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Great Race, days 05 and 06: From Indianapolis to Ypsilanti, via Auburn

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 Sportsman racers James and Louis Goode cross the finish line in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in their 1965 Chevrolet Corvette. Photo by author.

Day five of the Great Race on Wednesday took teams from the host hotel in Indianapolis (the finish line was in Franklin) to a lunch stop in downtown Wapakoneta, Ohio, where a large and enthusiastic crowd gathered to see the race’s only stop in the Buckeye State. Teams then made the trek to the finish line at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. Several teams experienced some level of trouble – overall leaders Jeff and Eric Fredette replaced a brake line at the lunch stop, for instance – but there were no official breakdowns.

 At the finish, it was veteran Expert division racers Louise and Jim Feeney, in their 1936 Ford Fordor DeLuxe police car, taking the day’s win with a time of 6.64 seconds off perfect. Other division winners were as follows:

Grand Champion – the Sharps in their 1916 Hudson Hillclimber, with a time of 9.24 seconds (good for 3rd overall);

Sportsman – former X-Cup racers Scott and Mallory Henderson in their 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang convertible, with a time of 15.52 seconds (good for 8th overall);

Rookie – 16-year-old Olivia and 14-year-old Genna Gentry in their 1963 Dodge Dart convertible, with a time of 20.27 seconds (good for 15th overall);

X-Cup – the team from the Automobile Driving Museum in their 1959 Edsel, with a time of 52.92 seconds (good for 31st overall).


Day six (Thursday) took teams to the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, for lunch, before finishing in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Four teams required assistance from the sweep truck, although we know that at least one of those three was able to roll into the finish under its own power.

 When times were tallied, it was Experts Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry in their 1932 Ford Cabriolet, with a time of 8.91 seconds off perfect. Other division winners were:

Grand Champion – the Sharps, with a time of 13.20 seconds (good for sixth overall);

Sportsman – Jeff Breault and Mark Keeny in their 1936 Packard 120B convertible coupe, with a time of 17.43 seconds (good for 14th overall);

Rookie – Olivia and Genna Gentry, with a time of 22.20 seconds (good for 19th overall);

X-Cup – Team Murfreesboro in their 1953 Pontiac Chieftain, with a time of 30.20 seconds (good for 28th overall).

After six days of competition, things are heating up on top of the overall leader board, with Knowles and Gentry (at 24.30 seconds) now leading Jeff and Eric Fredette, who are a few ticks of the stopwatch behind, with a time of 25.27 seconds.

 Day seven (Friday) will take the remaining 110 teams to the Stahl’s Automobile Museum – in Chesterfield, Michigan – for lunch (first car is scheduled to arrive at 12:20 p.m.), before finishing on Main Street in downtown Frankenmuth, Michigan (first car is scheduled to arrive at 5:15 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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