The first Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty rally car has arrived in Kirkwood, Missouri at the Holiday Inn for the 2015 event. It is Buddy Green’s 1962 Corvair Spyder turbocharged car. Pat and Pat Brothers arrived a little later and are already delighting the residents of Kirkwood with their 1931 Buick speedster as they motor around town. The eight Japanese cars have arrived in Missouri after getting hung up in customs for a few weeks, but they are still in storage at MotoXotica just outside of town. More than 100 teams will continue to flow into Kirkwood […]
Cities from Missouri to California are getting ready for the 2015 Great Race, including Kirkwood, Missouri, the Route 66 city which will hold the start of the event June 20. Downtown Kirkwood stores, like the one pictured above which has decorated its windows with a Route 66 map and vintage luggage, are going all out to welcome Great Racers from around the world. Most racers will arrive by Wednesday, June 17, but some will start rolling into town as early as Sunday.
Al Unser Sr., the four-time Indianapolis 500 champion, will be at the Wednesday, June 24, Great Race stop in Albuquerque at the Unser Racing Museum to greet the participants and spectators. The Great Race will make a lunch stop at the museum on the fifth day of the nine-day, 2,400-mile event from Kirkwood, Missouri to Santa Monica, California. The first car is scheduled to arrive at 11:45 a.m. and a new car will arrive every minute for almost two hours. The racers will have lunch at the museum before making their way onto Gallup.
Most of the time, when we mention a “long time” Great Racer, we’re talking about an older person who has been competing in the Great Race for years. In this case, Olivia Gentry (green shirt, center of photo) is a 14-year veteran of the Great Race and she’s only 14 years old. And while she hasn’t actually “raced” in the Great Race, she has been a part of it since 2001, traveling with her mom, Beth. She’s now part of our souvenir sales staff, and she wrote a great story about her family’s history with the Great Race. We wanted […]
It is with great sadness that we announce Great Race legend Gab Joiner passed away today after a brief illness in his home state of New Mexico. Gab and his wife Evonna were fixtures on the event for more than 20 years. He enjoyed bringing new cars to the Great Race, and the number of different cars he drove in the event was in double digits. Gab and Evonna won the Sportsman Division back in 1995 and they still own the Buick the won for accomplishing that feat. They are best remembered for their 1917 Marmon, which they raced several […]
All eight cars coming to the Great Race from Japan arrived at the port at Yokohama Tuesday morning and were loaded on a cargo ship bound for Long Beach, California. They are expected to arrive in Long Beach on June 4 and be picked up later that week by Reliable Carriers for the journey to Kirkwood, Missouri. They will be stored there by Great Race friend Scott Brandt at his MotoeXotica classic car dealership. That is also where the Great Race technical inspections will be done on Thursday, June 18. The Japanese cars, ranging from an ultra-rare and exotic GT […]
While we are all gearing up for the 2015 Great Race in a few weeks, there was another race of some magnitude run Memorial Day weekend — the Indianapolis 500. Although there are not many comparisons between the Great Race and the Indy 500 (other than the first two Great Races finished at the track in 1983 and 1984 and racers have been lucky enough to do laps around the famed Brickyard as recently as 2003) there was a connection Sunday night at the winner’s banquet. Rich McKone, a 20-plus year veteran of the Great Race, and his wife Cyndy, […]
Three Great Race X-Cup teams – McPherson College of Kansas, Alfred State College of New York and a high school team from Ponca City, Oklahoma, has been awarded the first-ever X-Cup grants from the Antique Automobile Club of America. Each team will be presented with a $1,000 check at the start of the 2015 Great Race in Kirkwood, Missouri, next month.
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!
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, […]