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, […]
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 […]
Our fleet trucks are still on the way up to Maine, but Great Race Director, Jeff Stumb is already on hand. Cars are beginning to filter in, and our whole crew of staffers should be arriving in Ogunquit, Maine tomorrow afternoon. Thursday is tech inspection, Friday is the Hagerty Trophy Run and Saturday starts the greatest car guy adventure you can do every year! The weather is beautiful and we’re ready to show Maine what the Great Race is all about. Stay tuned for lots of updates in the coming weeks, as our journey begins.
We got a photo from the McPherson College X-Cup team with a bunch of smiling faces and a beautiful ’57 Ford. McPherson College is a big supporter of the Great Race, and we’re glad to have them back on board with an X-Cup team. Tony di Valentin joined us last year and will be returning this year. Other members of the team are Austin Hiebert, Jacob O’Gorman and Justin Smeltzer. We’re looking forward to seeing these young men duke it out with the other X-Cup teams. See you guys in Maine!
Jack Miller, friend of the Great Race and host of the 2012 lunch stop in Ypsilanti at his Automotive Heritage Museum in Depot Town, has fittingly agreed to have the museum serve as the home to the National Hudson Motor Car Museum, the nation’s first institution devoted entirely to the Hudson brand. Miller Motors has been in the building continuously since 1932 when his father sold new cars, including Hudsons. Known to many as Mr. Hudson, Jack has kept the doors open to the complex even though Hudson went out of business in 1957. Please click the link below to […]
The annual Penn-York Rally in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania, had a Great Race flavor, with current and former participants finishing well. Many northeastern teams used the occasion to get ready for the Great Race in June, and New Yorkers Rick McIntosh and Keith Wallace edged out Dana and Doug Sharp by six-tenths of a second. That’s right, just .6 seconds separated first and second place. McIntosh and Wallace, both former Great Racers, won in the 1930 Ford speedster with a second of 34.4 seconds. The Sharps, also from New York, were in their 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber and had a […]
We are finally home after an almost two-week trip from Maine to Florida on my last visit to all of the cities before the Great Race this summer. Director of Competition John Classen will be making one final run (his third in all) at the end of May. Our trip started in Maine with still frozen lakes and cold temperatures and ended in Florida with bright sun and warm weather. It promises to be one of the best routes ever on the Great Race in terms of scenery, and the stops are going to be packed full of people with […]
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 […]