Olivia’s Final 2015 Recap

July 1, 2015

As the banquet ended I couldn’t help myself from running onto the stage and giving the biggest hug I could manage to our newest recipient of the Spirit of The Event award (Brian Goudge, aka Motormouth). Motormouth has been a huge part of The Great Race for as long as I can remember. He has sacrificed endlessly for the race, even missing his grandchildren’s school banquets, and I could not think of a better person to receive one of my favorite awards. When I 1st started writing these I began to find myself reading through his each night for inspiration, and asking him questions the next day. He is without a doubt the best mentor I could have ever asked for, and I am beyond blessed that he continues to do this event each year. I am so happy for you Motormouth, and thank you for everything that you have done to make this event what it is today.

I believe Motormouth left California on Monday, as did a lot of the Great Race family, each individual heading back to their home town. For me, this is truly the hardest part of the race; each year I dread having to say goodbye to all of my friends, new and old. After a great breakfast at Coker Tire followed by a very educational tour I was forced to say goodbye to the few racers that were still in town. This year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty definitely exceeded it’s standards, and I have to admit I am already excited for next year. I have loved writing for all of y’all, and I can’t wait to see all of y’all next year! Thanks to all for the continuous support!

– Olivia Gentry

5 comments about “Olivia’s Final 2015 Recap”

  • I’ve enjoyed your blog. You certainly told the story of the event. I agree Motormouth is an important part of the Great Race and deserves the Spirit of the Event award.

  • Thank you Olivia, since we were put out the first day due to a mishap with another car, we were able to follow this Great event with your posts. We will try again next year and we will follow your post again, hopefully from our Hotel rooms alone the course. Thank you again and see you next year. Team Vick!

  • Thank you Olivia! I am blessed in so many ways. Your kind words remind me of why we call participants in the Great Race, ‘family’! I will continue to follow the Knowles/Gentry family with great interest. Aim high…Achieve your goals!

  • Olivia: What a pleasure to get to know you personally and through your blogs! It’s definitely friends like you and your family that keep us coming back each year!! You and your sister are a breath of fresh air. We underscore Motormouth’s comment for you (and your sister): “AIM HIGH”….and go for it! — bill and carolyn

  • I could not agree more, Corky, you and the entire rally staff were really amazing, this was my first time navigating this event, Brian(Motormouth) did a GREAT JOB, it was a pleasure to know that you all would be there at the end of each days run, we had the time of our lives this year, thank you!
    Mike and PeeWee.

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