I have been sharing some of the items we have found in the Great Race archives, and the one featured here is another original watercolor by F.L. Henley of Dallas. This one is my favorite because it is from the 1992 Great American Race from Charleston to Costa Mesa, California. That was the first race I was personally involved in. I hosted a stop in Brewton, Alabama, where I was publisher of the local newspaper.
Another reason I enjoy this watercolor is the big, yellow 1916 Buick speedster in the top left hand corner. That is the Buick of Jim Neeley, known as the “Chicken Man” in the early days of the Great Race. Jim was the owner of a fast food chicken chain in Texas, and he liked bringing unusual cars to the event each year. He brought a Stutz Bearcat one year that was awesome. But he was also known for having bad luck. Most of the time, he failed to finish the race.
If you notice in the bottom right hand corner you will see Tom McRae standing behind the 1992 Buick, which was the Official Pace Car of the 10th Anniversary Great American Race.