May 22, 2015
The 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is packed with 120 classic cars and trucks. In order to stay on schedule, we’re going to have to work as a team. That’s why we devised the registration and tech inspection schedule last year. It worked very well, and we’re utilizing it again this year. Please click HERE for the schedule!
May 22, 2015
During last year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, we were approached by a videographer, who was gathering footage for a TV Show called Driving America. It was to air on the National Geographic network, and we’ve been anticipating the show’s debut ever since. We have recently heard that the show will be a two-hour special on National Geographic channel, and it will air on Monday May 25th at 9pm Eastern time and Pacific time. We don’t know how much (if any) of the Great Race footage will be used, but it’s sure to be a great show, as it takes a look back at how car culture has changed our lives. Be sure to tune in (or set your DVR’s) for Monday, May 25th at 9pm for a cool show that is sure to reel you in and might even have a glimpse of Great Racing in it! Click HERE for more info on the show!
May 21, 2015
A huge part of the Great Race involves your experience at a different hotel each night. The nature of the Great Race means that racers, support crews and staff move from town to town, and stay in a different one each night. Best Western sponsors the 2015 Great Race and offers excellent overnight accommodations for vacations, business trips or weekend getaways. Visit www.bestwesternracing.com for more information!
May 19, 2015
The route for the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty changes every year, and folks from across the country participate. Some folks haul their own cars, but many Great Racers use Reliable Carriers to transport their vehicle to the start city and back home after the race is complete. A Reliable Carriers truck travels with the Great Race, and there’s plenty of room on board if a racer experiences any type of catastrophic damage to the vehicle. Reliable Carriers is a continued sponsor of the Great Race, and serve as the Official Transport Company. Check them out at www.reliablecarriers.com!
May 18, 2015
New Yorkers dominated the Northeast Rally Club event in Millville, New Jersey, last weekend in preparation for the Great Race this summer. Howard and Doug Sharp, of Fairport, New York, and winners of the 2011 Great Race, finished first in their 1916 Hudson. They were followed closely by Scott and John Hudson of Baldwinsville, New York, in their 1940 Chevrolet. Third place was Louise and Jim Feeney of Endicott, New York, in their 1936 Ford Police Car. Fourth was Ed and Steven Tourje of Uniondale, Pennsylvania, in their 1939 Ford and fifth was George Sweezey and Andrew LeBier of Mansfield, Massachusetts, in their 1939 LaSalle. All five teams are registered and will participate in the Great Race from Kirkwood, Missouri, to Santa Monica, California, June 20-28. This year’s Great Race is packed with heavy hitters–the competition will be close!
May 17, 2015
Coker Tire Company is a special place. It was founded in 1958 as a regular tire shop and service center, but as the years went on, Harold Coker branched out and began sourcing discontinued molds for desirable “vintage” tires. He passed the antique division of his company to his son Corky, who took the ball and ran with it. Fast forward a few decades and Coker Tire is the world’s largest supplier of tires and wheels for collector vehicles. Corky raced in the Great Race many times throughout the ’90s and 2000’s, and eventually bought the Great Race, adding it to his stable of automotive-related companies, known as the Coker Group. With a revived spirit and plenty of help from the Coker Tire staff, the Great Race has grown tremendously in the past five years. Coker Tire continues to serve as a sponsor of the event, and Corky serves as the Ringleader of this traveling circus!
May 15, 2015
Without question, Hagerty is the front runner in the collector car insurance world, and it’s because of a dedicated staff that takes care of their customers. We’re glad to have Hagerty on board as the Presenting Sponsor of the Great Race again this year, and we hope it’s a relationship that lasts for many years. Hagerty not only sponsors the race, but has multiple entries in the race this year. Jonathan Klinger and Davin Reckow return in the amazing 1917 Peerless racer to compete in the Sportsman class, while Hannah and Karl Mikula will campaign a ’64-1/2 Ford Mustang in the Rookie division. To find out more about how Hagerty can protect your collector car, visit www.hagerty.com!
May 12, 2015
Hemmings Motor News has been “The Bible of the Collector Car Hobby since 1954″ and returns as the title sponsor for 2015. The involvement of Hemmings is huge, not just from a monetary standpoint, but from endless support from Jim Menneto and the whole crew at Hemmings. Jim is enthusiastic about rallying, and enjoys the Great Race, as well as other rally events every year. We’re glad to have him back in his ’32 Ford speedster, and we’re glad to have them back on board as the title sponsor for 2015. Hemmings offers four awesome monthly magazines, including Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, Hemmings Classic Car and of course, the staple, Hemmings Motor News. If you don’t subscribe to at least one of these, you are missing out on great content and helpful information for your project car! Go to www.hemmings.com and find out how you can get a free trial of Hemmings!
May 8, 2015
The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is a little over a month away. It takes a lot of preparation to get a vintage car ready for such an intense road trip, so we’ve created a car safety check list for our rookies. Veteran Great Racers can also use it, but this check list is very beneficial for folks who have not experienced the Great Race in the past. Click HERE to view the PDF!
May 8, 2015
We love extraordinary Great Race vehicles, and this 1953 Dodge wrecker is a cool one! It is being campaigned by the Alfred State College X-Cup team, and they are working hard to prepare the truck for a big road trip on Route 66. Funding for automotive programs is always limited, so the folks involved in this race team have set up a GoFundMe page, which makes it easy to donate to their Great Race program. As of this morning, they’ve raised about $3,600 with a goal of $5,300. Do what you can to help this team reach their goal, and be sure to check out the big Power Wagon! Hemmings Motor News, title sponsor of the Great Race, posted an article about the team earlier this week. Click HERE to see the Hemmings article.