(Words and photos by Tommy Lee Byrd) –
The Great Race started in Ogunquit, Maine, which is a cool vacation town with a bunch of fancy hotels and eateries. The opening reception was held at the Beachmere Inn.
Get this guy a sway bar! This Hudson dragged the rocker panels on multiple occasions, even on mild corners. This is a pretty extreme case, as you can see by the distorted tire.
The Fredette’s (Jeff and Eric) sling this ’33 Ford truck around like it’s a go cart and always have a smile on their face. They use the attack approach to matching the predetermined time, and it certainly works—they finished second overall.
We walked into a bar like we owned the place, and went up to the upstairs balcony to get this shot. This is in Brattleboro, Vermont.
I honestly don’t remember if this was in Vermont or New York, but we stopped at this guy’s place because he was sitting outside watching the cars go by. The barn and surrounding farmland made for some cool shots.
The Valley Forge Casino Resort parking lot was a hot spot for repairs, including the most intense repair of the event. The Fredette’s had to completely remove the engine and transmission in the parking lot.
Team Coker Tire sported a cool bare metal ’32 Ford roadster pickup. It’s Flatheadpowered and features a Mitchell overdrive.
I had fun chatting with this guy, who cheered on each and every racer that went by.
Covered bridges are cool, and anytime we’re in the Northeast, the rally master sends us through one. This one, however, was the most high-traffic covered bridge we’ve ever seen.
The racers are on the clock for the majority of their day and stuff like tractors, trains, draw bridges, etc. will totally throw off their time. The ’69 Camaro RS/SS convertible probably put the 396 to use trying to make up for lost time.
Yep, there was an AMX on the Great Race this year.
Transverse leaf springs and solid axles offer some intense body roll on many of the pre-WWII cars and trucks. This Ford produce truck is leaning hard under an accelerated left turn.
Ok, so it isn’t just the pre-WWII cars that suffer from body roll. This ’57 Ford is working hard. This is the McPherson College team, which one the X-Cup division.
Some of the rally instructions call for “mazes”. A Maze is when the route overlaps, or where racers pass each other in opposite directions. A flower-painted Corvair van turns
opposite of a ’37 Bugatti tribute car.
I love seeing old cars along the route and this year I was able to work this old Edsel into a couple of my shots.
Being at the right place at the right time makes for some cool shots of the drivers and cars working hard.
The General Lee had mechanical issues early on, but made it to the finish. We were slightly disappointed that we didn’t see one single burnout or drift out of these guys
Now this thing is rowdy. It’s a GMC five-ton pickup that rides on a modern chassis. It has a modern diesel engine and some majorly huge Michelin tires.
I’m personally glad they raised the age limit of the Great Race to allow muscle cars to come out and play. I dig this Mercury Comet.
Chad and Jennie Caldwell bring the whole family along on the Great Race and debuted a new car this year—a 1931 Auburn boattail roadster. In case you’re wondering,
the color is Cyber Green from a new Camaro.
The Villages, Florida was packed with people, and the crowds extended down the side streets and areas surrounding the finish line.
Barry and Irene Jason won the Great Race in their 1966 Mustang. This team is unstoppable, as this is their third win in the a row. This is the first time a team has won the event in a post-WWII car.