As we position ourselves for the finale of the 2019 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, we experienced another excellent day of rallying. Interestingly, the timed portion of today’s course began in Longview, Washington, our lunch host for the day. John Classen designed a course that would send the racers on a series of scenic roads, following the Columbia River. The route included a covered bridge, which is always fun for pictures. Then, we eventually crossed back into Oregon, making a pit stop in the beautiful city of Astoria, Oregon. A quick snack, a restroom break and a bit of fellowship was a perfect way to break up the morning route. The weather was absolutely beautiful in Astoria and the people were very kind. From there, we made our way back to Longview, which hosted one of the largest lunch stops in recent Great Race history. The town welcomed us with open arms, and put on a car show of their own to coincide with our rolling display of vintage iron.
Our afternoon route sent us on a challenging course with the beautiful Mount Saint Helens in view. While the curve and hills were a little less dramatic than previous days, it still offered quite the challenge. We ended the day at the LeMay Collections at Marymount, an absolutely stunning display on the property of an old Catholic boys school in Spanaway, Washington. Harold LeMay spent his life collecting cars, trucks and many other items, and purchased the property many years ago. The sheer quantity of items in the collection could’ve kept us occupied for days, but we made a quick trip through the various buildings and enjoyed a delicious meal while we waited on scores to be tabulated and finalized. Once again, it was Howard and Doug Sharp winning the day, with a mind-boggling score of 2.64 seconds. Can the father and son team win their third Grand Champion title or will Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry come back from a 9 second deficit to take the $50,000 prize? We’ll find out tomorrow!