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Here we are in Oregon suffering through one of the coldest and rainiest years on record.  We have only had a handful of days over 60 degrees – yes, 60!  With luck there is a 36 hour window this week without rain and with luck tomorrow we can finally get our ’31 Buick Racer out […]

Great Race Entrants

Car # Driver Navigator Vehicle 1 James C. Menneto Mari L. Parizo 1932 Ford Speedster 2 Curtis L. Graf Ty Holmquist 1932 Ford Roadster 3 "Corky" Harold Rutledge Tim Rutledge 1929 Ford Model A Pickup 4 David Reeder Sawyer Stone 1932 Ford 3 window coupe 5 Rex Gardner Kolton Hastert 1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe […]

Motor Mouth

Yes, Motor Mouth!   Many of you probably guessed from the hints that I gave you recently that Motor Mouth (aka Brian Goudge, our favorite Canadian) will be our announcer in the noon and evening gates.   We are very pleased to have this notable voice leading the Great Race events in each city as we make […]

We cannot tell you how many times we have uttered the words, “Curse you John Classen”.  John is the Rally Master of the Great Race working hard to create fun, yet very challenging routes for our rally.  But really John … we will never forget the 3-legged dog that ran out in front of our […]

Our 1936 Packard (which my navigator wife calls Molly Maroon) is almost ready to go.  Since rebuilding the engine, I have been fighting various little problems.  I now know more about tuning a Packard than I thought possible.  Had the car all ready for a car show last weekend and on the way to the […]

What Lake?

When we tell people we are going on the Great Race one of the first comments we hear is, “Oh you must see beautiful countryside!”    I remember our Rookie year we were driving on a curvy road with frequent speed changes.  As the driver my focus was keeping the car on the road, looking ahead […]

Are you sleeping?

I will never forget one morning our Rookie year … We were on a transit (not being timed) on a freeway in Colorado.  It was about 9:30am and I had the ’41 Packard pegged on 50 mph.  After a bit Pat leaned over and said, “Are you asleep?”  I looked at the speedometer and said, […]

Patrick is working away on our ’31 Buick Racer.  We are hoping the weather here in Oregon clears soon and warms up to at least 60 so we can get the old gal out of the house and on the road for a test run late next week!   Oh well, that is my Navigator/Mechanic’s problem.  […]

48 Days and counting!

Wow, here we are only 48 days until The Great Race and our “new” ’31 Buick Racer is in pieces in our house (not in our Garage – actually IN our house!)   Finally after a week of panic about our brake problems we think it is solved and Patrick is frantically beginning reassembly of the […]

After spending most of the winter in pieces in our garage Maxine is finally back together and running. With a big smile on his face, Gary tells me Maxine is in good condition and he is pleased with her performance. YEA HIP HIP HOORAY!!! Since Maxine is in good rally condition then the pressure is […]

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