ARGH! Cussword, cussword, obscentity, flowery descriptive frustration, etc . . .
So New Bern, NC is about 20 minutes up the road from me and that's where everyone pulled into last night. Obviously they've moved on from there but DANG IT! I had no idea about it. I'd have driven Eliza up there to tool around and check out the other cars. My friend from work said she couldn't believe I didn't know about it since I fool with old cars all the time. She said the oldest car she saw was a 1915 (Idk what make or model).
Just so ya'll know, anybody down towards Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, they're headed your way! Super frustrated I missed it. Oh well.
Two teams from our local Half Fast Motoring Society are taking part. Richard Ferdette who has participated many times and does very well, and Jimmy Glascow, a newbie. We are looking forward to their return as I'm sure there will be tales to tell!!
Supposed to be in Jacksonville this Saturday at the Springfield Cruise in Peggy and I will be taking the roadster and hoping it doesn’t r-word
I didn't know it was still going on, thought the whole thing had shut down a few years ago. Either I live in a vacuum, or their publicity stinks.
Lousy media coverage indeed.
Here's the webpage link : http://www.greatrace.com/news/2014-great-race-start.html
Yea, they don't publicize it enough. It was in Concord NC a few years ago and I missed it. 14 mile drive and I could a seen it all.
I sat out in front of the garage at my friends and watched it pass through Williamstown Ma, did have to halt work on the t for a while!
I don't know what is so secret about the thing.It is almost like who ever puts on the event doesn't want people to know.I would have really enjoyed being able to walk around and see the cars and such.But by the time I found out about it being so close, I had done went elsewhere for the weekend.
Actually Mack, you are right. I got lucky to see it! And didn't even realize what it was until I noticed the great race sticker on the sides of the cars. The cool part is its a timed trial and they must have been going to fast earlier before they got to me, they were only going about fifteen mph past my place, so I got to enjoy them, plus the angry motorists behind them!
They were in Rochester NH and Lowell MA on the 21st.
If they followed this route they would have passed less than 5 miles from my home.
They've been running a full page ad in Hemmings Classic Car mag.
Well that's nice--but Hemmings' readers is a very small segment of the population, even the old car population. I'm not looking for another car, so I don't read it & if I need parts, there's the 'net.
Not trying to be negative, but if that's the extent of their marketing, they are missing a LOT.
Hemmings is the main sponsor and has been for years, other car forum like AACA follow this, the Great Race has been going on for years now.
Back years ago they came by Gainesville FL and made a time stop, so I got to view some of them.
Great race came through Oroville one year, Loong time ago. I drove my steam car through the gate while they were setting up. Don't think anyone knew what it was, as I got no looks at all! (car looked a lot like a curved dash Oldsmobile, so it certainly didn't look modern!) I was working out the bugs and it wasn't running well then, so didn't hang around, had to get it back to the shop before I ran out of steam! Sometimes wish I still had that car. . .
That's back in the days when Interstate Batteries sponsored it, and there was LOTS of publicity about.
I don't know where else the race may or may not be be advertised. Just commenting there is at least one place it was advertised. I take "Classic Car" mag. (not the Hemmings catalog/mag.) and enjoy it's content on a wide variety of restoration, professional articles and old car information.
The Great Race came through Fayetteville several years ago and made a stop on the square here. It was mentioned in our local paper, but I didn't really know anything about it then. I thought about going to see the cars but was busy at work that day. I think Ralph was still running in it then. Yet another missed opportunity; the story of my life.
This is what I remember of Arkansas:
Lunch in the old courthouse in Jonesboro.
Our own Hal Schedler
Slept a little at the big hotel in Hot Springs.
Driving up to Petit Jean riding near the edge of the asphalt, as is my habit. Camera car following us saw a big black snake strike the rear wheel and hold on long enough to get twisted in a coil and thrown back into the grass. Liz wouldn't get out of the camera car at Petit Jean, while the rest of us had a pit stop.
Driving through a T-storm into Russelville for lunch. As we started to drive away in the pouring rain, somebody hollered that we were losing oil. The bendix cover had come loose. If you can't be good, be lucky.
Driving a ridge line west for an impressive vista.
Staying in some city in Western Ark.
Oops! Wrong pic of Hal.