What inspiring crowds we’ve had all along the route! Today at East Stroudsburg and this evening at Valley Forge, the enthusiasm has been great! Large, knowledgeable crowds have greeted us at every stop. One of the things that I get to hear everyday that the racers don’t is the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. At each stop, I’ve thought, “This is the best anthemist I’ve ever heard”. At each stop, it seems that the singing of that anthem just gets better!
Today was a tough day of competition and it appears as I look from the hotel room out on to the parking lot that there will be a number of teams putting in long hours to get their vehicles back in to the race by morning. Each evening at the finish line, if a race team needs a part or some form of assistance, “MotorMouth” puts out the call…last night for an oil cap for a ’62 VW, tonight, a transmission for a ’32-’34 Model B Ford… The amazing thing is that I have never asked for help that someone in the crowd hasn’t come to the rescue, and that goes for tonight. Who would have thought that someone out there would have the needed transmission and then offer to help install it? That’s exactly what’s happening right now, right below in the dark, with flashlights the only source of light…and that’s the uniqueness of the Great Race!