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Preliminary Trophy Run Day at the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty

Published in blog.hemmings.com

A hosted social hour was held after the day’s rally followed by an awards ceremony for Friday’s Trophy Run. This day of rallying is a separate preliminary event to the Great Race, which began at Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 22. The Hemmings Ford speedster finished — in the Sportsman’s class with the grandfather and grandson previous Grand Champion team of Dave Reeder and Sawyer Stone taking the overall win for the Trophy Run with a time off 1.62 seconds off of perfect. Past winners Beth Gentry and Jody Knowles finished second with a time only 3.34 seconds off perfect.

1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SL

The Schmidt’s new competition car, found on Hemmings.com.

Probably the best story of the day did not occur on course. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schmidt brought a vintage Riley speedster to this year’s race, only to blow a head gasket during their practice on Thursday. Unphased, they searched through Hemmings.com’s online classifieds and limited their search to within 50 miles of Riverside, California, and were able to locate, purchase, and have delivered to their hotel a 1972 Mercedes 350SL. After installing a magnetic pickup and their Timewise speedometer from the Riley, they were able to make the official start on Saturday.

This 1955 Corvette is driven by Myron Gottfried, with navigator Bruce Herrmann.

Look for more updates from the road in the coming days.

The 1933 Ford Model B Pickup of last year’s overall winners, Jeff and Eric Fredette.

 

This 1941 Ford is driven by Eric Frankenberger, with navigator Aaron Read.

 

Eric and Brad Kaplan compete in this 1966 Ford Mustang.

 

Team Hemmings, Jim Menneto and Stephanie Sigot, finish last Friday’s Trophy Run.

 

Gary and Jean Ann Martin’s 1964 Chevy Nova.

 

A circa-1925 Peerless 8, named “The Green Dragon” after a famous Peerless racing car driven by Barney Oldfield.

 

This 1930 Ford Model A Boattail Speedster is driven by Peter Brown, with navigator Susan Nourse.