It was the start of what should been a perfect Great Race day! From Watertown, heading to Fairport, NY, Howard and Doug Sharp’s hometown, I just knew this was going to be special. I had been in touch with Howard several times prior to the start of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2012 presented by Hagerty! He wanted to make sure that all of the planning for the Lunch Stop turned out just right. When I got there, I knew that a lot of hard work hard gone into the planning. The setting was perfect, the huge volunteer committee, the Host-A-Racers…everything was awesome. There was a wonderful opening ceremony, one of the finest offerings of The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America combining both the Fairport Band and a soloist that we have ever heard… everything, including the first car’s heroic welcome home, all the way through to about the 60th car… when I was informed quietly that there had been a collision involving one of our competitive teams. At that point we didn’t know the extent of the accident, nor the condition of one of our Great Race families. I was sick! We are like family on this event. As we got more information, I learned that it involved Steve, Janet and Allison Hedke. We learned that they had been taken to hospital to be checked; their little ’32 Ford Hi-Boy hot rod had been turned on its side. The good news that they were shaken up but alive. This is the end of their Great Race 2012. Tonight should have been so special for them. They won the day yesterday…#1 amongst all their peers!
At the start of every event Corky prays for the safety of the competitors and crews. Tonight Corky lead Great Racers in prayer of thanks for the Hedkes. We’ll miss them as they gather up the pieces. They know the concern of all involved in this amazing family of Great Racers.
Arriving in Buffalo, we put the afternoon behind us and carried on, as the Hedkes asked us to do. Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum was an awesome host. The town was alive as we were welcomed to their great city by Mayor Byron Brown. Now there’s a car guy! There was even a declaration read by State Senator Mark Grisanti hailing today Great Race Day in New York State!
A little lengthy for a blog… so much to say, so much concern for our racers…so much passion for what we get to do…so little time!
Tomorrow’s a new day!