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Great Racers at the Hershey Fall Meet

By Great Race
October 9, 2015

Carson Cameron and C.J. Christie, Hemming Motor News’ dynamic duo selling subscriptions on the Great Race this summer, show off the new 2016 Great Race route poster at the Hershey swap meet this week. The route poster was also on display at the Coker Tire booth and the Hagerty booth. Great Racers, past and present, also seen at Hershey so far have been Ed and Brenda Hurst, Ted and Mary Stahl, Howard and Doug Sharp, Mike and Cindy White, David McAllister, Davin Reckow, Brad Phillips, David Coon, Joe Kozloski, Sam Hanigrif, Corky Coker, David Coker, Barry Daughtery, Buck Kamphausen and Karen Stumb.

Hagerty Swap to Street Challenge 2015

By Great Race
October 8, 2015

The annual AACA fall meet at Hershey always draws dozens of Great Racers, but this year two competitors have a very interesting task. Those racers are Brad Phillips and Davin Reckow from Hagerty, and they are working on an old truck on the Chocolate Field with the goal of getting it built in 100 hours (by the end of the meet) using only parts that they sourced from the famous swap meet. They plan on driving it back to Traverse City, Michigan when it’s complete. Some parts are used, while others, including a set of tires and wheels from Coker Tire, were purchased from supporting vendors. It’s called the Hagerty Swap to Street Challenge, and there is a live feed of the build going on during all days of the AACA Hershey Fall Swap Meet.

You can follow their progress at this link:

Great Race Rookie Team Featured Online

By Great Race
September 30, 2015

The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is a huge challenge and a lot of fun, if you enjoy spending time behind the wheel of an old car. The rookie team of Bob Marak of El Segundo, California and Steve Fitzgerald of Menifee, California campaigned a 1961 Volkswagen Beetle ragtop in the 2015 event on Route 66. After the event was over, the car proudly wore its Great Race decals and caught the attention of the Daily Driver Project website. They decided to feature the car, and its owner in a great article. Check it out here:

New and Improved Great Race Website Coming Soon!

By Great Race
September 28, 2015

The release of the new Great Race website is only days away, and fans of the event will enjoy the sharp, professional look as well as the easier navigation. The website will continue to highlight the history of the event back to 1983 as well as to offer daily updates on the current event. The organization of items has been studied and information will be easier to find. Sponsor links will be larger and more prominent as will the contact information. One of the highlights is the interactive map of the 2016 Great Race route from San Rafael, California to Moline, Illinois. Users will be able to select a city stop and view highlights of that day on the race. Keep checking back for the new website design, and we know you will enjoy it.

Reeder & Stone Win the 2015 Coker Tire Challenge!

By Great Race
September 22, 2015

David Reeder and grandson Sawyer Stone strung together an amazing five Aces in a row on Saturday on their way to victory in the 10th annual Coker Tire Challenge in Chattanooga this weekend. Reeder and Stone, in their 1932 Ford Victoria, finished 5 seconds ahead of Howard and Doug Sharp in their 1916 Hudson in the three-day rally through eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia.

Reeder and Stone, who are from Arkansas, had a 9-second score on the Friday, a 3-second score on Saturday and a 5-second score on Sunday. The 3-seconds on Saturday came on 9 legs. In addition to the five perfect legs that day, they also had three 1s. The Sharps, who came all the way from New York, were the winners of the 2015 Great Race. Third place was Dave Haverty and Steve Pusey from Georgia in a 1937 Ford Coupe. They moved up several spots on the last day after a final-day score of 3 seconds off perfect. Fourth was Richard Fredette and Bill Loubiere from Louisiana and Texas in a 1930 Ford. And fifth was defending event champions Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles from Georgia in a 1932 Ford Cabriolet. The top placing rookie team was Kevin Pusch and Ed Calfo from South Carolina.
Click HERE for a photo recap from the event!

2016 Great Race City Stops Announced

By Great Race
September 10, 2015

As we continue to finalize the details of the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, we wanted to fill you in on some of the city stops along the way. When the 2016 “Lincoln Highway” route was announced several months ago, we had “California to Illinois” as our only description of the route. We’re glad to announce the lunch stops and overnight stops for this year’s event, and we’ve put together an awesome document to give you some insight to each stop. The document also has cool details about some of the sights that we’ll see on the 2016 Great Race. Click HERE to open the PDF and enjoy!

Cool Contest with Hagerty’s Brad Phillips

By Great Race
September 4, 2015

Our Great Race friend and Hagerty’s Client Relations Manager for North America Brad Phillips got to do something really fun recently – he was given $5,000 cash to go out and buy an old car. Of course there’s a catch: he was dropped in Nashville along with two others who also had $5,000 as part of a contest to find and buy a clean collector car, then drive it to the Auburn Auction Park and consign it in Auctions America’s Fall Auburn sale in order to see who comes out on top. Oh, and they had two and half days to get it all done. No one knows what Brad bought for $5,000, but we’ll all find out this weekend at the auction. Here’s a teaser video:

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:

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!

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