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The Hudson Super Six is Alive Again!

By Great Race
July 30, 2014

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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

By Great Race
May 15, 2014

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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

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 New Awesome Auburn in the Making

By Great Race
November 14, 2013

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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

By Great Race
November 12, 2013

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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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Pre-Running the 2014 Great Race Route

By Great Race
October 31, 2013

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Great Race director Jeff Stumb has just returned from a week on the road finalizing the second half of the 2014 Great Race venues with some of the greatest cities on the East Coast. One stop in particular will stand out on next year’s race, he said, after traveling from Virginia to Florida.

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Road Trip with a $1,000 ’57 Mercury!

By Great Race
October 18, 2013

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Most people know that David McAllister, the Great Race’s technical inspector for the last three years, wears many hats. One of those is as a master mechanic. And he proved it again recently when he drove a car from Portland, Oregon, to Hershey, Pennsylvania. And this was not just any car – it was a 1957 Mercury Monterey Great Race Director Jeff Stumb bought for $1,025 on ebay the month before. That’s right, $1,025.

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Joe Alackness Stops by the Great Race Booth in Hershey

By Great Race
October 16, 2013

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Joe Alackness has a thing for old cars – really old cars. He has a number of pre-1916 automobiles, and he showed off his 1905 Cadillac at Hershey last week during the AACA meet. Joe has participated in a number of Great Races over the years, many with his wife Judy in their 1932 Buick.

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A Busy Day at Hershey!

By Great Race
October 10, 2013

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It was a busy day for the Great Race in Hershey, Pa., this week as the AACA swap meet got underway. For the second year in a row, the Great Race had a booth at the event just beyond the Coker Tire set up in the Chocolate Field.

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Get Your Entry Fee Discount NOW!

By Great Race
September 25, 2013

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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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