The Great Race has announced an increase in the total payout for this year’s event by adding $11,250 in daily prize money. Each day on the nine day event will see the winner of each division – Grand Championship, Expert, Sportsman and Rookie – get a plaque and a check for $250. In addition, the overall daily winner will receive another $250 to bring that team’s total winnings for the day to $500.
Great Race staff will also present the plaques to the winners at the end of each day parc ferme. Checks will be presented at the closing banquet in California along with any other winnings the teams may have accumulated. The increase brings the total event purse to $158,750. Participants will get a complete breakdown of prize money in a supplement sent via email.
Three-time Great Race Grand Champions Barry and Irene Jason have decided to retire from competition while on top. The Keller, Texas, couple became the first team in the 31-year history of the Great Race to win the event three years in a row when they crossed the finish line in Florida June 29. Now they are going to enjoy a new chapter in their lives that doesn’t involve antique cars or rally competition.
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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!
One of the 97 teams in this year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will take home a $50,000 check when they cross the finish line on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile, Alabama and will be crowned 2013 Grand Champions.
When the 2012 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty came to a close, the racers and staff were exhausted, and ready to enjoy a great meal in the awesome Henry Ford Museum. We also anticipated a great awards ceremony to finish off the evening, and send everyone home on an exciting note by announcing the start of next year’s event. The 2013 Great Race will kick off at the Back to the ’50s event in St. Paul, Minnesota, so get ready for a huge send-off with nearly 100,000 people on hand! We’ll have more details on the finish of the race in the coming weeks, but for now, let’s take a look at the winners of this year’s Great Race!