The annual Penn-York Rally in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania, had a Great Race flavor, with current and former participants finishing well. Many northeastern teams used the occasion to get ready for the Great Race in June, and New Yorkers Rick McIntosh and Keith Wallace edged out Dana and Doug Sharp by six-tenths of a second. That’s right, just .6 seconds separated first and second place.
McIntosh and Wallace, both former Great Racers, won in the 1930 Ford speedster with a second of 34.4 seconds. The Sharps, also from New York, were in their 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber and had a score of 34.98. Regular driver Howard Sharp was with his wife, Jan, in Alaska. Doug and Dana were the winners of the Pumpkin Run in Millsboro, Delaware, back in October.
Third place went to up-and-coming team of Larry Tribble and Rock Rookey from Connecticut in their 1940 Ford coupe. This summer will be their fourth straight Great Race and it looks like they have found the right car after trying three different ones in the first three years.
Veteran Great Racers Ed and Steven Tourje were fourth in their 1939 Ford coupe, followed by fellow Pennsylvanians Ed and Brenda Hurst in their 1932 Chevrolet.
The event was put on by Great Racer Corky Rutledge and raised more than $5,500 for the Beach Lake Fire Company.