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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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The Great Race makes it a point to rally drivers through some of the most interesting and challenging terrain our vast country has to offer and this year is no different. For 2014 the eastern seaboard plays host to thousands of miles of mountains, countryside, marshlands and coastal seascapes. Race Director Jeff Stumb is on the road this week and next sorting out some of the last details that make it possible to rally a hundred cars in and out of so many small towns along the route. One thing is certain, if you’re racing this year or aspire to, […]

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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 […]

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Editor’s Note: Jerry Schmidt participated in the 2013 Great Race in his 1968 Toronado with sons Joe and Sam, and Jerry wrote about their experience in the Toronado Owners Association magazine “Front Wheel Driver.” Below is the article. I have been a lover of Oldsmobiles my entire driving life. At the age of 16, my second car, and first one that actually ran, was a then 23 year old emerald green 1953 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight 4 door Sedan. We found it 30 miles from our home in Northern Michigan, and we purchased it for $300.00. I repaired it, painted it, […]

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The Great Race was well represented at the Chickasha, Oklahoma Pre-War Swap meet last week as thousands gathered from around the world to buy and sell automobile cars and parts built prior to World War II. Howard Sharp of Fairport, N.Y., bought a 1950s Cushman scooter, and Chad Caldwell of Newnan, Ga., bought spare tire supports for his new Auburn boattail speedster he is trying to get finished for the 2014 Great Race. They both spent time looking through junk yards and at farm equipment while out in Oklahoma as well. And we saw Kirk and Rita Hill from Mississippi. […]

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If you have been to a Coker Tire Challenge or the 2011 Great Race, when it started in Chattanooga, then maybe you recognize this car. It is a 1912 Nyberg owned by Coker founder, Harold Coker. This car is currently in the showroom of Coker Tire’s headquarters and the offices of the Great Race. Pictured are Great Racer John Coker, and Great Race owner Corky Coker. The short guy, Hardy “Pop” Coker was tall in the eyes of his two grandsons pictured here.

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For those of you watching closely to Wednesday night’s episode of Backroad Gold, you may have seen Greg Cunningham’s 1928 Ford Model A boattail speedster in the background with its #1 decal still displayed from the 2006 Great Race. Greg is the star, along with Corky Coker, of the new hit TV show on the Travel Channel. Each episode finds Greg and Corky searching for Barn Finds all across the United States. At the end of each show, they bring the cars they bought back home to Honest Charley in Chattanooga and Hal “Fireball” Everett fixes the up. Wednesday night, […]

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