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Great Race, Day 02: Newnan lunch stop

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Finally out of the oppressive Florida heat, the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Insurance travel through Newnan, Georgia, today. The city is home to one of the true families of the Great Race, Chad and Ginny Caldwell, whose 1931 Auburn speedster was featured on the cover of Hemmings Motor News last year. I say true families because literally all four members of the Caldwell family are racers to the core. The parents are one of the top few teams who have a legitimate chance to win the $50,000 first prize, while their children Cole and Ashley have been assisting as support members of the Great Race since they were very young. They both sold programs at each stop in their early teens and now that both have grown before our eyes, Cole helps with set-up and breakdown at each lunch and dinner stop. Ashley could not participate for the entire race this year, for the first time that I can remember, due to school, however, she was the standard bearer at the welcoming ceremony in her hometown today, along with her palomino barrel pony.

The City of Newnan had a huge turnout and is a very beautiful city with many buildings downtown built in the early 1900s including city hall and the Alamo theater, built in the 1920s, from the look of the architecture.

We were also greeted by a large contingency of classic cars displayed by local enthusiasts. Some traditionally restored to their former glory and others tastefully customized. Tomorrow we change time zones for one day as we head towards Murfreesboro. Our Ford speedster is running well and the Hemmings race team is producing low scores, which is what we want from them. Scores should be kept as close to prefect times as possible so a low score, in this case, is a good thing.

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This year, we’re adding something special to our Great Race effort: a fundraising goal for Alzheimer’s Association. Donate a penny per mile – just one cent for every mile the Hemmings speedster covers – and it’ll all go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” fundraiser. Assuming the Hemmings team completes the entire 2,351-mile event, you’ll donate $23.51 to a great cause.

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