We’re dangerously close to starting our 9-day journey that we call the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. This year, we have an incredible route, and our participants saw a small portion of what’s in store during today’s activities. The Hagerty Trophy Run is a short rally designed by our Rally Master, John Classen, who is nothing short of a genius when it comes to setting up these routes and giving us the absolute best scenery in North America. Today started with more registration, tech inspection and decals, but it was much calmer than yesterday’s mad dash to get everyone set up and ready. The real fun would come at 11am, as we set out on the Trophy Run, which would send us to a small town known as Empire.
Although small in size, Empire is an amazing destination with one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen. We had absolutely perfect weather, which made for very blue skies and the most pure blue water you can imagine. If this warm-up rally is any clue as to what our route will include, get ready to be blown away! Once again, the folks at Hagerty went out of their way to accommodate the Great Race, by sponsoring the lunch festivities in Empire.
By 4 o’clock most of the participants had arrived back in Traverse City to receive their scores and get ready for dinner. And by the time all that was over, it was time for the big meeting, which included staff, drivers, support teams and anyone involved with the event. It gave us a chance to thank our sponsors, answer any questions, and reward the Trophy Run winners! Amazingly, the top score of the day was a 1-second score, meaning the team was only one second off the desired time. That team was David Reeder and Sawyer Stone, who are racing in the Grand Championship division! By scoring three aces, and a one-second leg, the team wheeled their ’32 Ford coupe to a very solid start to the 2012 Great Race! Look out for Reeder & Stone…they’re on a mission! Despite lots of great rallying action, the REAL start to this event happens tomorrow in downtown Traverse City, Michigan! We’ll be up bright and early to prepare for the send off from this wonderful town, as Governor Rick Snyder waves the green flag! See ya then!