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 […]
Winter is almost over (at least in Chattanooga) and it will be rally time very soon. The annual VCRA All Stars for Autism Rally in Springfield, Missouri, kicks things off April 23-27. It is always a fun event and a great way to get your car out of storage and on the road again and ready for the rally season. Rex Gardner, who heads up VCRA, expects another big field of racers in the Show Me State. Entries are still being accepted, and you can contact Rex at 918-801-2406 or go to his website at www.vintagecarrally.com. Through the years VCRA […]
It’s hard to believe, but it has been five months since the Great Race finished in Mobile, Alabama. In another month, it will be Christmas and we will be less than six months from the start of the 2014 Great Race in Maine. Thinking back to the 2013 event made us want to share the banquet highlight video with everyone. Watch below to see the six-minute video put together by videographer Jason White. And if that video leave you wanting more, check out the shortened version of the ‘Smile” video Jason put together earlier this year. Anyone who has been […]
Tony DiValentin is part of the four-man winning X-Cup team from McPherson College this year. Every day, as they pulled through the gate in their 1957 Ford, Corky would make a wise crack, saying there aren’t any barbers in McPherson, Kansas because of Tony’s long hair and beard. The running joke must’ve really hit home with Tony, as he chopped off his hair and shaved! Hope to see you in the Great Race again next year, Tony!
Editor’s Note: I just got this note from Alan and Mary Travis saying they will not be able to participate in the 2013 Great Race, but I thought everyone would enjoy seeing what interesting things they have been up to the last few months. –Jeff Stumb Good morning Jeff, Mary and I just returned from more than a month of touring Tasmania and lower Australia in our 1906 Darracq Roadster. We have to meet the shipping container ship in Oakland next week to return to our collection. We have been having too much fun with our old cars and not […]
Back in December, I got a call from two 21-year olds from Minnesota who wanted to participate in the Great Race in a 1959 MGA. It warms your heart when you hear of two guys that age who are into old cars and want to have the ultimate car-guy experience by competing in the Great Race. So I was really looking forward to meeting this pair of outstanding individuals – driver Alex Ethier and navigator Henry Mackaman, who are both from our start city of St. Paul. However, last weekend Alex’s mother Sara informed me of the untimely death of […]