The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty keeps rolling as we complete day four’s trek from Chico, California to Eureka, California. The day’s route started with rallying through some beautiful Northern California farmland. Rice fields and various orchards and groves offered a great view with mountains in the distance. Unfortunately, a high-speed police chase put a halt to the first three legs, as the Highway Patrol closed the roads we were using in the rally. About a third of the field made it through those legs, but the rest of the teams were re-routed. So, after a quick scramble from our competition staff, we were back on track after grabbing some delicious lunch at the lunch stop in Willits, California. We’re always blown away when we get a huge lunch crowd on a weekday, and Willits certainly didn’t disappoint.
From there, we jumped back on Highway 101 and made our way into Leggett, which is home to the Drive Thru Tree Park and the famous “Chandelier Tree”, which stands 314 feet high and measures 21 feet in diameter. The park was part of our route, giving all racers a chance to pass through the tree and have their photo taken…it was a fun experience for everyone. Only three of the racers couldn’t fit (the Bluesmobile, the F-1 panel truck and the Willys pickup were too tall). Each racer will receive an 8×10 framed copy of the photo at the awards banquet in Tacoma. We won’t bore you with a picture of each and every racer passing through the tree, but here are some highlights from today’s route, which culminated in the beautiful town of Eureka, California, which is positioned on the Pacific Coast. By the time the racers reached the day’s finish line, temperatures were in the 50’s with a cool breeze and fog rolling in from the coast…a big difference from yesterday’s scorcher. Chad and Jennie Caldwell won the day with a score of 2.42 seconds in their stunning 1931 Auburn. Tomorrow we pass into Oregon and continue our journey, so follow along with us and check back for more updates!