G.R. Pike and Bobby Hadskey, the 2004 Great Race winners, have entered the 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty after a two-year absence. They are scheduled to participate in G.R.’s right hand drive 1916 Hudson Indy race car, which they won the event in 12 years ago in Monterey, California. Pike, the driver, is from Searcy, Arkansas, and Hadskey, the navigator, is from Germantown, Tennessee.
The 2016 Great Race will start on Saturday, June 18, in San Rafael, California. That city, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, was the finish line in 2006 when another 1916 Hudson – the four-passenger speeder of Dave Reeder’s – won the race. Reeder and his grandson navigator Sawyer Stone are considering bringing back their 1916 Hudson for the 2016 race. If that happens, there will be at least three 100-year-old vehicles in next year’s race. Defending champions Howard and Doug Sharp will again be campaigning their 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber. The Sharps’ won the Great Race for the second time last month when they edged out Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles and their 1932 Ford Cabriolet at the finish on the Santa Monica Pier in California.