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Olivia Gentry comes from a racing family, as her father Oliver is a veteran dirt track racer and her mother Beth is a Great Race Grand Champion. The 19-year-old from Newnan, Georgia has the commitment and determination to find the winner’s circle wherever she races, whether she’s meticulously driving a nine-day journey across 2,300 miles, […]

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., May 6, 2020 – The 2020 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Drivers Club has been rescheduled for Aug. 22-30 from San Antonio, Texas, to Greenville, S.C., due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Great Race, out of an abundance of caution for the participants, spectators and the small towns along the […]

The Vintage Car Rally Association has donated once again to Skyuka Hall in Chattanooga, Tenn., to support its new STEAM Lab. This time the donation was $42,172, making the total contribution to the school and its STEAM program almost $100,000. The first grant from the late Rex Gardner’s visionary association was to start the program […]

Liz Sutter, a longtime Great Race checkpoint worker, passed away yesterday at a hospital in Massachusetts. Liz was one of the all-time great characters involved in the Great Race. She not only worked checkpoints for most of the last two decades, she once was a competitor, driving a 1916 Hudson across the country for Dale […]

Great Racers who drive ‘60s and early ‘70s cars in the event are always looking for an older car to improve their handicap, and this California car may just be the ticket. Daniel Shanahan bought this 1941 Packard with factory air conditioning with the idea of competing in the Great Race some day. For personal […]

Every year, 500 or so folks gather in a different city and spend two weeks traveling across the country together in the Great Race. A large number of that 500 stays the same year after year. We talk old cars, we drive old cars and we compete in old cars. But we don’t always know […]

There are not too many people who love the Great Race more than Steve and Janet Hedke. Like most teams who have competed in the race more than three or four times, the event becomes part of your life. And that is so true of Steve and Janet and their daughter Allison. And now that […]

Gary and JeanAnn Martin are dedicated Great Racers who have swapped to different cars through the years. Before their most current Chevy II, the Martins rallied in a 1938 Ford coupe affectionally known as “Maxine”. The car is Great Race-prepared in every aspect and finished in the Top 5 in its last Great Race appearance. […]

Dick Belveal, longtime Great Racer from the 1980s and 1990s, called the other day and said he was finally going to part with his 1936 Buick and he wanted to let current Great Racers have the first shot at it. The car is a multiple Great Race participant and always did well and had no […]

You can now watch the 2019 Great Race TV in the comfort of your own home. The one-hour show, which aired Nov. 16 on Motor Trend television network, is available on the Great Race’s YouTube channel along with hundreds of other videos we have shot through the years. You can re-live all of the action […]

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