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The 2015 Coker Tire Challenge is shaping up to be the best ever as the event celebrates its 10th annual rally Sept. 17-20 in Chattanooga. Already, more than 40 teams have registered, including the top two teams from the 2015 Great Race – Howard and Doug Sharp from New York in their 1916 Hudson and Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles from Georgia in their 1932 Ford. For two and a half days, competitors will rally throughout the beautiful Tennessee and Georgia countryside. And it’s not too late to enter. You can do so by clicking this link and submitting the […]

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And even better than that, the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is featured in an awesome 10-page article that covers all the highlights of our epic journey from Kirkwood, Missouri to Santa Monica, California, along historic Route 66. Jim Menneto and his crew at Hemmings did an outstanding job with the coverage, and you should be receiving your copy of the October 2015 issue of Hemmings Motor News soon. We’re assuming that you already subscribe to the world’s largest collector car marketplace…but in case you don’t, click here to get more information. In the mean time, go […]

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Longtime Great Racer Rex Gardner has announced the dates of VCRA’s 2016 “All Stars for Autism” rally in Springfield, Missouri. The dates are May 5-8, 2016, and the host hotel will be the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. Last year’s “All Stars for Autism” was won by Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles in their 1932 Ford Cabriolet. Many use this annual event, which takes place about six weeks before the start of the Great Race, as a tune up for the cross-country event.

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John Reinan, support crew member for the Wandering Troubadours of Finland team in their 1932 Auburn (car #30), has written a wonderful article for the Star-Tribune newspaper in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, about the 2015 Great Race along Route 66. The WTF team has competed in the last three Great Races, and each year they seem to have more and more fun. To read John’s account of the race, click this link: http://m.startribune.com/variety/321818521.html?section=variety

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One car from last year’s Coker Tire Challenge rally in Chattanooga will be missing from this year’s event – but they have a good reason. Mark and Lance Feighner, from Texas and Indiana respectively, participated in the 2014 Coker Tire Challenge in their 1938 Cadillac LaSalle, but they will miss the Sept. 17-20 event next month. They will be in Dallas at the Mecum Auction with a 1957 Meskowski A.J. Foyt USAC Champ Car. They are auctioning it off and all of the sellers’ proceeds are going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Here is a link to the listing […]

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The rally season will draw to a close in the next couple of months with the Coker Tire Challenge September 18-20 in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Pumpkin Run October 16-18 in Millsboro, Delaware. Those two annual rallies are very familiar to racers, most of whom have already signed up. But here’s a new event that is just been announced for the spring of 2016 in Fairport, New York, and will be hosted by Howard and Doug Sharp. Here’s the complete announcement from the Sharps about the event: The Northeast Rally Club is proud to announce that their annual spring rally […]

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by Dick Russ Editor’s note: Every year during the Great Race we see and hear stories of those who go the extra mile to keep their car in the event. In 2014, it was Jeff Fredette changing a transmission after Day 3 to try and hold on to his overall lead; in 2015, it was Pat and Patrick King trying to keep their Cadillac on the road. Well, here’s a story of Dick Russ from Oklahoma City and what he and his team went through trying to make the Great Race start. Unfortunately, it did not have a happy ending, […]

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G.R. Pike and Bobby Hadskey, the 2004 Great Race winners, have entered the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty after a two-year absence. They are scheduled to participate in G.R.’s right hand drive 1916 Hudson Indy race car, which they won the event in 12 years ago in Monterey, California. Pike, the driver, is from Searcy, Arkansas, and Hadskey, the navigator, is from Germantown, Tennessee. The 2016 Great Race will start on Saturday, June 18, in San Rafael, California. That city, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, was the finish line in 2006 when […]

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The 2015 Great Race Grand Champions, Howard and Doug Sharp, were honored in their hometown of Fairport, New York last week by having the day named for them. Representatives from the Village of Fairport and the Town of Perinton were on hand. Dozens of family, friends and Great Racers turned out to congratulate them on their victory in the race from Kirkwood, Missouri to Santa Monica, California.

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That’s right, we have nearly filled the 120-car field for the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagety, which travels from San Rafael, California to Moline, Illinois via the Lincoln Highway. There are only a few spots left, so if you want to partake in the road trip of a lifetime, don’t delay…the spots are limited and we’ll be sold out soon. Our route is Lincoln Highway themed, with visits to the Bonneville Salt Flats, Mount Rushmore and much more! If you’re interested in signing up, please click HERE for info, or you can call the hotline, 1-800-989-7223 […]

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