Its always fun to watch the new participants in the Great Race to see how much they like it. Everyone enjoys it, but there are always several folks each year that enter to try it one time and get hooked. And then there are those that get hooked and enjoy preparing a new or different car for the next race. Thats the way it was for me. I believe it was the same for Gary and Jean Ann Martin, Pat and Pat Brothers, Rodney Rucker, Dave Reeder, Howard Sharp, Chad Caldwell and Alan Travis among others. And from the 2012 Rookie Class, I believe the same can be said about Ted Stahl and Buddy Green. And now you can add John Wagner to the list.
John, who raced his 1957 Chevy station wagon in 2012 with his brothers, sent me an email from his Troy, Mich., home the other day about his new ride for 2013. It is a beautiful maroon 1947 Chevrolet with wide whitewall tires. Its good to see some more Chevys in the event from the 1940s. Now we need some more Chevys from the 1930s (are you listening Ed and Brenda Hurst?).
John is getting his new Chevy ready and will be at the start in St. Paul in June and should be a real threat in the Sportsman Division.