After seven days of rallying, the competition always intensifies on Championship Days. The final two days of competition are always challenging and our Director of Competition John Classen gave the teams a true workout today. The morning route was a scenic ride through the mountains in Virginia. Speed changes and terrain changes were plentiful on the first legs of the rally. We rolled into Galax, Virginia for lunch, and were welcomed by a nice crowd of locals. They cheered the loudest for the hometown team, Tom Littrell and his purple Ford Model A speedster that competes in the X-Cup division. Just south of Galax, we hopped onto the Blue Ridge Parkway for part of the afternoon rally, then the racers took part in one of the most intricate mazes in Great Race history. The series of turns sent racers into multiple loops all afternoon long. It was challenging for both driver and navigator, but it was certainly fun to watch the cars maneuvering in every which way. As the course concluded, we had a relatively short transit into Mooresville, North Carolina, also known as Race City USA. Home to many NASCAR teams, racing parts manufacturers and custom shops, Mooresville is packed full of very talented car enthusiasts. Our stop downtown was one of the most well attended stops we’ve ever seen–shoulder to shoulder for blocks! We loved the venue, and the food was great too…but now it’s time to rest up and get ready for the final day of competition and the big finish in Greenville, South Carolina!
Stage 8 Winners: Jeff and Kylie Hermanson