We usually drive to the starting point of the race, but this year, we flew from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Boston, Massachusetts to shave some time off our travels.
Before the race even started, a ’36 Ford tore the guts out of its three-speed transmission, and we borrowed a dude’s shop in York, Maine to get it fixed.
It only took a few bolts to remove the entire rear end and wishbone assembly, so that was the easiest way to get quick access to the transmission. This would’ve been much
more difficult without a lift.
One of the dudes at Everett’s Auto Repair did a killer burnout for us after a long evening of working on the ’36 Ford.
I take pictures of all the cool stuff we see on the road. If we had more time, I’d end up with a thousand pictures of cool roadside cars and other interesting things. This old
flatbed truck and Ford coupe are so awesome.
Bob Varsha was the Grand Marshall of the 2014 Great Race, and that’s my traveling partner, Jason beside him during our opening reception.
At one of the fuel stops about half-way through the first day of competition, I spotted someone’s rally instructions in the trash. Must’ve been a tough day…
Humpy Wheeler is a legend in the NASCAR world, and he entered the Great Race in a very cool Hudson Hornet. Jason and I heard some of the greatest stories of all time from
I’m not sure where we were when I spotted this crazy military truck, but it was cool enough to take a picture before we pulled away.
At our Poughkeepsie, New York stop, this Volkswagen Beetle showed up and had us scratching our heads.
The Great Race is a logistical nightmare for the staff, and Jason and I reaped the benefits of a hotel booking mistake in Poughkeepsie. We were awarded a suite for the troubles, and it was great, compared to our normal workstations
My job every night was to dump all of my photos to the laptop and resize the select shots. Then, I would post daily highlights on the Great Race website. Jason’s job involved dumping many gigs worth of video to the laptop and then editing clips for the banquet video
The Fox at East Stroudsburg University stole my Great Race hat and put it on his ear, so I took his or her picture.
This ‘60s GMC four-wheel drive fire truck is just plain cool. We spotted it at the Millsboro, Delaware lunch stop.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is downright freaky. It’s a super long bridge that narrows down to two lanes and then goes WAY under water. It was a $13 toll to cross the
And then there were lots of other bridges like this swivel bridge, which held up quite a few racers.
Oh wait, another bridge. This one felt a bit sketchy because it was sort of narrow and very bumpy.
Oversized shopping carts powered by big block Chevys are mandatory photo material. This one sat at our lunch stop in Clinton, North Carolina. Other notable vehicles at this
stop were a Plymouth Superbird, a Mustang Boss 429 and a couple of Pro Mod drag cars.
Buford T. Justice is a memorable character from Smokey and the Bandit, and a recreation of his patrol car was on display at our Myrtle Beach lunch stop.
Also at the Myrtle Beach lunch stop was a cool collection of vintage stock cars. Fat tires on all four corners, hacked up bodies and rowdy engines make these cars way cool
in our book.
We made a pit stop at a little country store near a creek, so after a bathroom break, we walked over to the creek to check things out. We noticed a turtle struggling to get away
from the bank, and noticed it was tangled up in fishing line. Jason saved the day and released the turtle back into the wild.
Some of our shoot locations offer great scenic views, while others are chosen because of high speed turns. And then sometimes, a dude is mowing his yard and spraying grass
(and probably rocks) onto high dollar cars. It was worth stopping for a picture.
Sometimes, a dozen hot Krispy Kreme donuts are the best therapy for a long road trip. Wash ‘em down with an ice cold Coke, and you have just enough energy to get through
the night, and wake up the next morning with diabetes.
During our overnight stop in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, we got to eat dinner on the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, and then take a tour of the place. It was way cool.
We’ll finish off this piece with the baddest mud truck that I’ve ever seen. I had the hammer down somewhere near Savannah, Georgia when we came upon this rig. They
were undoubtedly headed somewhere to have some fun.