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Note: This is the fourth of a nine-part series of Great Race Director Jeff Stumb’s thoughts on each day on the 2015 Great Race route after returning from setting up the stops for next year’s event. The fourth day of the Great Race will start in Amarillo, Texas, with a drive by of the world-famous Cadillac Ranch, and as the day goes on the participants will see more and more of what Route 66 is famous for. The lunch stop in Tucumcari, N.M., will be filled with iconic structures, including the Blue Swallow Motel and the Buckaroo Motel, just to […]

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Note: This is the third of a nine-part series of Great Race Director Jeff Stumb’s thoughts on each day on the 2015 Great Race route after returning from setting up the stops for next year’s event. For the third day in a row, the 2015 Great Race competitors will have a dramatic scenery change, this time for the green pastureland of eastern Oklahoma to the rougher, more arid climate of west Texas. But this day features some of the most iconic sights of the entire trip, including the world-famous Cadillac Ranch. But first, the lunch stop will be in Elk […]

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Note: This is the second of a nine-part series of Great Race Director Jeff Stumb’s thoughts on each day on the 2015 Great Race route after returning from setting up the stops for next year’s event. Once racers leave Springfield, Mo., early on Sunday morning, June 21, on the 2015 Great Race, the terrain will begin to change. The slow rolling and wooded hills of Missouri will turn to flat and wide open pastureland. Before starting competition that Sunday morning, our friends at Joplin 44 Truck Stop will fill every Great Racers gas tank for free, just as they did […]

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Note: This is the first of a nine-part series of Great Race Director Jeff Stumb’s thoughts on each day on the 2015 Great Race route after returning from setting up the stops for next year’s event. Route 66 is an iconic part of this country and the automobile. They just go together like Mom and apple pie. Once we announced that the 2015 Great Race would have a Route 66 theme, the response was overwhelming. And it has continued through to today. A few weeks ago, I visited more than 20 cities along Route 66 and met dozens and dozens […]

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Great Racer Jody Knowles and his wife, Kali, had their first child Jarrett Edward Knowles on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The baby was born at 3:05 p.m. He weighs 8.7 pounds and is 21 inches long. Jody and navigator Beth Gentry finished third overall in the 2014 Great Race in their 1932 Ford Cabriolet. Kali has been a member of the Great Race souvenir staff for the last three years. Young Jarrett Edward Knowles is a fourth generation Great Race family member, which started with the late Joe Knowles back in the 1990s. Jody and Beth are entered into next week’s […]

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The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will travel historic Route 66 for its 2015 event, organizers have announced. The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, will start in Kirkwood, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis and finish at the Santa Monica Pier in California. With a purse of $150,000, the event will feature 100 of the world’s finest vehicles from 1915 through 1972. Along the 2,400-mile route, competitors will travel parts of The Mother Road in all eight states it originally ran through – Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The […]

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Great Racer Craig Rubright of Clearwater, Florida, is taking in a different form of racing while visiting Monza, Italy, this week. Rubright, who finished second in the Rookie Division in the 2014 Great Race with navigator Garrett Jenkins of Birmingham, Alabama, attended the Italian Grand Prix and made a lot of new friends as you can see in the photo. Rubright will be competing in the 2015 Route 66 Great Race from Missouri to California in June, and he will also be competing in the three-day Coker Tire Challenge regional event next weekend in Chattanooga. There is still time to […]

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We hope everyone reading this are already subscribers to Hemmings Motor News. It’s the best car magazine out there, and we’re very excited to tell you guys that the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is featured on the cover of the October 2014 issue. Inside, there is a beautiful six-page article with great, in depth coverage of the event. Also featured in the issue is an advertisement for the 2015 Great Race, which will travel historic Route 66! Check it out! Be sure to go to the newsstand and pick up the October 2014 issue of Hemmings […]

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My 1916 Hudson Super Six engine, which threw a rod on the 2005 Great Race at the base of Mt. Rainer in Washington state, came back to life this week when the boys at Honest Charley Garage finished rebuilding it. The engine is back in the car now and later this week it should be on the road again for the first time in nine years. The car is the only 1916 Hudson Cabriolet left in the world. It’s hard to believe it has been that long. It was Championship Run – the 14th day on the race from Washington, […]

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Looking for a turnkey car for the 2015 Great Race along Route 66? Well, Howard Sharp has one for you. The 2011 Grand Champion is selling his 1932 Ford Dirt Track Racer that has competed in more than a dozen Great Races since it was built in the 1980s specifically for the event. The car has been raced by a number of competitors through the years, including Howard and his son Doug, and Ty Holmquist and his wife Pam. Most recently it was campaigned in the 2013 Great Race by Sam Damico and his son and it never had a […]

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