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!
16 comments about “Great Race 2018 Day 7 — Crossing into Canada”
Very interesting and exciting event, Rosanne and I watched the teams leave Buffalo on the 23rd. Thank you for this great site so we can keep abreast of what is going on.
Blown away by the stunningly beautiful photography. The photographers and videographer’s are very professional. Impressive.
We caught the race at their lunch stop at Mt Washington, NH and was so much fun listening to “Motor Mouth” Brian talk about the cars and their drivers (navigators) as they we’re pulling in.
Wish I were going to be in CA for the 2019 running of The Great Race. The route up the coast is going to be spectacular.
New London, NH
It was really great seeing you in New Brunswick. My father and I watched for 2 hours on the highway outside Saint John, taking tons of photos as many of the drivers honked and waved to us. Thanks for making an enjoyable start to the Canada day weekend!
Way to go Howard and Douglas !! Just a reminder to NEVER underestimate the Sharp racing team!!
We were returning home from a vacation in Canada to the US and kept seeing these great race cars. Stopped at one of the first full service gas stations on our return to US and the gas station was loaded with cars. We took some pictures. Felt sorry for one team who was trying to fix a broken radiator hose. Couldn’t wait to get home to look up the details of this race on the internet. We evidently left Halifax too soon.
Enjoyed your stop in Moncton NB, classy vehicles.Safe Traveling as you finish up in Halifax NS. The O’Connor’s from Moncton
Great pictures, thanks for posting! We watched the cars come into Gardiner, Maine and then the next day at Owl’s Head! What a fun event to watch!
On behalf of MaritimeClassicCars.com, HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality) welcomes all the participants in the Great Race. Halifax and Dartmouth is one of the hot spots for the classic car scene and the downtown venues will be buzzing tonight and tomorrow afternoon. The weather man has certainly cooperated and we are looking towards seeing these amazing vehicles.
Loved seeing The Great Race vehicles in Rothesay, N.B. yesterday! I worked night shift but did not want to miss the event. I have been following the race all along. Love Old cars and go to all the Car Shows. Family tradition with My Uncle and Sister and Brother in Law participating. I Took a couple hundred photos, loved every Minute. Thank you for coming to Atlantic Canada!
Love watching the cars roll into Truro NS this afternoon.
My family participated in this race four different years & I thought your site did an awesome job depicting what it looks and feels like. Great job!
Love the pictures especially the ones from Albert County! Watching you drive by my house and hearing all the horns honking for the neighborhood kids (and the kids at heart) made my night!
Looking forward to seeing the finish tomorrow in Halifax. My parents had the privilege to see the Great Race drive past their house this afternoon on their way through Middle Musquodoboit, NS! ??
Does anyone know what time they start leaving from Dartmouth tomorrow?
Do you ever show the exact rout that is driven? I would love to see what roads they are on and all the twits and turns.
Diana D Dartmouth N.S.,
Great to see all the wonderful cars, today at in Dartmouth.