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Updates – April 14th

This Week’s email update comes to you from our Director of Competition, John Classen. Hello Great Racers, Rachel and I have just finished Course Run #2 for this year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race. It was a challenging run. In the south, we had days of heavy rain and a morning of thick fog. And […]

The All Stars for Autism Rally is coming up at the end of the month. Stay tuned to the VCRA website for more details. 2011 ALL STARS for AUTISM Rally in Grove, OK

Navigator Notes

By now you are probably wondering what purpose I have in the event since in my previous posts I wrote that I didn’t get involved with the car maintenance or driving.    When Gary & I first started in this sport there was no question of who would do what. I know my limitations and am […]

Over the last couple of days we have finally been able to take the speedster out and run her hard getting ready for the Great Race. Over the winter the master of flatheads, Rex Gardner of Flat Motor Research in Grove, OK, rebuilt our engine and gave us a little more power to boot. Need […]

After the Coker Challenge last September, my wife agreed to be the navigator for the Great Race this year.  The only problem was that we did not have an appropriate car.  So while on vacation back East, I found a 1936 Packard 120 coupe on e-bay and was the successful bidder.  The car had previous […]

Rally Equipment

Now let’s talk about vehicle preparation and rally equipment.  By now you have already selected your car for the rally.  Make sure that your vehicle has all the required equipment as described in the regulations section IX.B.  Also obtain all the miscellaneous equipment.  Now that your vehicle meets all the requirements, the object is to […]

Getting started in vintage car competitive rallying can be intimidating.  I remember preparing for my first rally.  I had dozens of questions, and few sources of information.  I found an experienced rallyist who was a great help.  First off, when he found that I was and engineer (so was my navigator at the time), he […]

“The adventure of a lifetime that you can enjoy every summer!”   That’s one of the descriptions that my good friends Tom and Sandi McRae used to describe the Great Race.    Well, by now many of the Great Race followers know about its recent history and why Coker ended up with it.    Bottom line is this […]

First Post

If you have found your way to this blog, you either have already signed up for the 2011 Great Race or are seriously considering it. If you have not signed up yet, go ahead and take the plunge. Some racers say that these rallies are the most fun you can have with your clothes on! […]

Getting Ready

For the record, I am not a “car person”. My knowledge of cars is limited to putting in gas, turning on the key and driving. What makes a car do what it does is totally foreign to me. Because of this, all the choices of cars and any maintenance needed is Gary’s responsibility. When we […]

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