Anyone that has ever participated in even one Great Race knows the legend of Curtis Graf. I call Curtis my friend, but I dont think there has ever been a person he has met that didnt consider him their friend as well; Curtis is just that kind of guy that loves everyone and everyone loves him.
Curtis is the only person to have competed in every Great Race since the first event in 1983, including winning the famous Ottawa to Mexico City race in 1995. I cant imagine the tens of thousands of miles he has logged participating in the Great Race, most in his trusty 1916 Packard Twin Six roadster. Curtis told me once that his Packard was a 100-point car that won several national awards before he started racing it. Now look at it, he said. I think it still looks fantastic and is an icon of the event.
Curtis was getting ready for another Great Race with navigator Ty Holmquist, but took some time this winter to take his grandson skiing. But word has come from Curtis wife Faye that he has broken his ankle while skiing and has had to have some major surgery. Faye says Curtis is doing good and will make the start in Traverse City, Michigan, on June 23, but that it is a little crazy around the Graf household as you can imagine.
Get well Curtis! We cant imagine the Great Race without you.
15 comments about “Get Well Soon to Great Race Legend, Curtis Graf”
Heal up, so we can trade paint in Michigan!
What an awesome car and an awesome guy!
Jeff I am taking 1916 packard not 32 ford on race this year,
We wish you a speedy recovery!
Follow the Dr’s orders and you will be in Michigan.
Curtis has always greeted us warmly ever since we started, and his Texas humor has always been appreciated, especially after a rough day. We’ve seen him in tough spots before, like when the fan broke on the Packard and they had to limp it in to avoid the DNF(they made it). I’m sure he’s agonizing over the race, and we hope he has a speedy recovery and that we can see him in Traverse City. Wouldn’t be GR without him.
Curtis is a GREAT competitor. Wishing him a speedy recovery. Looking forward to seeing the Curtis & Ty team in Michigan.
Thanks to all for the well wishes for my Dad! He is indeed a “fierce” competitor and will do everything in his power to get to race this year. I will set the record straight and confirm he did not have surgery–yet. We are hoping to avoid that and trying to keep him off the ankle and resting …. But this guy never stops going and going!!
Curtis! Weld some steel bracing and duct tape on that ankle! We need you out there. Who else brings 12 pistons with him everywhere?
Hey Curtis, Best wishes for a quick and painless healing. Mr. Pat wants to know – throttle or clutch ankle? See ya in Traverse City!
Can’t keep a good man down! We will be praying for you. Sister, Sam and I still consider you our hero! Huggies to Faye.
This ‘minor’ incident won’t keep you away. I know that you’ll be there racing just like always. Get that surgery now and start healing FAST!
Bruce, call me. Curtis
NOTHING will stop Curtis. Not broken engine parts, not broken car parts, nor any of his own body parts. The only thing that will stop Curtis, is Curtis stopping to help others. Get well and get your fun stuff done at the same time.
Alan and Mary Travis
My goal is to best you at least one leg during our 9 day event. Hope you are well soon. See you in June. Jim