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Great Race 2015 Day 9–The Big Finish in Santa Monica

By Great Race
June 29, 2015

We’ve covered all sorts of terrains and endured many tough weather conditions over the last week or so, but today was by far the toughest, as we had to navigate Southern California traffic! All joking aside, we had a short day of rallying before breaking for lunch as the Nethercutt Museum. It is without a doubt one of the most amazing car collections in the world and we enjoyed our short time there. We need another excuse to be out West so we can check it out and spend some more time. By 2:30pm, we had fully taken over the Santa Monica Pier, as all of the remaining Great Race cars rolled through the finish line gate, much to the delight of thousands of onlookers. By the time it was all said and done, the pier had just over 100 cars on it, and thousands of people milling about. The biggest moment of the day was when Howard and Doug Sharp rolled across the finish line, as they had been crowned the Grand Champion of the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The Sharps piloted a 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber to the victory, with the always consistent team of Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry following closely behind. We had a huge day that was full of excitement, so check out our favorite shots and look forward to more photos and final scores to be posted soon.
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Great Race Day 8–Lake Havasu, AZ to San Bernardino, CA

By Great Race
June 27, 2015

It’s getting close to the end of the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagery, and the action is getting hotter than ever. Today’s route started in the Lake Havasu City heat, with temperatures in the mid-90s as we left the hotel first thing in the morning. We crossed the state line into California, and made the long trek to Twentynine Palms for our lunch stop. The drive through the desert was hot, lengthy and difficult with an extra challenge of trains crossing as the racers were on the clock. The crowd was huge at Twentynine Palms, as the town really got behind our lunch stop, and included a local car show along with our festivities. The heat was still pretty intense, and only got worse as we left from lunch and went into the Joshua Tree National Park. We gained a few more degrees as we went into an outrageously big Wind Farm in Palm Springs.
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Great Race 2015 Day 7, Flagstaff to Lake Havasu City, AZ

By Great Race
June 26, 2015

Today’s action on the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty can be summed up with one word–HOT. It started out hot and it ended even hotter. The day’s route started on a 100-mile stretch of Route 66, which led us to Kingman, Arizona. Within the Route 66 run, there were a few turns and tricky mazes, but it was mostly made up of a consistent 50 mile per hour run, which is tougher than you might think. Adding to the difficulty, the temperatures reached three-digit territory before lunch, and by the time we rolled into Kingman, Arizona for our lunch break, it was 105 degrees.
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Great Race Day 4–Amarillo to Santa Fe

By Great Race
June 23, 2015

So far on the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, we’ve seen some pretty cool stuff. But today’s route topped the charts on scenery. We started in Amarillo, Texas, where the smell of cattle farms filled the air as we milled around at the host hotel. Just a few miles from our hotel was the famous Cadillac Ranch so we spent a few minutes checking it out before starting the day’s rally. If there was a theme for today’s course it would be “straight” and “long”. Through West Texas farmlands, we made a long run to our lunch stop in Tucumcari, New Mexico and spent a little time at the New Mexico Route 66 Museum during our break. From there, it was into the barren wilderness–and we mean it when we say barren. Long straights and beautiful views made up the entire afternoon of rallying. There was very little civilization throughout the afternoon route, and we did have some mechanical issues, which resulted in three cars riding home on the sweep trailer. Our stop in Santa Fe, New Mexico was outstanding, with thousands of folks coming out to The Plaza in historic Santa Fe. It was a big, long day with a bunch of cool stuff to see, so we’re excited to show off our work. Enjoy!
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The Grand Start of the 2015 Great Race in Kirkwood, MO

By Great Race
June 20, 2015

Instead of trying to condense all of this into one big day one blog, we’re going to give you the highlights from the HUGE kickoff at the Kirkwood Depot in historic Kirkwood, Missouri. The town of Kirkwood was very supportive of our event, and thousands upon thousands of spectators came out to see the cars take off from the starting line. Unlike the last few days in Kirkwood, we had excellent weather and enjoyed the sunshine and warm temperatures. At this point, anything was better than the soaking rain we had been experiencing. With folks lining the streets of Kirkwood, all the way out to the Interstate, we were reassured that this was the perfect town for the kickoff host city of the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. Take a look at some of our favorite shots from the start, and look forward to another post with other awesome photos from throughout the day!
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John Hollansworth Collection Destroyed by Fire

By Great Race
April 13, 2015

John Hollansworth, a Great Race veteran of more than 20 years, lost all of his collector cars and memorabilia in an early morning fire on April 7 at his shop in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Fortunately, no one was injured. Called “Gasoline Alley” after the famed pit area at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, John’s shop hosted tens of thousands of visitors over the last 19 years. John said the fire apparently started around 4 a.m. and by the time he and the fire department arrived it was a total loss.
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One Great Racer Leaves, One Joins AACA Board

By Great Race
February 17, 2015

Great Race director Jeff Stumb’s two-year term on the board of directors for the Antique Automobile Club of America ended last week at the annual meeting in Philadelphia just as another Great Racer’s term began. Tabetha Hammer, Affinity Communications Manager with Hagerty and a three-year participant in the Great Race, began her term (2015-17) on the AACA board as one of three new directors sworn in on Feb. 12.
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Great Race Rolls onto Your TV this Month!

By Great Race
January 9, 2015


The 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty TV show will air four times before the end of January on MavTV. There will be 10 p.m. airings on the East Coast and West Coast. It all begins Thursday, Jan. 15, at 10 p.m. Pacific (1 a.m. Eastern) and will last for one hour. It will air immediately following the Lucas Oil Modified Series from Blythe, Calif.

The following Thursday night, Jan. 22, it will air at 10 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Pacific). It will air again that night three hours later (10 p.m. on the West Coast).

The final showing in the month will be on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 10 p.m. Pacific (1 a.m. Eastern).

MavTV is the new home of many of the old Speed Channel favorites such as My Classic Car, Stacy David’s GearZ, Dave Despain, Dream Car Garage and Two Guys Garage. MavTV is seen in more than 80 million homes across the country. It is on Dish channel 248, Directv channel 214 and Verizon channel 810. It is also available through cable providers Comcast, Time Warner and Charter.

Please check your local listings for the dates and times in your area.

Six Months and Counting–Get Ready for Great Race 2015!

By Great Race
December 15, 2014

Believe it or not, in just six short months Great Racers will begin arriving in Kirkwood, Missouri, for the start of the 2015 Great Race along Route 66. We are completely sold out with a record number of entries and a record number of rookies, and it should make for a fantastic event. And with the retirement of Barry and Irene Jason, we are going to have a different winner for the first time since 2011.

The route has been in place for some time, and now we have released the times and locations of the stops in each city, and the ad above (click it to make it bigger) will begin running shortly in Hemmings Motor News, Hemmings Classic Car, Hemmings Muscle Machines and Hemmings Sports and Exotic. Spectators need to mark their calendars now. All of these promoted stops will be great, as well as a few stops and sites just for the racers, including Cadillac Ranch, J&R Vintage Auto Museum, the Petrified Forest, the Oatman Hotel and Joshua Tree National Park.

Tabetha Hammer Documents the 2014 Great Race

By Great Race
November 12, 2014

Everyone loves to reflect on their experiences on the Great Race when they return home after the ultimate car experience. Some put videos together while others show their friends and local car clubs their photos from the event. Still others chronicle their time on the Great Race in magazine articles, and Tabetha Hammer of Hagerty has put together one of the best stories we have seen in a long time for “Throttle Gals” magazine. If you have not heard of the magazine, it is exactly what it says it is – a magazine featuring gals and their cars.

And the story of Tabetha and navigator Samantha Bonter on the Great Race (one of only two all-female teams) is perfect. Thanks to Doni Langdon, whose title at the magazine is Head Chick in Charge, for letting us share Tabetha and Sam’s story on the 2014 Great Race with you.


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