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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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Looking for a turnkey car for the 2015 Great Race along Route 66? Well, Howard Sharp has one for you. The 2011 Grand Champion is selling his 1932 Ford Dirt Track Racer that has competed in more than a dozen Great Races since it was built in the 1980s specifically for the event. The car has been raced by a number of competitors through the years, including Howard and his son Doug, and Ty Holmquist and his wife Pam. Most recently it was campaigned in the 2013 Great Race by Sam Damico and his son and it never had a […]

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The 9th annual Coker Tire Challenge is less than two months away, and entries from around the country are pouring in. Entry fees have remained the same again this year for Run For Fun and for Dash For Cash. The Coker Tire Challenge will be held Sept. 18-21 in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee, with the three-day, cloverleaf rally covering three states. The event will begin Thursday, Sept. 18, with registration, tech inspection and rally school followed by a reception in the Coker Tire Museum. The action will begin Friday morning as the rally heads toward Huntsville, Alabama, with competition in Tennessee, […]

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Three-time Great Race Grand Champions Barry and Irene Jason have decided to retire from competition while on top. The Keller, Texas, couple became the first team in the 31-year history of the Great Race to win the event three years in a row when they crossed the finish line in Florida June 29. Now they are going to enjoy a new chapter in their lives that doesn’t involve antique cars or rally competition. “We decided before the race that win, lose or draw it was going to be our final one,” Barry said. They went out in style winning $50,000 […]

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The Great Race has lost two of its most iconic veterans dating back to the founding of the event in 1983. Grand Champion Dave Teter, a veteran of more than 20 Great Races, and Chic Kleptz, an innovator who regularly campaigned in a Marmon automobile, both passed away in the last week. Teter, who won the 1986 race from Disneyland to New York City, last participated in 2012 with Dr. Rich McKone. Teter lived in Newark, Del., and had planned to visit the racers at the stop a few weeks ago in Valley Forge until his health took a turn […]

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Great Race officials have announced that there will be no price increase for Private entries for the 2015 Route 66 event. The Private entry fee will remain $5,000, and a $500 discount is available for those who pay a $2,000 deposit by Sept. 30 and the balance of $2,500 by Dec. 31. The Business/Corporate entry fee will increase $500 to $7,000 for 2015. The Business/Corporate entry fee is also eligible for a $500 discount for those who pay a $2,000 deposit by Sept. 30 and the balance of $4,500 by Dec. 31. The Great Race will start in the St. […]

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With the successful 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty less than two weeks behind us, we are already turning our attention to the 2015 route. The Great Race next year will have a Route 66 theme and start in the St. Louis area on Saturday, June 20, and will finish in Southern California on Sunday, June 28. The Trophy Run on Friday will head east into Illinois so that the Great Race will travel on parts of Route 66 in all eight states where the Mother Road once ruled. From Missouri westward we will visit Kansas, Oklahoma, […]

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If you know legendary NASCAR promoter, Humpy Wheeler, then you know that just getting “a word” from him is not an option. This man has stories that reach WAY back into the heyday of NASCAR, and he’s been around racing all his life. It was truly a pleasure to have Mr. Humpy Wheeler participate in the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty this year. After returning from the event, he sent his overview of the event…keep reading to check it out! After having promoted more than 5000 events in my life ranging from 600 mile NASCAR Cup […]

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