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“A Word” from Humpy Wheeler About the Great Race

By Great Race
July 7, 2014

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If you know legendary NASCAR promoter, Humpy Wheeler, then you know that just getting “a word” from him is not an option. This man has stories that reach WAY back into the heyday of NASCAR, and he’s been around racing all his life. It was truly a pleasure to have Mr. Humpy Wheeler participate in the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty this year. After returning from the event, he sent his overview of the event…keep reading to check it out!
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Barry and Irene Jason Win Again!

By Great Race
June 30, 2014

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That’s right, for the third year in a row, Barry and Irene Jason have WON the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. They brought a new car to the event this year, but they undoubtedly had it dialed in before hand, as they nailed the very first day. They scored a perfect day on day one, but had a couple of rough days after that, which caused them to play catch-up all week. Jeff and Eric Fredette held the lead for most of the week, but the Jason’s came back on the last couple of days with awesome scores. As they rolled into The Villages, Florida for the Grand Finish, they were handed a big check, and during our awards banquet, they were handed a big bird…and lots of bragging rights. They also won the Eckler’s Ace award, which put a few more bucks in their pocket. Congrats to Barry and Irene Jason for being the 2014 Grand Champions! Click HERE to see the final scores!

Day 8–Georgia in the Rear View Mirror

By Great Race
June 28, 2014

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We logged a bunch of miles today and covered a lot of territory on the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. Our day started in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where we were still buzzing from the awesome experience on the U.S.S. Yorktown the night before, but we knew it would be a tough day. Today’s route sent us through the back roads of Southeastern Georgia, where the roads are flat, straight and long. This makes for tough rallying, even though it might look easy. Our lunch stop was in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia, where the cobblestone streets were packed and we enjoyed a quick lunch before getting back on the road. Our final destination was Jacksonville, Florida, where we were greeted by lots of folks, some of which joined us for the start of the 2004 Great Race (our most recent visit to Jacksonville). It was an excellent day of rallying, and the challenging route made for a big shake-up in the scoring. Click here for scoring. Tomorrow is the final day of competition, so we’re gearing up for an amazing finish in The Villages!
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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!

Action from the Road on Day One!

By Great Race
June 21, 2014

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Typically, day one of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is a tough one as far as logistics are concerned. Our Grand Start is a big ceremony that lasts about two hours, and by the time the last car passes through the green flag, the first car is getting close to the hosted lunch stop. After lunch, it calms down a little and we can get into full on rallying mode. Notice, we led off this story with the word typically…this year was a little different, in that the distance between the start and lunch stop was so close that it allowed for some great rallying in between. Take a look at some of our highlights from today’s on-road antics (some of which are pretty wild!), and stay tuned for our city stop highlights from Day One coming soon.
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The Hagerty Trophy Run and Opening Banquet

By Great Race
June 20, 2014

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What a day! We’re exhausted, but for all the right reasons. We started the day with an all-hands-on-deck meeting that went over some of the very important details of our journey. Then, it was time for Rally School, hosted by John Classen, the Rally Master. The meetings and school took place inside the beautiful Ogunquit Playhouse, where we saw George H.W. Bush yesterday. From there, it was time for the Hagerty Trophy Run, which is essentially a warm up rally to get ready for nine days of rallying fun. We saw some incredible scores, and the best score of the day came from a Sportsman team, which is extremely rare. After it all wrapped up we had a great Opening Banquet at the Beachmere Inn, which was fantastic. Great food, great company and a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean made for an awesome evening. Check out our favorite photos from the day, and stay tuned for LOTS of great action when the race officially kicks off tomorrow on Beach Street in Ogunquit!
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Made it to Maine!

By Great Race
June 17, 2014

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Our fleet trucks are still on the way up to Maine, but Great Race Director, Jeff Stumb is already on hand. Cars are beginning to filter in, and our whole crew of staffers should be arriving in Ogunquit, Maine tomorrow afternoon. Thursday is tech inspection, Friday is the Hagerty Trophy Run and Saturday starts the greatest car guy adventure you can do every year! The weather is beautiful and we’re ready to show Maine what the Great Race is all about. Stay tuned for lots of updates in the coming weeks, as our journey begins.
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Hagerty Returns as Presenting Sponsor of 2014 Great Race

By Great Race
May 31, 2014

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Hagerty Insurance is passionate about the collector vehicle industry, and provides insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. What started as a small company in 1984 is now the leading source for collector car and boat insurance. Hagerty is a huge supporter of the Great Race and returns in 2014 as a returning sponsor. In addition to the support, Hagerty has three teams competing in the Great Race.
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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.

Positions for 2014 Great Race are Filling Up Quickly!

By Great Race
December 30, 2013

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The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will enter the New Year with at least 86 paid entries for the 2014 event, Director Jeff Stumb has announced.

That is more than 30 ahead of the pace at the same time last year. That also means that there are only 14 more spots available for the 2014 race from Maine to Florida since the cutoff is 100 cars.

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