In case you missed it, the 34th installment of the Great Race kicked off this past Saturday (June 24), and this year’s starting point?  Jacksonville, FL…the fourth time the city has seen the race in its 34 year tenure.  The Great Race is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally on public highways. Founded in 1983 by Tom McRae and Norman Miller as a speed/distance rally for classic cars, with the first race being only pre-World War II automobiles…entrants “race” over 2000 miles from a farm near Los Angeles to Indianapolis, IN.

Photo credits to Tommy Lee Byrd and ‘The Great Race’ http://www.greatrace.com/ 2017 (Market Street Bridge, Chattanooga, TN)

Teams are allowed only a guide book, speedometer and clock as they navigate the course through cities, dirt roads, and some of the best scenic back roads in America.   It’s not a test of top speed but rather a test of navigational skills, determination and a great bit of luck (for the team and the car) to endure on a cross-country trip. Competing teams must drive at or below the posted speed limits at all times.  This year over 100 racers will compete for the purse, racing about 1200 miles from Jacksonville, FL to Traverse City, MI.

Photo credits to Tommy Lee Byrd and ‘The Great Race’ http://www.greatrace.com/ 2017

McRae founded the race on “the basis of honoring families, the love of American backroads and most importantly, God, for making all things possible”. McRae is no longer with us, and in 2011 a new race leader stepped in, Corky Coker, of the famous Coker Tire Co. in Chattanooga, TN.

Photo credits to Tommy Lee Byrd and ‘The Great Race’ http://www.greatrace.com/ 2017 (Olgiati Bridge and TN Aquarium)

Which leads us to why we are here…the route just took them directly through Second Daily HQ hometown of Chattanooga, TN.  We wish you all the best of luck, and we really hope you stocked up on some Krystal Burgers, Coke, oil and antifreeze before leaving!

Cars ranged in age from a 1973 Jensen Interceptor to a 1909 American Simplex.  As much as we love the classics here, the Simplex is a bit of a stretch for us to highlight as a potential collectible daily.  So today’s feature car will be the, yeah, you guessed it…the grand touring hand-built British Classic Jensen Interceptor (delayed…still working on getting good photos).

As luck would have it, yesterday’s feature, the Volvo P1800, shares a love affair with the Jensen group as well…so if you haven’t read that piece check it out.  And please visit the Great Race website to keep up with news/events and upcoming races (http://www.greatrace.com).

 

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Here is a list of unique year/make/models in this year’s race:

1964 1/2 Ford Mustang
1971 AMC Javelin
1918 American Lafrance Speedster
1909 American Simplex
1931 Auburn Boattail Speedster
1935 Bentley Saloon
1936 Buick Special
1921 Cadillac
1957 Chevrolet 150
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport
1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air
1972 Chevrolet C-10
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
1968 Chevrolet Caprice
1971 Chevrolet Corvette
1972 Chevrolet Corvette
1940 Chevrolet Coupe
1953 Chevrolet Fire Truck
1950 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS
1964 Chevrolet Nova
1916 Chevrolet Phaeton
1947 Chevrolet Style Master
1940 Chevy
1959 Chevy Corvette
1963 Chevy Corvette
1965 Chevy Corvette
1966 Chevy Corvette
1949 Chevy Truck
1967 Chrysler 300
1966 Dodge Coronet
1963 Dodge Dart
1946 Dodge WD20 Pickup
1959 Edsel
1960 Fiat Multipla
1938 Ford
1930 Ford A
1932 Ford Cabriolet
1935 Ford Coupe
1937 Ford Coupe
1939 Ford Coupe
1934 Ford Deluxe Phaeton
1966 Ford Falcon
1936 Ford Fordor
1967 Ford Galaxy
1932 Ford HI boy Roadster
1928 Ford Model A
1929 Ford Model A
1931 Ford Model A
1930 Ford Model A Coupe
1929 Ford Model A Roader PU
1928 Ford Model A Speedster
1966 Ford Mustang
1964 Ford Police Cruiser
1965 Ford Ranchero Deluxe
1930 Ford Roadster
1932 Ford Roadster
1948 Ford Sedan
1932 Ford Speedster
1933 Ford Speedster
1955 Ford Thunderbird
1968 Ford Torino
1933 Ford Truck
1936 Ford Tudor Sedan
1937 Ford Tudor Sudan
1932 Ford Victoria
1937 GMC Truck
1952 GMC Truck
1916 Hudson
1916 Hudson Super Six
1965 International Scout 80
1963 Jaguar E Type
1969 Jaguar XKE
1973 Jensen Interceptor
1940 LaSalle Convertible
1948 Lincoln Continental
1950 Maserati A6 1500
1972 Mercedes 350 SL
1972 Mercedes 350 SLC
1948 Mercury Woody Wagon
1959 MG MGA1600
1966 MGB
1928 Model A Ford highboy
1927 Model T Speedster
1966 Mustang
1968 Mustang Coupe
1971 Nissan KPGC10
1955 Oldsmobile 98
1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
1935 Packard 120
1941 Packard 120 Coupe
1936 Packard 120B
1936 Packard Club Sedan
1927 Peerless
1917 Peerless Speedster
1965 Plymouth Barracuda S
1960 Plymouth Fury
1953 Pontiac Chieftain
1965 Pontiac GTO
1967 Pontiac GTO
1958 Porsche Carrera coupe
1930 Riley
1957 Rolls Royce- Silver Cloud
1969 Saab 96
1964 Studebaker Daytona
1960 Studebaker Hawk
1954 Studebaker Landcruiser
1916 Studebaker Racer
1964 Subaru 360
1952 Sunbeam Talbot
1972 Toyota Celica GTV
1961 Volkswagen Ragtop Beetle
1962 Volkswagen Beetle
1970 Volkswagen Beetle
1970 Volvo 1800E
1959 Volvo P544

 

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