Today marks the half way point of the 2019 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The weather left a little to be desired, as most of our morning consisted of overcast skies, which eventually led to a mist and showers. Mixed with temperatures that struggled to get out of the 50’s it made for some uncomfortable conditions, especially for the open cars. The morning route started with a cool area where wild Elk gather around. They didn’t seem to be too worried about a bunch of old cars rumbling by, so we snapped a few pictures while the Elk ate breakfast. Then, it was a brief run through the Redwoods trees, and back on Highway 101. We saw the Pacific Ocean several times on our route, but the fog and misting rain prevented a nice view of the waves crashing in on the shore.
We made our way to Gold Beach, Oregon for lunch, which was a bit of a washout but we enjoyed a warm and dry area to eat a quick lunch before fueling up and hitting the afternoon route. We made a big loop that provided some great views of the Rogue River, including a couple of one-lane bridges. From there, we re-traced our steps back into California and rallied our way into Grants Pass, Oregon. Just for your information, there is a road that takes you from Gold Beach to Grants Pass…it’s called Bear Camp Road, and it’s a treacherous winding mountain road that is too dangerous for our racers to tackle in vintage machinery. After making our way to Grants Pass, Oregon, we were greeted by thousands of spectators. The crowd was thick, and thankfully the weather improved with a bit of sunshine toward the end of the evening’s festivities. Stage 5 winners were Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry in their 1932 Ford Cabriolet with a score of 4.86 seconds, which bumped them up to third place overall after five days of rallying. Enjoy the rain-soaked photos and come back tomorrow for even more coverage!