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Coker Tire Challenge 2014 Recap

By Great Race
September 23, 2014

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

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

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


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.
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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


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


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.

Chad Caldwell’s New Auburn Racer

By Great Race
March 7, 2014


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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