We continue chipping away the days of this great adventure, but today was a pretty big milestone as we crossed the boarder into Canada. The Great Race has crossed into Canada on a few occasions, but this time, we took the Eastern route by crossing into New Brunswick. It was a long haul from Bar Harbor, Maine to the Canadian boarder, so the racers didn’t go on the clock until after they crossed the boarder. Another milestone for today was crossing into the Atlantic Time Zone, a first for the Great Race. Even though we got an early start, our morning route was relatively short and straightforward, leading us to Rothesay, New Brunswick for lunch. Thankfully, we had great weather today, which encouraged all of the locals to get their old cars out and show them off. We also noticed a bunch of locals sitting and watching the cars as they entered and exited Rothesay.
As we left Rothesay, on our way to today’s final stop in Moncton, New Brunswick, we noticed an awesome Great Race block party happening a few towns over in Sussex. They had a live band, tons of people, and several old cars parked on the street. One thing is for sure–they were having a good time!
Onto Moncton we went, winding through the back roads with incredible views of the Bay of Fundy throughout our afternoon journey. Once again, the course was tough, due to the constant elevation changes, and speed change instructions. We had another new daily winner today, as Howard and Doug Sharp finished at the top of the heap with an astounding score of 3.30 seconds. Even more astounding is the fact that a rookie team scored the best raw score (before the car’s age factor is applied). It was Kari Schives and Kaitlyn Stahl in their Ford Mustang. Because of the age difference, the Sharp’s 1916 Hudson got the advantage with the age factor. Another notable item in the standings is the change in the overall cumulative leader. Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry are now leading Jeff and Eric Fredette by a mere margin of 0.29 second. You can check out the Stage 7 and Cumulative scores here: https://www.greatrace.com/results
Our original plan was to have the evening stop at the Waterfront Park in Moncton, but the likelihood of severe weather encouraged us, and the local event organizers to move it indoors. The Moncton Coliseum offered plenty of room for the Great Racers, giving them a dry place for the spectators to check out all the cars. A delicious meal was provided, as was a movie and live entertainment. The storm eventually rolled in, and we dispersed to our respective hotels. Tomorrow, we head into Nova Scotia, and we’re sure the action will get hotter as we inch closer to the finish line. Stay tuned as we will be crowning a winner in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday afternoon!