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By Bill Croker

Well the Packard is ready and everything is loaded and we are heading East tomorrow.  We are extending our trip for a family reunion in North Carolina and visits with friends in the East and then on to the big event in Traverse City.  We can’t wait to get started.  What could be more fun than over 5,000 miles towing a trailer and over 2,000 miles in the Great Race and 6 weeks on the road.  We look forward to seeing everybody and meeting all the new teams in Traverse city in just a few weeks.

By Bill Croker

Our expanded Rookie Mentoring Program is underway for this year’s race.  Carolyn and I have volunteered to coordinate this program.  We have over 25 rookies entered in the 2012 race.  We have 21 mentors that have been matched up with the rookie teams.  We still need some additional mentors so that each rookie team will have a mentor.  If you would be willing to be a mentor, please contact us at www.whcroker.com or 530-432-0505. We will be sending information to the rookies and their mentors about car preparation, rally equipment, car calibration, and rally techniques.  These will go along with […]

By Bill Croker

The rookie mentoring program that we began last year will be enhanced for 2012. Our goal is for new participants in this event to have a great experience and join this great sport in future years. This year we intend to assign a veteran team to each rookie team before the race to assist with questions about car preparation, car calibration, how to rally, etc. Mentors will attend the rally school with their rookies and be available for assistance during the race. Bill and Carolyn Croker (1936 Packard #70) will be the coordinators for this program. If you are a […]

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We finished the Great Race yesterday with our best day of the race.  Unfortunately with the overheating and vapor lock problems on the first two days our total score put us in only 35th position overall, out of 60 entries, and 15 in our division.  The GOOD news on Friday was that we placed 8th overall, and FIRST in our division with a score of 16.60 seconds total for the seven legs.  We had raw scores of 1,1,2,3,5,1 and 7 seconds.  With the three one second legs we were close to an ace but did not get one. The day started […]

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For the last two days of the GR that began today, all legs count and none can be removed.  Also it always seems that the course gets more difficult on the last couple of days.  Maybe we are just tired.  We had a good run today with a total score of 25 seconds.  That put us in 21st place for the day and moved us up all the way from 47th to 41 place overall.  If we keep this up for another two or three weeks maybe we could get to 30th place!!!!  The car ran great again today with […]

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This morning we left Hershey, PA, in perfect weather for rallying.  Molly ran great all day without a hiccup.  The navigator did perfect, until after the last timed section.  More about that later.  The driver did a little better and we ended up with a total score for the day of 12.45 seconds.  We placed 16th overall out of the 54 remaining cars and managed to do better than some of the Grand Champion and Expert division cars.  We are in the Sportsman division.  As you may remember from our previous blogs two days ago we averaged about 10 seconds per hour […]

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  Tuesday, JUNE 14, 2011 Today was our best day yet.  We can still do better, but we are making improvements every day.  Yesterday we were consistently late about 10 seconds per hour of actual driving.  Rather than change our driving style or our calibrations for corners and stops which is hard to do, we decided to set the speedometer calibration to reduce the late time to zero.  Well, we overdid it a little and we arrived consistently 4 seconds per hour EARLY!  So tomorrow we will adjust is back slightly and we should get better scores. Today’s scores for […]

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  Tuesday, JUNE 14, 2011 On the GR website (http://www.greatrace.com/) there are some pictures from day 3.  Go to the third page of pictures and you will see Molly Maroon crossing a very narrow wooden bridge.  At the end of the bridge was a lady in a small booth that collected a 50 cent toll with a cup on the end of a stick that she held out from a small shack.  Time for breakfast and the start of another day on the Great Race.  Tonight we will be in Hershey, PA, but probably won’t have time for chocolate!!

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  Monday, JUNE 13, 2011 This morning (Monday) Carolyn said it would be a good day if Molly Maroon got us all the way to dinner under her own power.  Well old Molly did it in fine style.  And a fine dinner it was tonight in Cumberland, MD.  Our scores were not all that good, but they were consistent.  On all 5 legs today we were late by about the same number of seconds per hour of driving.  Our total adjusted score was 44 seconds for the 5 legs.  So tomorrow, instead of changing our driving style to speed up […]

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  Monday, JUNE 13, 2011 Had a mechanical genius  review our problems and he concluded that we are having vapor lock problems.  So we rerouted all of the fuel lines in the engine area and insulated the lines.  We bypassed the mechanical pump and are now using only the electric fuel pump.  Finished this work about midnight Sunday night.  So we will see what today brings. We purchased a extra electric fuel pump and we may install tonight in parallel with the existing electric pump so we have a backup pump. Scores for the first two days are posted at http://www.greatrace.com/. […]

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