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Great Race, day 03: Aces piling up

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Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry arrive in Newnan, Georgia, in their 1932 Ford Cabriolet. Photos by the author.

Of the 120 cars that started the Great Race in Jacksonville, Florida, rally officials told us today that six teams failed to start on day three; a five-leg run from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bowling Green, Kentucky, with a lunch stop built into the schedule in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Those teams included Alvarado & Akasaka (1964 Subaru 360); Street & Barfield (1916 Studebaker Racer); the already documented team of Harpenau & Kucera (1928 Ford Model A Delivery); Team Green (1927 Ford Model T Speedster; although we saw them at the finish line); Ferrell & Wilson (1967 Chrysler 300); and Schoenberg & Goertz (1934 Ford DeLuxe Phaeton).

Several teams reported that, despite the relatively short overall distance (compared to day two), two legs were particularly difficult in terms of keeping their timing in sync with the official rally clock. Road conditions, however, were favorable. One, team – that of Haverty & Pusey – had a second consecutive day of mechanical issues, however.

When the day’s scores were tallied, coming out on top were Expert division competitors Josh Hull & Trevor Stahl in their patriotic themed 1932 Ford Speedster with a time of 4.05 seconds. Coming in second were former Grand Champions Curtis Graf & Wayne Bell in their 1932 Ford Roadster with a time of 7.29 seconds. Other division winners for the day were:

Sportsman – John Corey & Dale Kasson in their 1954 Studebaker Landcruiser with a time of 12.88 seconds (good for 11th overall);

Rookie – Team Vibe in their 1955 Ford Thunderbird with a time of 21.28 seconds (good for 24th overall);

X-Cup – Team Galax in their 1928 Ford Model A Roadster Highboy with a time of 1 minute, 3.96 seconds (good for 61st overall).

Cumulative three-day scores are as follows (by division):

Expert – Jeff & Eric Fredette in their 1933 Ford Pickup 7.34 seconds off perfect;

Grand Champion – Howard & Doug Sharp in their 1916 Hudson Hillclimber with a time of 15.84 seconds (good for 9th overall);

Sportsman – Craig Rubright & Garrett Jenkins in their 1937 Ford Tudor Sedan with a time of 19.64 seconds (good for 11th overall);

Rookie – it’s still Myerscough & Chatraw in their 1960 Studebaker Hawk with a time of 30.40 seconds (good for 36th overall);

X-Cup – the dominance continues for Team Galax with a time of 1-minute, 4.74 seconds ( good for 54th overall).

Sportsman division competitors Jeff Breault & Mark Keeny cross the finish line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in their 1936 Packard 120B Convertible Coupe. They finished the day 41st overall, 32.37 seconds off perfect.

Team Hemmings powered through a (fortunately) minor rear brake issue, finishing the day 31st with a time of 22.68 seconds. In terms of cumulative times, we moved up to 38th overall with a time of 31.08 seconds, with is good for 16th in the Sportsman division. We’ve also collected four Aces in three days.

On day four the Great Race will start to depart Bowling Green at 7:00 a.m. and rally to a lunch stop in French Lick, Indiana (the first car scheduled to arrive on Maple Street at 12:15 p.m.), and will then proceed to the day’s finish line at the Court House in Franklin, Indiana, where the first car is scheduled to arrive at 5:00 p.m.

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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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