Howard and Doug Sharp Win the 2024 Great Race

July 1, 2024

The 2024 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Coker Tire culminated on Sunday, June 30th in front of thousands of spectators in Gardiner, Maine. The event, which began in Owensboro, Kentucky is a nine-day, 2,300-mile time, speed, distance rally that puts man (or woman) and machine to the ultimate endurance test. The Great Race is all about precision driving, and the team with the score that is closest to the Rally Master’s pre-determined time wins the event and takes home $50,000. This year, it was Howard and Doug Sharp, a father-and-son team from Fairport, New York. They campaign a 1916 Hudson, which is fashioned after a Pikes Peak Hill Climb racer. Despite its age, the car is very reliable and gives the Sharps a scoring advantage, due to the “age factor” multiplier. Howard and Doug are always a contender for the win, and they strung together nine days of awesome rallying, which resulted in a final score of 1 minute and 00.16 seconds. The Sharps took home top daily honors on Stage 4 and Stage 6, earning them additional hardware, as well as Coker Tire gift certificates to go toward a new set of those Excelsior radials. Congratulations to Howard and Doug, who are now five-time Great Race Grand Champions.

6 comments about “Howard and Doug Sharp Win the 2024 Great Race”

  • Awesome, Congrats to the Sharps. I was thrilled to watch them and everyone else come into Frostburg, Md .

  • Congratulations to the Sharps!
    Wonderful time seeing these cars go through the town of Lewisburg, PA. Thanks to all the racers for sharing their motor sports with us.

  • Congrats to the Sharps! We were thrilled to have you visit Montgomery NY and get to meet each of the teams!!!

  • Hi Howard and Doug,
    Congrats on yet another win. I remember chatting with you about this race in your bike shop on Main Street in Fairport many years ago. It may have been your first or a very early race.
    BTW, doesn’t look like you’ve aged much.
    Happy 4th of July
    Wayne Bowerman

  • Hi congratulations from the Western NY Hudson club we did see you in Lockport a few years ago, yours truly Chuck Gugino president.

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