Coast).
The final showing in the month will be on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 10 p.m. Pacific (1 a.m. Eastern).
MavTV is the new home of many of the old Speed Channel favorites such as My Classic Car, Stacy David’s GearZ, Dave Despain, Dream Car Garage and Two Guys Garage. MavTV is seen in more than 80 million homes across the country. It is on Dish channel 248, Directv channel 214 and Verizon channel 810. It is also available through cable providers Comcast, Time Warner and Charter.
Please check your local listings for the dates and times in your area.
January 7, 2015
The 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will travel through two National Parks – Petrified Forest in Arizona and Joshua Tree in California – and the Great Race staff wants you to be prepared. National Parks have an entrance fee, so if any member of your crew (driver, navigator and support crew members) has a National Park Pass or National Park Senior Pass, please bring it along on this year’s race. Support crews will have the opportunity to drive through the Petrified Forest while in Arizona if they would like on the day between Gallup, New Mexico, and Flagstaff, Arizona. Support crews will also be invited to other stops during the days, including J&R Vintage Auto Museum in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
January 6, 2015
The 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Event Regulations, including an Example Rally, have been released and they are currently posted on at www.greatrace.com. The Great Race staff works hard to get the Regulations published by Jan. 1 each year, and we recommend that each participate print a copy and go over them in advance of the start in Missouri in June. “There are very few changes from the 2014 Event Regulations,” Great Race Director Jeff Stumb said. “Each year we try very hard to eliminate and unnecessary wording to make it as easy to understand as possible.” If anyone has questions about the Regulations, Stumb said to email Director of Competition John Classen at email@example.com.
The Event Regulations are available under the “About” tab across the top menu on the website under “2015 Rules” as will as under the grey “Regulations” tab on the left hand site of the home page. They are also available by clicking here: http://cdn.greatrace.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/event_regulations_2015.pdf
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/