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 to your favorite newsstand or book store and pick up a copy of the October 2015 issue and read all about the 2015 Great Race! Click HERE for the story!
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 another 1916 Hudson – the four-passenger speeder of Dave Reeder’s – won the race. Reeder and his grandson navigator Sawyer Stone are considering bringing back their 1916 Hudson for the 2016 race. If that happens, there will be at least three 100-year-old vehicles in next year’s race. Defending champions Howard and Doug Sharp will again be campaigning their 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber. The Sharps’ won the Great Race for the second time last month when they edged out Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles and their 1932 Ford Cabriolet at the finish on the Santa Monica Pier in California.
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 to speak directly to Jeff Stumb or Jennifer Andrews.
Today’s action on the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty can be summed up with one word–HOT. It started out hot and it ended even hotter. The day’s route started on a 100-mile stretch of Route 66, which led us to Kingman, Arizona. Within the Route 66 run, there were a few turns and tricky mazes, but it was mostly made up of a consistent 50 mile per hour run, which is tougher than you might think. Adding to the difficulty, the temperatures reached three-digit territory before lunch, and by the time we rolled into Kingman, Arizona for our lunch break, it was 105 degrees. Click HERE for the Story!
So far on the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, we’ve seen some pretty cool stuff. But today’s route topped the charts on scenery. We started in Amarillo, Texas, where the smell of cattle farms filled the air as we milled around at the host hotel. Just a few miles from our hotel was the famous Cadillac Ranch so we spent a few minutes checking it out before starting the day’s rally. If there was a theme for today’s course it would be “straight” and “long”. Through West Texas farmlands, we made a long run to our lunch stop in Tucumcari, New Mexico and spent a little time at the New Mexico Route 66 Museum during our break. From there, it was into the barren wilderness–and we mean it when we say barren. Long straights and beautiful views made up the entire afternoon of rallying. There was very little civilization throughout the afternoon route, and we did have some mechanical issues, which resulted in three cars riding home on the sweep trailer. Our stop in Santa Fe, New Mexico was outstanding, with thousands of folks coming out to The Plaza in historic Santa Fe. It was a big, long day with a bunch of cool stuff to see, so we’re excited to show off our work. Enjoy! Click HERE for the Story!
Instead of trying to condense all of this into one big day one blog, we’re going to give you the highlights from the HUGE kickoff at the Kirkwood Depot in historic Kirkwood, Missouri. The town of Kirkwood was very supportive of our event, and thousands upon thousands of spectators came out to see the cars take off from the starting line. Unlike the last few days in Kirkwood, we had excellent weather and enjoyed the sunshine and warm temperatures. At this point, anything was better than the soaking rain we had been experiencing. With folks lining the streets of Kirkwood, all the way out to the Interstate, we were reassured that this was the perfect town for the kickoff host city of the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. Take a look at some of our favorite shots from the start, and look forward to another post with other awesome photos from throughout the day! Click HERE for the story!
Coker Tire Company is a special place. It was founded in 1958 as a regular tire shop and service center, but as the years went on, Harold Coker branched out and began sourcing discontinued molds for desirable “vintage” tires. He passed the antique division of his company to his son Corky, who took the ball and ran with it. Fast forward a few decades and Coker Tire is the world’s largest supplier of tires and wheels for collector vehicles. Corky raced in the Great Race many times throughout the ’90s and 2000’s, and eventually bought the Great Race, adding it to his stable of automotive-related companies, known as the Coker Group. With a revived spirit and plenty of help from the Coker Tire staff, the Great Race has grown tremendously in the past five years. Coker Tire continues to serve as a sponsor of the event, and Corky serves as the Ringleader of this traveling circus!
One of the Top 5 automobile museums in the world, the Nethercutt Museum and Collection in Sylmar, Calif., will host the Great Race participants for a private lunch and viewing on Sunday, June 28, just hours before the Grand Finish on the Santa Monica Pier. Normally closed on Sundays, curator Skip Marketti and the Nethercutt family have agreed to open the Museum and Collection that day to Great Racers only. They will be allowed to view the Museum, which houses hundreds of the finest automobiles in the world, as well as the Collection across the street, which his home to the Grand Salon. In addition, the participants will be able to see a 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive and 1912 Pullman Private Car. Click HERE for the story!
In our continuing quest to provide more information to Great Racers, especially rookies, the Great Race has produced two new “How to Videos” to go with 11 others featuring Director Jeff Stumb talking through various topics of interest. The two new videos are on “Filling Out the Time Delay Form” and “Starting on Time.”
Corky Coker, owner of Coker Tire Company and the Great Race, has announced that the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will travel the historic Lincoln Highway for its 2016 event. Coker made his announcement during the highly acclaimed Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event in Florida, amongst a crowd of car enthusiasts from around the world.