The best thing about the 2014 Great Race route from Maine to Florida this summer is the dramatic change in scenery — the most diverse on the event since 2007. After the rocky shores of Maine, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Hudson River of New York and the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, the race hits the Eastern Shore of Maryland. On the way to Norfolk, Virginia, for the fourth overnight stop on the race, we visited Bob Bryan in Millsboro, Delaware, to check on the status of the stop there. Bob is a longtime Great Racer and the mayor […]
Each day on my course run with John Classen for the 2014 Great Race we start at 6 a.m. and finish around 9 p.m. We run the entire course and also meet with the people in each city who will host us in June. On this leg of our trip we met with the good people in Bennington, Vermont, including Jim Memento at Hemmings Motor News. Bennington, of course, is home to our title sponsor and was the finish of the 2011 Great Race and they are again planning a fabulous stop. Later in the day we pulled into Poughkeepsie, […]
The first overnight stop on the 2014 Great Race is Lowell, Massachusetts, and the folks there are planning a huge event. On the way to Lowell from Maine we still saw tons of snow, especially in the wooded areas. On lake we passed was still completely frozen. After crossing through New Hampshire and into Massachusetts the piles of snow got smaller. And in Lowell the plans for the Great Race got bigger, starting with a press conference downtown with Mayor Elliott. Middle Street downtown will be the venue, and the historic part of town is complete with Cobblestone streets. And […]
I just got to Maine for my last in person trip to each city before this summer’s Great Race. Almost all of the snow is gone and the locals have come out of their long hibernation. Everyone I meet here says it was the most brutal winter they can remember, but they are now looking forward to the start of the Great Race. Ogunquit will be the smallest city to ever host the start of the Great Race so everyone in town is pitching in. The photo above is the Beachmere, and the opening banquet will be held on the […]
One hundred days. As hard as it is to believe, the start of the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is 100 days away. Seems like just a few days ago Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars and the grand marshal of the 2013 Great Race, was waving the green flag to start the event in St. Paul. And, yes, there are a few spots left for this year’s race, but anyone planning on entering should do so as soon as possible. By now, everyone who has entered should have gotten their hotel reservation email, and […]
There are several cars that are being built for the 2014 Great Race that we have been telling you about, including Chad Caldwell’s 1931 Auburn boattail speedster. You may recall that Chad found the boattail in Montana several months ago, and he has been busy back in Georgia getting it ready for the race. He has the body in primer and the chassis is complete. J.D. Scott at Coker Tire is building a new set of wheels for the car as well. You can see Chad and Jennie’s longtime Great Race car “Awesome Auburn” in the background of the chassis […]
A great friend and Great Race follower, Marcel Gommers contacted us and sent us a link to some photos from the 1995 Great Race, which ran from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to Mexico City, Mexico. It was one of the most grueling Great Races in the history of the event, and Curtis Graf (with Navigator Bruce Gezon) took home the victory in a 1916 Packard. We thought our Great Race family would love to see some of the old photos, so CLICK HERE to check them out!
Spencer Darby, a Great Racer from Wisconsin contacted us earlier this week to let us know his 1929 Ford Station Wagon (Woody) is for sale. It’s a great setup for a Great Racer, as it has successfully completed three Great Races, and Spencer said he’d love to see it complete a few more. He also said that he could list it through Hemmings or Ebay, but wanted to first offer it to a Great Racer! If you’d like more information on this Model A woody, please contact Spencer at 262-334-6004.
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Great Race will send an email to each team’s designated representative with the 2014 hotel reservation invitation link. Once you go to the site, you can select all of your hotels for the entire event at one time. You will be sent a follow up email from our travel agent with all of the confirmation numbers after May 21. Here are a couple of tips to make it go as smooth as possible: · Please read all of the information on the reservation site. This year, we are starting in Ogunquit, Maine, which is a […]
Several Great Racers were seen in Daytona this week and last for the annual Speed Week celebration, including Steven Tourje,Bill Josler, Buddy Green, Bill Green and Humpy Wheeler. And a couple of them – Buddy Green and Humpy Wheeler – were there to participate in the “Historic Racing Legends Beach/Road Course Parade” on the sand where the Daytona Beach race was held until 1958. Buddy took his 1957 Ford “Fireball” Roberts convertible and Humpy took his early ‘30s Ford dirt track racer. They got to drive on the beach and visit with former racing greats who raced on the beach […]