VCRA All Stars for Autism 2016 Rally Dates Announced!

Longtime Great Racer Rex Gardner has announced the dates of VCRA’s 2016 “All Stars for Autism” rally in Springfield, Missouri. The dates are May 5-8, 2016, and the host hotel will be the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. Last year’s “All Stars for Autism” was won by Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles in their 1932 Ford Cabriolet. Many use this annual event, which takes place about six weeks before the start of the Great Race, as a tune up for the cross-country event.
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Great Racer, Corky Rutledge Wins Pumkin Run Rally

The annual Pumpkin Run was held in Millsboro, Delaware on October 17-20, and 27 cars participated in the rally. The weather was beautiful, and more than $6,000 was raised for the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Department. Corky Rutledge and his son-in-law Ryan Dressler won the event in their 1929 Ford Model A pickup. Corky and his son Tim are Great Race veterans who won the Sportsman Division in 2011 and finished third overall in the same truck.
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Day 7–Truckin’ into South Carolina

Today, we reached new territory–South Carolina. It was hot and humid, but the scenery was spectacular throughout the day’s route. The route sent us through the back roads of South Carolina, with an awesome lunch stop in Myrtle Beach. Lots of folks came out to see the cars roll into town, but we had some traffic woes and it resulted in cutting our lunch short in order to get back on schedule. From our stop at Broadway at the Beach, we took off down the road toward a final destination of Mount Pleasant. In outstanding fashion, we had dinner on board the U.S.S. Yorktown aircraft carrier. Wow, what an amazing piece of history. Enjoy the day’s photo highlights, and be sure to check out the day’s scores.
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Day 6–Hot Heat, A Little Bit of Rain and a Tricky Route

There is definitely a difference in Mid-June weather in Maine, and along the North Carolina coast. The temperatures are hotter, the humidity is higher and the chance of afternoon rain showers is much more likely. With that in mind, we embarked on a tricky route, as we stayed in the state of North Carolina all day. We saw temperatures as high as 96 today, and storm clouds moved around all day long with pop-up showers. Our lunch stop in Clinton, North Carolina was awesome, with more than one hundred local classic cars on display to welcome the racers. Our favorite picks out of the group were the Plymouth Superbird, and the Boss 429 Mustang–good stuff! From there, we motored on to Wilmington, North Carolina, where we were greeted by a great crowd and another quick burst of rain. Overall, it was an awesome day of rallying but tomorrow we’re going to pack a few more waters in the cooler, as we roll into South Carolina.
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Day 5–North Carolina, Southern Hospitality

Wow, another adventurous day on the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. Today’s route didn’t cover near as much ground as yesterday, as we crossed into North Carolina and rallied on every back road John Classen could find. We had loops, we had multiple checkpoints, and we had some iffy weather moments at times, as well as some delays, thanks to road construction, tractors, and draw bridges. We eventually crossed the Albemarle Sound on a long (and bumpy) bridge. Our lunch stop was a pleasant visit to Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where the folks greeted us with a warm welcome, and a great prepared lunch for us. As we rolled into New Bern, North Carolina, we could tell it was going to be an incredible stop, as we saw folks watching the cars roll in several miles away from town. Once we rolled into downtown, the streets were packed with people and it was wall-to-wall with folks who were very excited about the Great Race. New Bern, thank you for the amazing support!
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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.


Big Fun at the Pumpkin Run


Doug and Dana Sharp of Fairport, New York, won the 13th annual Pumpkin Run in Millsboro, Delaware, this weekend in a 1916 Hudson. They were followed closely by John and Scott Hudson who are also from New York in their 1940 Chevrolet. Third place went to Ed and Steven Tourje of Uniondale, Pennsylvania, in their 1939 Ford.

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Raime Brown joins the Great Race staff


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.


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Great Race 2012 is a Wrap!

As we wind down from our enormous awards banquet and dinner at The Henry Ford Museum, we reflect on the past 9 days, and the incredible journey we have completed. We started in Traverse City, Michigan on June 23rd, and now we are in Dearborn, Michigan after 2,300 miles of intense rallying around the Great Lakes. We made stops in Canada, as well as New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, and we have finally reached the end of our trip! But before all that we still had a great route for the final day of competition, which involved a great deal of scenic farmland before blasting into Ypsilanti, Michigan for lunch. While there, we visited the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, which is actually the last remaining Hudson dealership in the country.

Great Race 2012
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