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Today’s the day that we celebrate the exciting conclusion of the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. We’re so blessed to have this opportunity to drive old cars on the back roads of America and the excitement culminated with an excellent finish in Traverse City, Michigan. Thousands of people were on hand […]

There is no question that our motto of “to finish is to win” held true today. The folks who crossed the finish line in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan felt like they had truly won this great adventure that we call the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The real winners of this event […]

If there has ever been a family that truly “gets” Great Racing, it’s the Knowles and Gentry family. Joe Knowles planted the vintage car rally seed many years ago, and it has trickled down through the generations. Even though Joe went to be with the Lord several years ago, TWO of his cars rallied with […]

Great Race rally days are all different. Early days are not as challenging as later ones, and the later ones are all challenging in different ways. Today, our last full day of rally action, was a fatigue-test day. It seemed less technical than yesterday, being flatter and with minimal double-back mazes, but it was more […]

Well, tomorrow is the big day. Though it seems like just yesterday this journey began, it will end tomorrow. After a tough day, Genna, and I remain in the lead of the Rookie Division. We have had an absolutely wonderful time throughout this journey, and have all of our friends and family to thank for […]

The end is drawing near! We’ve just completed day 8 of the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. This morning, our route began in beautiful Frankenmuth, Michigan, exiting the Bavarian Inn through a very cool covered bridge. Then, it was a lengthy speedometer calibration run before the racers went “on the clock” […]

This afternoon was with out a doubt the most difficult day of The 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race Presented by Hagerty. Though traffic was heavy throughout the entirety of the day, and roads were rough, my navigator was able to keep everything together, and after pulling through the gate we had a total score […]

Today was all Michigan, all the time! We’re spending a few days rallying up, down and across Michigan, on our way to a finish line in Traverse City. But today’s trek took up from our starting point in Ypsilanti into the heart of some rush hour traffic on the speedometer calibration run. Then, we peeled […]

GOOD NEWS! Team 39 arrived with clean hands today (no mechanical or even electrical problems – other than a balky temperature gauge that resolved itself)! The secret is to gentle the car like an old lady, so we don’t jam up the gears again. GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS! That worked, but the vastly different acceleration profiles […]

The process of four-stroke internal combustion is often described as Suck, Squeeze, Bang, and Blow. Today, Team Bender got the first part of that all right! I hope you’ll pardon me if I focus on our unique experiences today and not the progress of the race generally or the beautiful scenery and stops. Two days […]

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