Bryan & Ian Deering in their 1935 Ford 5-window Coupe roll into the finish ahead of overall winners Erin & Brad Kaplan in their 1966 Ford Mustang.
The Hagerty Trophy Run, the traditional prelude to the Great Race, was held on Friday in the Jacksonville region of Florida. Doubling as a tiebreaker for the Great Race, nearly all of the 120 teams took the opportunity to run the rally, which started and finished at the host hotel. It was a brief four-hour route, but still challenging, especially with temperatures climbing into the mid-nineties.
When all the scores were tallied, Sportsman competitors Erin & Brad Kaplan were the day’s overall winners with a time of 2.94 seconds off perfect in their 1966 Ford Mustang, collecting two Aces along the way (an Ace is a timed segment, or leg, of the rally in which the team has a perfect score of 0.00 seconds off perfect). Finishing second 4.86 seconds off perfect were former Great Race Grand Champions Curtis Graf & Wayne Bell in their 1932 Ford Roadster, followed by The Expert Division team of John & Scott Hudson with a time of 5.10 seconds in their 1940 Chevrolet Master. Rookie winners were Neil Myerscough & Shanna Chatraw in their 1960 Studebaker Hawk with a time of 8.55 seconds (good for 10th overall), while the X-Cup winners were Team Galax (of Virginia) with a time of 30.42 seconds (good for 50th overall).