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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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If you want to see fellow Great Racer Jody Knowles racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, tonight, August 20th is the night! Tune into Fox Sports 1 at 4:40pm Eastern time for Qualifying, and then 8:30pm for the race! Jody will be in the number 80 Ford truck, sponsored by Clayton Signs, Inc. Jody will be doing battle on the 1/2-mile oval…one of the wildest races of the year!

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Mary Bitterman joined the Great Race family in 2011, as a navigator with her husband Michael in their beautiful 1966 Dodge Charger. Since then, the couple have competed in several other vintage car rally events, including additional Great Race events, and have made lots of friends along the way. Unfortunately, Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing her to fight a battle that no one wants to fight. Despite her condition, she paid us a visit during the early days of this year’s Great Race. We’re so thankful for the Bitterman’s and their passion for the Great Race. Mary passed […]

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So much hard work goes into an event of this size. There are dozens, if not hundreds of people who grab each task and see them to completion bringing all the pieces of this wonderfully complex traveling circus to the masses along thousands of miles of American back roads. It really is a huge effort by so many dedicated people to make the Great Race happen each year. It gets lost in the mix sometimes, just how much that passion trickles all the way down to the racers and their hometown fans. These teams spend incredible amounts of time, money […]

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The Great Race asked for your responses in a survey after the 2014 event, and we tallied the results and have heard you loud and clear. Many of the 110 responses were as expected. There were several other items that were areas we didn’t know needed attention. But now we do, and we appreciate you letting us know. The item that garnered the most responses was food – especially lunches. This was something we already knew needed work and we are committed to making sure the quality and variety of food improves. The addition of Jennifer Ringenberg to the staff […]

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Great Racers know Jody Knowles as quiet but hard charging driver of the #66 red 1932 Ford Cabriolet. He and his navigator, Beth Gentry, have finished in the top three in three of the last four Great Races. They have also dominated the Coker Tire Challenge in recent years as well by winning twice in the last few years. But Jody has been doing some different kind of racing lately. He competed in the NASCAR Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio last week. Yes, that NASCAR Truck Series against the likes of Ron Hornaday, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, […]

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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, […]

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty as excitement continues to build for the epic Route 66 themed event. During the month of July, 51 requests were submitted from potential rookies, and they were all sent registration forms and a flyer Monday. There has been more demand for information for the 2015 than any Great Race in history. The route is a big reason. Route 66 holds a special place in the hearts of most Americans. It is an iconic part of the history of the automobile and this country, and everyone […]

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By Neal Patton Another Great Race is in the books… 108 antique and vintage cars… 2,100 plus miles (if you do not count getting lost or temporarily disoriented like Cheryl and I did)… 20 cities and 13 states… nine days… Maine to Florida. The event was started in the early ‘80s by Tom McRae as a way to feed their old car habit and have a little fun. With their drive, dedication and countless volunteers the now annual event has grown into the premier antique and vintage car endurance rally in the world. The race is now under the superb […]

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