Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry Win the 2017 Coker Tire Challenge

September 19, 2017

Surprise, surprise! Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry have once again taken home the hardware at the Coker Tire Challenge! The annual three-day rally event begins and ends each day of rallying in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with special events held at Corky Coker’s farm, and the Coker Tire Museum. It covers scenic mountain roads, farm land and lots of fun roads in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama and this year was no different. Jody and Beth have been on a roll as of late, but they cut it pretty close this time, narrowly beating Gary and Jean Ann Martin, thanks to a big difference in age factor. The 1932 Ford Cabriolet used a .810 age factor to obtain a 21.06 second score from a 26 second raw score. The Martins had a better raw score of 24 seconds, but the minimal age factor of .970 put them in second place with a final score of 23.28 seconds. Scott and Mallory Henderson came in third place, followed closely by Annegret Reichmann and Ulrich Kamholz in their 1955 Studebaker. Rounding out the top 5 was Craig Rubright and Garrett Jenkins in their 1937 Ford street rod. Rubright and Jenkins would also end up winning the Bill Coker Spirit of the Event award for their perseverance in making it to the event. The Coker Tire Challenge also served as a great practice session for Great Race Rookies, Dan and Pat Martin who took home the Rookie division victory in their 1965 Corvette coupe. With the 2017 Coker Tire Challenge in the books, it’s time to get serious about the 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. Enjoy our photo highlights and mark your calendars for the third weekend in September 2018, when the Coker Tire Challenge happens again in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Scroll down to see the official cumulative score sheet.

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