The X-Cup division is a class that encourages young car enthusiasts to build a vintage vehicle, and compete in the Great Race. It’s often made up of high school students or technical college students. This year, we have a new entry in the X-Cup class and it is Dysart High School Automotive Technology Program in El Mirage, Arizona. They’re building a 1967 Mercury Cougar to compete in the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The high school team is joined by the Sun City West Automotive Restoration Club to help the project in motion. We’re so happy to have these students on board for 2016. Watch this video to get a preview of the project:
The Great Race X-Cup high school team from Ponca City, Oklahoma, was treated to a VIP visit to Jay Leno’s Garage in California the day after winning the high school and college division in the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The team, which beat out two-time defending champion McPherson College of Kansas and Alfred State college of New York as well as another high school team from Mobile, Alabama, competed in a 1956 Buick convertible and finished an impressive 18th place overall. Jeff Mahl, who is pictured with the team, spearheaded the effort to get the youth group into Leno’s Garage the day after more than 100 cars finished the 9-day, 2,400-mile event on the Santa Monica Pier.
New features designed to foster even greater support for our younger X-Cup teams have recently come online! The first is a new AACA sponsored Grant program for eligible X-Cup Teams. Three $1000 grants will be made for the 2015 Great Race. Further details are available on the new X-Cup section of the Great Race website. Easily accessible from the “X-Cup Division” button on left panel, X-Cup Teams will want to bookmark the new page for future reference.
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Throughout the history of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, it has been a priority to encourage youth to participate, be it as a racer or part of the staff. Eventually, a special class was created for young automotive enthusiasts who wanted to pilot a vintage car in the Great Race. This class would be known as the X-Cup division, and it’s still going strong to this day. Continue reading for a great explanation of the X-Cup division, as well as a few testimonials and photos from former X-Cup participants, who went on to be Great Race winners!
We got a photo from the McPherson College X-Cup team with a bunch of smiling faces and a beautiful ’57 Ford. McPherson College is a big supporter of the Great Race, and we’re glad to have them back on board with an X-Cup team. Tony di Valentin joined us last year and will be returning this year. Other members of the team are Austin Hiebert, Jacob O’Gorman and Justin Smeltzer. We’re looking forward to seeing these young men duke it out with the other X-Cup teams. See you guys in Maine!
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.
The McPherson College Restoration newsletter came in the mail the other day, and there was a wonderful centerfold of the team’s experience on the 2013 Great Race from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.
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The Great Race has always held a special bond with those who have been involved with the event, and the story of Ken Lumberry epitomizes that better than any other. Lumberry, of Delong, Illinois, died recently at the age of 80.
We’re proud to announce that a new X-Cup team has registered for the 2013 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty! Welcome (left to right) Andrew Neisen, Austin Radka, Spencer Bramlett and Bart Sutor. Handling the driving duties will be Bart Sutor, while the others will serve as navigators who will swap positions throughout the race.
This is what the Great Race is all about…moving up from class to class until you reach the top of the heap! Chad Nelson was one of the first X-Cup guys back in the day and even though his school is no longer involved in the event, he has continued to keep young people involved in building old cars and taking them on the race.
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