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Harold Coker, Founder of Coker Tire, Passes Away

By Great Race
November 17, 2014

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Harold Coker, the founder of Coker Tire and a nine-year participant in the Coker Tire Challenge each September, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 16. He was 84. He was the father of Corky Coker, the owner of the Great Race. Harold and his wife of 61 years, Lill, were fixtures at the Coker Tire Challenge, as well as dozens of other automotive-related events across the country. The Challenge’s most prestigious award, the Bill Coker Spirit of the Event Award, is named for his late brother.

Although Harold never participated in the Great Race, his influence was always there: his two sons, Corky and David, participated in the Great Race, as did his brother Bob, his daughter-in-law Theresa, his grandson Cameron, his granddaughter Kelly and his grandson-in-law Greg Cunningham. Click this link to read more about Harold’s passing and to see photos from his recent induction into the Tire Industry Association’s Hall of Fame: http://blog.cokertire.com/

Click here to read the full obituary: http://www.timesfreepress.com/obituaries/2014/nov/17/harold-coker/

New Great Race Collector’s Christmas Ornament!

By Great Race
November 11, 2014

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The Christmas season is fast approaching, and we at Great Race have the perfect gift for your driver, navigator or fan. It’s the 2015 Great Race Christmas ornament. We are offering this Limited Collectors Edition ornament for only $13 plus shipping ($5 flat rate). And if you order before Nov. 21 it will be delivered by Dec. 7 in plenty of time for wrapping before Christmas.

This ornament, which will sell for $20 to the public after Jan. 1, commemorates the 2015 Great Race along Route 66 in June.

You can order this fabulous item by clicking the link below.
https://www.cokertire.com/collectibles/great-race-2015-ornament.html

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Vicari Auction Comes to Chattanooga, TN in 2015!

By Great Race
October 28, 2014

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Our friends at Vicari Auctions – Pete and Barbara Vicari and Will Loomis and the rest of the gang – are bringing a collector car auction to Chattanooga, Tennessee in March. Their website – www.vicariauction.com – announced the dates for the auction as March 13-14, 2015, at the First Tennessee Pavilion. The auction site at the pavilion is part of the Finley Stadium complex and can be seen from the windows of Great Race headquarters at Coker Tire just two blocks away.
Click HERE for the story!

Coker Tire Challenge 2014 Recap

By Great Race
September 23, 2014

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What a great weekend of rallying in the Southeast for the 9th annual Coker Tire Challenge. It’s hard to believe Corky Coker has been putting on this event for so long, but it’s been a great experience, and it provides a more laid back atmosphere than the hustle and thrash of the Great Race. Our buddies at Hemmings and Hagerty always join the fun, so it’s always nice to spend time with those folks. Check out our favorite photos from this year’s Coker Tire Challenge, and continue reading to see the final scores.

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Cities Announced for the 2015 Great Race!

By Great Race
September 11, 2014

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The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will travel historic Route 66 for its 2015 event, organizers have announced. The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, will start in Kirkwood, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis and finish at the Santa Monica Pier in California.
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Coker Tire Challenge is Coming Soon!

By Great Race
July 22, 2014

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The 9th annual Coker Tire Challenge is less than two months away, and entries from around the country are pouring in. Entry fees have remained the same again this year for Run For Fun and for Dash For Cash. The Coker Tire Challenge will be held Sept. 18-21 in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee, with the three-day, cloverleaf rally covering three states. The event will begin Thursday, Sept. 18, with registration, tech inspection and rally school followed by a reception in the Coker Tire Museum.
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Day Two Offers More Great Rallying and Big Crowds

By Great Race
June 22, 2014

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Day two of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty started off with a beautiful morning in Lowell, Massachusetts, and we went right into a tough day of rallying through lots of amazing New England scenery. The mountains are incredible, the air is clear and we’re enjoying every mile of it. We snaked our way into Bennington, Vermont for a lunch stop, which required crossing a few of those glorious mountains to get there. Bennington is the home of the Great Race title sponsor, Hemmings Motor News, so we thoroughly enjoyed our stop at Bennington Station. The Bennington Fire Department fed us well, and sent us down the road for more adventures. Keep reading to find out more about our day and see our photo highlights from the day’s rally! Click HERE for the story!

Coker Tire Returns as the Official Tire of the Great Race

By Great Race
June 3, 2014

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Coker Tire is the world’s leading supplier of tires and wheels for collector vehicles, and it’s been a huge supporter of the Great Race for many years. Owner, Corky Coker has poured his heart and soul into developing tires over the past 40 years, and he has a similar passion for the Great Race family. Having long been a partner with our event, Coker Tire is the Official Tire of the Great Race. A large majority of the participants use Coker products on their rally vehicles because the tires and wheels are safe and reliable, and Coker has period correct choices for vehicles built from the 1900’s through the 1970’s.
Click HERE for more!

2014 Rally Final Planning Underway

By Great Race
April 9, 2014

The Great Race makes it a point to rally drivers through some of the most interesting and challenging terrain our vast country has to offer and this year is no different. For 2014 the eastern seaboard plays host to thousands of miles of mountains, countryside, marshlands and coastal seascapes. Race Director Jeff Stumb is on the road this week and next sorting out some of the last details that make it possible to rally a hundred cars in and out of so many small towns along the route.

One thing is certain, if you’re racing this year or aspire to, you should be working on your cars to get them ready to make the spectacular run from Maine to Florida. You won’t want to miss a single mile this summer. Veterans will tell you that having your competition car well sorted out and road tested makes a huge difference when the green flag drops and the competition begins.

Look for more updates from the road like the one below, as Jeff Stumb makes his way down the incredible east coast enroute to the Florida finish.

A Cool Picture from Corky Coker’s Archives

By Great Race
March 18, 2014

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If you have been to a Coker Tire Challenge or the 2011 Great Race, when it started in Chattanooga, then maybe you recognize this car. It is a 1912 Nyberg owned by Coker founder, Harold Coker. This car is currently in the showroom of Coker Tire’s headquarters and the offices of the Great Race. Pictured are Great Racer John Coker, and Great Race owner Corky Coker. The short guy, Hardy “Pop” Coker was tall in the eyes of his two grandsons pictured here.

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