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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.

Backroad Gold TV Show Airs February 5th at 9:30pm!

By Great Race
February 5, 2014

Corky Coker TV Show

Corky Coker plays a huge role in the Great Race, as well as leading the crew at Coker Tire Company and Honest Charley. Along with all of his business ventures, he’s a car guy at heart, so he has made a hobby out of buying, selling and trading on collector cars, trucks and motorcycles. “Backroad Gold” is a new TV series that follows Corky’s barn find adventures and we’re excited to see it’s debut on the Travel Channel. The first season is made up of eight awesome episodes, featuring a bunch of great cars, trucks and motorcycles. It debuts on Wednesday, February 5th at 9:30pm Eastern Time, and airs weekly on Wednesday nights at 9:30. Check your local listings to confirm the times…you don’t want to miss it!

Get Your Entry Fee Discount NOW!

By Great Race
September 25, 2013


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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Great Racers on Display!

By Great Race
July 30, 2013


The official pace car of the Great Race, Corky Coker’s 1937 Buick Shafer 8, is one of 10 cars on display in the Great Race Class at the Concours of America at St. John’s in Michigan. More than 275 cars are taking part in the Concours, including Hemmings Motor News‘ 1932 Ford speedster, Hagerty‘s 1917 Peerless and Rex Gardner’s 1935 Ford coupe. Check it out!

Great Race 2013–Grand Finish in Mobile, Alabama!

By Great Race
June 30, 2013

Great Race 2013

We’re blessed to be the adventure of a lifetime that we can do every year! And the 2013 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty has come to an end in grand style today! We did some intense rallying this morning, then stopped in Irvington, Alabama for lunch and a couple laps around the Mobile International Speedway oval track. It was tons of fun, and we had an all out fish fry, thanks to the kind hosts! Then, it was time to make the short drive into downtown Mobile, Alabama for the Grand Finish, where we’d find out the final scores and see where everyone stacked up. Matching their incredible job on last year’s race, the unstoppable team of Irene and Barry Jason wheeled their 1935 Ford coupe to victory, taking home the HUGE $50,000 Grand Championship prize! It’s impressive just to win one Grand Championship, but back-to-back wins is almost out of the question with the level of competition we have these days. Congrats to all of the winners in each class, and a big congrats to Sister McRae, who won the Tom McRae Spirit of the Event award this year! Thanks for all of your hard work, and dedication to the Great Race! Check out our favorite shots of the day, and stay tuned for the final scores!

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Great Race 2013–Down South Rallyin’

By Great Race
June 27, 2013

Great Race 2013

Yet another day of rallying has placed us firmly into the South, and you can certainly tell by the temperature! Upper 90′s made for a hot, sweaty and sunny day behind the wheel, but we did find an interesting farm sprinkler on a back road somewhere in Arkansas. The farmer may have misjudged the projection of his mega sprinkler, and it ended up spraying on the racers! Aside from the quick cool down, today’s route was grueling. We started at 7am in Germantown, Tennessee and drove 225 miles to our lunch stop in the small town of Monticello, Arkansas. We had a great crowd, and then witnessed LOTS of great crowds lining the streets as we passed through small towns such as Parkdale, Arkansas. Then, we rallied our way into Louisiana for a few minutes, and then back into Mississippi for our evening stop in Vicksburg. Again, we saw a very nice turnout in the downtown area, and ate a scrumptious meal, while listening to some authentic blues. Here are our favorite shots of the day!
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Great Race 2013–We Made it to Davenport!

By Great Race
June 23, 2013

Great Race 2013

Despite bad weather, closed roads and more bad weather, we have landed in Davenport, Iowa for the evening! We had all sorts of obstacles to conquer, from rock slides and fallen trees to washed-out creeks and flooded roads, but we’re here, and we’re safe, so that’s all that matters. Our day started in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and we actually had to make a last minute route change, thus throwing out the first few legs of the day’s route. Eventually, we made it to Dubuque, Iowa for lunch and ate a delicious BBQ sandwich and followed that with a sack of kettle corn! From there, we passed through the small town of Bellevue, Iowa, which was packed with spectators, as the race came through town, passing by the Mississippi River. We then hit the back roads and saw plenty of rolling hills in the Iowa farmland. Now, we’re camped out in Davenport, Iowa and combing through all of our pictures and video. Check out our favorite shots of the day, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-the-minute updates!
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Tech Inspection and Registration in St. Paul

By Great Race
June 20, 2013

Great Race 2013

We are running wide open here in St. Paul, getting 100 racers signed up, teched in and stickered, in preparation for the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. It’s gonna be a hectic couple of weeks, so stay with us and enjoy the ride! Here is a quick overview of today’s action in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our Rally Staff worked their tails off getting all these vehicles through the system. Tomorrow, we head to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for the Back to the ’50s Weekend, where we will prepare for the Hagerty Trophy Run. Check out all the fun from today, and stay with us for daily updates. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates and photos!
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Raime Brown joins the Great Race staff

By Great Race
March 4, 2013


Raime Brown has joined the Great Race staff in Chattanooga to help with administrative duties, and Great Racers will get to know her over the coming months on the phone and in person, Director Jeff Stumb announced. She will be helping with registration duties and working with participants, sponsors and everything Great Race related as well as continuing in her role as Tour Coordinator of the Coker Museum, which she has held for more than two years. “And Raime will be with us on the Great Race this summer so everyone will get to meet her,” Stumb said.


Great Race TV Show Update!

By Great Race
February 7, 2013


We have just reviewed the Great Race television show which will air on Speed on Saturday, March 23, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) as an episode of Hot Rod TV, and I can tell you without a doubt it is the best show about our event ever. And I have seen them all. The time it airs in each time zone may vary, so check your local listings. Here is a link to Speed’s listings for Hot Rod TV: http://www.speedtv.com/schedule//filter/program/808771
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