Anyone that has ever participated in even one Great Race knows the legend of Curtis Graf. I call Curtis my friend, but I don’t think there has ever been a person he has met that didn’t consider him their friend as well; Curtis is just that kind of guy that loves everyone and everyone loves him.
Curtis is the only person to have competed in every Great Race since the first event in 1983, including winning the famous Ottawa to Mexico City race in 1995. I can’t imagine the tens of thousands of miles he has logged participating in the Great Race, most in his trusty 1916 Packard Twin Six roadster. Curtis told me once that his Packard was a 100-point car that won several national awards before he started racing it. “Now look at it,” he said. I think it still looks fantastic and is an icon of the event.
Curtis was getting ready for another Great Race with navigator Ty Holmquist, but took some time this winter to take his grandson skiing. But word has come from Curtis’ wife Faye that he has broken his ankle while skiing and has had to have some major surgery. Faye says Curtis is doing good and will make the start in Traverse City, Michigan, on June 23, but that it is a little crazy around the Graf household as you can imagine.
Get well Curtis! We can’t imagine the Great Race without you.