News About Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews, the Great Race coordinator for the last year and a half, has left the organization to move to Augusta, Georgia, where her husband has been transferred. “We will miss Jennifer on the Great Race and around the office in her many capacities,” Great Race director Jeff Stumb said. Her husband, Nick, was transferred out of state with the Tennessee Valley Authority last month. “We wish Jennifer and Nick all the best in Augusta, and we hope to see them on a future Great Race because you are always part of the Great Race family.” A replacement for her position will be named in the coming months and will be introduced to the Great Race family at that time.

One Great Racer Leaves, One Joins AACA Board

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!


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.

Great Race to Pass Through Two National Parks in 2015

The 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will travel through two National Parks – Petrified Forest in Arizona and Joshua Tree in California – and the Great Race staff wants you to be prepared. National Parks have an entrance fee, so if any member of your crew (driver, navigator and support crew members) has a National Park Pass or National Park Senior Pass, please bring it along on this year’s race. Support crews will have the opportunity to drive through the Petrified Forest while in Arizona if they would like on the day between Gallup, New Mexico, and Flagstaff, Arizona. Support crews will also be invited to other stops during the days, including J&R Vintage Auto Museum in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

GR 2015 Day 8: Lake Havasu City, AZ to San Bernardino, CA

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Note: This is the eighth of a nine-part series of Great Race Director Jeff Stumb’s thoughts on each day on the 2015 Great Race route after returning from setting up the stops for next year’s event. The last two days of the Great Race each year are what we call Championship Run. In the first seven days, participants can throw out their worst legs (between three and five depending on division). The last two days, everyone must keep their total score from each day. The race can be won or lost on these two days.
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The Hudson Super Six is Alive Again!

My 1916 Hudson Super Six engine, which threw a rod on the 2005 Great Race at the base of Mt. Rainer in Washington state, came back to life this week when the boys at Honest Charley Garage finished rebuilding it. The engine is back in the car now and later this week it should be on the road again for the first time in nine years. The car is the only 1916 Hudson Cabriolet left in the world.
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Great Race Legend Dennis Holland Dies at 68


Dennis Holland, a legendary Great Racer from Day 1, has died at his home in California at the age of 68.

Dennis and navigator Wayne Stanfield pushed Holland’s 1909 Buick racer across the start line at Knotts Berry Farms in 1983 on the first Great Race because the motor was not in the car. After crossing the start line, the crew spent the rest of the day getting it running and they caught the pack and were able to compete in the race for a while.

Mechanical problems forced them to fall out before the finish, but the following year the car was back and quickly became one of the crowd favorites.

The Buick was the second car ever sold in Orange County, Calif., back in 1909. After competing with Stanfield, Holland raced for several more years in the Buick with his teenage daughter Julie.

Besides his love of old cars and the Great Race, Holland was a wooden boat restorer. You can read more about him in this story in his local newspaper.

And you can see video from the 1983 Great Race, including Holland and Stanfield pushing the car across the start line at the 3:20 mark and again at the 5:20 mark here


2014 Rally Final Planning Underway

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 New Awesome Auburn in the Making


Chad and Jennie Caldwell will be participating in the 2014 Great Race in their 1931 Auburn, but not the one you may have seen in previous Great Race events. Chad traveled to Montana earlier this month and bought this 1931 Auburn speedster and is already tearing it down and restoring it for next year’s Great Race.

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Raime Brown is now Raime Wilson

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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