One of the cool things about working on the Great Race is the really amazing people that are involved.
For the past six months I’ve had a great time getting to know Jeff Stumb. I’m sure many of you know Jeff from his Great Race involvement over the past couple of decades. I had met him at a couple Coker Tire Challenges, but I didn’t really know him very well.
At the end of last year’s Coker Tire Challenge, Corky, Jim Menneto and Rex Gardner announced the 2011 Hemmings Motor News Great Race this June, and we got lucky. Almost immediately, Jeff Stumb stepped up and said, “Let me help. I can talk to the folks who have done this. I’ve hosted stops and know what’s involved. I can help these folks in the cities do a great job. I’d love to help.”
And he has been doing just that.
Jeff, a newspaper owner and publisher, who hails from Huntsville, Alabama, has really pitched in and has done a yeoman’s job helping us get the folks at each of the lunch and dinner stops on-board, informed, and energized about you great folks coming though their towns on the Hemmings Motor News 2011 Great Race.
The results look pretty astounding, as well. Each and every one of the cities has pledged to make their hometown, the best stop on this year’s Great Race. With all that municipal competition, we’re expecting the red carpet to be rolled out for you folks from one end of the Appalachian Mountains to the other.
The other thing I have noticed is that Jeff’s efforts in reaching out to all of you by phone and by email have done wonders as well. Like Corky, Jeff believes in this event and believes in its importance to the vintage and collector car hobby. (You’d have to be serious about this hobby to have 6 pre-1920 Hudson’s.) As I have listened to him talk to some of you long-time Great Racers, I’ve heard how persuasive he can be.
Along the way, I’ve come to appreciate how important Jeff has been to our efforts in working with both the cities and with you the racers.
You know I said we got lucky. Maybe it’s not luck. It’s just good folks helping good folks do good things and have a great time!
Thanks for your help Jeff!