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With tech inspection out of the way, all of the racers are prepared for an awesome weekend of rallying at the Coker Tire Challenge in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We’re ready to rally on this beautiful weekend, and there are lots of great participants geared up for the event. Lots of Great Racers are on hand, but we also have a few rookies, as well as a group of racers from the SCCA on the roster. We’ll post a photo recap and scores when it’s all said and done. Until then, stay tuned to the Coker Tire Facebook page for real time […]

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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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Dennis Barfield first started competing in the Great Race more than 20 years ago. The Charleston, South Carolina, area resident has participated in a number of different cars and in a number of different classes. But in the last 10 years he has become best known for the 1916 Studebaker race car he has competed in. His 1916 Studebaker attracts as much attention as any car that has ever been in the event. The photo above of his car leaving the starting line in Traverse City, Mich., in 2012 has been used by the Great Race for promotion for several […]

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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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