The 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is on the road! We blasted off from the Historic Springfield district of Jacksonville, Florida this morning, and boy was it hot! With temperatures in the 90’s and that good ol’ Florida humidity, it was a blistering start to an awesome day one. Our route sent us into Georgia through the back roads, and we didn’t have a hosted lunch stop today, due to the timing of the start and the overnight stop. After navigating some long straightaways, narrow two-lane roads and a few twists and turns that led to the beautiful town of Tifton, Georgia. The crowd in Tifton braved the heat and watched as the cars rolled onto Main Street. It was a beautiful setting, as we ended our first day on the route, and we finished it off with one of the best meals we’ve ever had on the Great Race. Homemade blueberry and peach cobbler with homemade ice cream put it over the top!
The competition was super tight, and we were trying to hunt down the daily winner and finding that LOTS of racers had excellent scores. We’re talking 2, 3 and 4 second scores, plus the car’s age multiplying factor. The top 9 teams in today’s rally were scored at under 5 seconds off of the pre-determined time. It came down to Jeff and Eric Fredette in their 1933 Ford pickup, and Gary and Jean Ann Martin in their Coker Tire sponsored Chevy II. Both teams scored a 2 second overall score, but the pickup truck’s better age factor gave them the advantage with a final corrected score of 1.63 seconds. The scores will undoubtedly get shaken up as we make our way up the Dixie Highway, and tomorrow will feature a long haul from Tifton, Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee with a lunch stop in Newnan, Georgia to break up the 300-mile trek. Check back tomorrow for more highlights, and remember to check out the scores HERE, and as always, keep up with us on Instagram and Facebook!