It is with great sadness that we announce Great Race legend Gab Joiner passed away today after a brief illness in his home state of New Mexico. Gab and his wife Evonna were fixtures on the event for more than 20 years. He enjoyed bringing new cars to the Great Race, and the number of different cars he drove in the event was in double digits. Gab and Evonna won the Sportsman Division back in 1995 and they still own the Buick the won for accomplishing that feat. They are best remembered for their 1917 Marmon, which they raced several […]
Before loading their cars on a cargo ship in Japan for the 2015 Great Race, two Japanese teams took a great photo in front of Mt. Fuji near Tokyo. The blue car on the right is a 1970 Datsun KP510, which will be driven by Ricky Chiba and navigated by Eji Chiba. The red car on the left is a 1968 Datsun SR311, which will be driven by Kuniaki Shimizu and navigated by Hitoshi Dobashi. Both cars are right hand drive and will arrive in Long Beach, California in the next week for transport to Kirkwood, Missouri for the start […]
The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is packed with lots of enthusiastic racers, some of which are also sponsors of the event. One such case is the group from Stahls, which is an international group of companies that offers heat-applied products and services for customizing apparel and other substrates. Owner, Ted Stahl, is a full blown car guy, and has an incredible collection of vintage cars, so he was naturally drawn to the Great Race. Now, his family is getting involved, and the Stahl’s have four entrees in the Great Race this year–a 1934 Ford Phaeton, a […]
Eckler’s is a name that is well known in the classic car world, especially if you’re a Corvette enthusiasts or classic Chevy enthusiast. However, Eckler’s Family of Auto Parts has grown into a tremendous variety of companies that serves millions of customers around the world. The companies offer restoration components for many types of automobiles, from Model A’s to Porsches and just about everything in between. Eckler’s Family of Auto Parts is a returning sponsor for the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, and stepped up to the plate as the Ace Award Sponsor for the second […]
All eight cars coming to the Great Race from Japan arrived at the port at Yokohama Tuesday morning and were loaded on a cargo ship bound for Long Beach, California. They are expected to arrive in Long Beach on June 4 and be picked up later that week by Reliable Carriers for the journey to Kirkwood, Missouri. They will be stored there by Great Race friend Scott Brandt at his MotoeXotica classic car dealership. That is also where the Great Race technical inspections will be done on Thursday, June 18. The Japanese cars, ranging from an ultra-rare and exotic GT […]
While we are all gearing up for the 2015 Great Race in a few weeks, there was another race of some magnitude run Memorial Day weekend — the Indianapolis 500. Although there are not many comparisons between the Great Race and the Indy 500 (other than the first two Great Races finished at the track in 1983 and 1984 and racers have been lucky enough to do laps around the famed Brickyard as recently as 2003) there was a connection Sunday night at the winner’s banquet. Rich McKone, a 20-plus year veteran of the Great Race, and his wife Cyndy, […]
Champion Brands is a company based out of Clinton, Missouri and its focus is high tech lubricants for collector vehicles. Champion Brands produces and blends more than 300 products, including fuel, oil and engine additives. Champion oils feature a synthetic blend that features all of the necessary additives to ensure long engine life in a high performance car. Champion Brands features a 450,000 square foot facility that accommodates more than one million gallons of bulk storage. Champion is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Great Race!
Vicari Auction Company, owned by Pete Vicari of Harvey, Louisiana is a successful collector car auction business that draws hundreds of cars, and thousands of spectators and bidders to each event. With events all over the South, hundreds of cars crossed the auction block last year, and many more will do so in 2015. Pete Vicari is a Great Race enthusiast, so he is joining us for the historic Route 66 route in an extremely elegant 1937 Bugatti Atlantic tribute. Vicari Auctions is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Great Race, so check out www.vicariauction.com for upcoming events, and TV […]
Three Great Race X-Cup teams – McPherson College of Kansas, Alfred State College of New York and a high school team from Ponca City, Oklahoma, has been awarded the first-ever X-Cup grants from the Antique Automobile Club of America. Each team will be presented with a $1,000 check at the start of the 2015 Great Race in Kirkwood, Missouri, next month.
The 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is packed with 120 classic cars and trucks. In order to stay on schedule, we’re going to have to work as a team. That’s why we devised the registration and tech inspection schedule last year. It worked very well, and we’re utilizing it again this year. Please click HERE for the schedule!