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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

Nyberg

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.

Great Race Competitor at the Chicago Autorama

By Great Race
March 12, 2014

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Paul Clarkson of Plainfield, Illinois has built a car especially for the 2014 Great Race, and it was shown recently at the Chicago Autorama. It’s a 1930 Ford Model A coupe with a 1948 Ford Flathead V8 that was raced extensively in a 1947 Allard K1 back in the day. He calls this custom hot rod creation “The Clarkson Special” and it features a super rare McCulloch water-cooled supercharger. Other features include a quick-change rear end, a chopped top and a set of Excelsior Stahl Sport Radials from Coker Tire. It took second in its category (Modified Pre-1935) at the show, finishing only behind a previous Ridler award contender. Clarkson and his beautifully detailed Model A hot rod are one of 34 rookie teams in the Great Race, which leaves Maine on Saturday, June 21, for a nine-day trek to Florida.
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Chad Caldwell’s New Auburn Racer

By Great Race
March 7, 2014

Auburn

There are several cars that are being built for the 2014 Great Race that we have been telling you about, including Chad Caldwell’s 1931 Auburn boattail speedster. You may recall that Chad found the boattail in Montana several months ago, and he has been busy back in Georgia getting it ready for the race. He has the body in primer and the chassis is complete. J.D. Scott at Coker Tire is building a new set of wheels for the car as well.
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Model T Goes Around the World!

By Great Race
November 13, 2013

Model T World Tour

So you think it is tough on you and your car to do the Great Race? Well, our nine-day, 2,100-mile event is tough, but it cannot hold a candle to what Dirk Regter and Trudy Roorda have been doing in their 1915 Model T. They are in the middle of a multi-year trip around the world in their 98-year-old car.
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Raime Brown is now Raime Wilson

By Great Race
November 12, 2013

Raime Wilson Wedding

Congratulations to Great Race Coordinator Raime Brown on her recent marriage to Eric Wilson. They were married in the Coker Museum on Saturday, October 19th, which just happens to be the location of their first date back in June of 2011 when Coker Tire hosted the Great Race kickoff dinner for the 2011 race from Tennessee to Vermont. The Wilsons are both avid motorsports enthusiasts so it was a dream come true for both of them. “We can’t imagine that anywhere else would be more appropriate or more wonderful than the Coker Museum for our big day,” Raime said. “We are very grateful to Corky for allowing us to hold our event in a place that means so much to both of us.”
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Get Your Entry Fee Discount NOW!

By Great Race
September 25, 2013

Discount

The entry fee for the 2014 Great Race from Maine to Florida was announced several months ago, but the time to get a $500 discount is running out.

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The Results are in for the 2013 Coker Tire Challenge!

By Great Race
September 22, 2013

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What a great weekend of raining (aside from a wet day yesterday), and the 2013 Coker Tire Challenge has now come to a close. Here are the final results from the event, as well as a few photos from today’s awards ceremony. Safe travels to all of the participants and we look forward to seeing ALL of you in Maine for the start of the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty.

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Coker Tire Challenge is NEAR!

By Great Race
August 28, 2013

Coker Tire Challenge

The 2013 Coker Tire Challenge is only three weeks away, but it is not too late to enter if you have not already done so. The eighth annual event at Coker’s headquarters in Chattanooga, will begin Thursday, September 19, with tech inspection and rally school.

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Coker Tire Challenge is Near!

By Great Race
July 12, 2013

Coker Tire challenge 2013

The Great Race may be behind us, but in just over two months it will be time for the 8th annual Coker Tire Challenge in Chattanooga. And if you register before July 31, you can save $100 on your entry fee. The Challenge will begin on Thursday, Sept. 19, with registration and tech inspection at Coker Tire headquarters in downtown Chattanooga. The host hotel will again be the Staybridge just across the street. Entries from as far away as New York and Texas are already in.
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