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#394485 - 06/23/13 10:22 AM The Great Race
Ray3 Offline
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This time every year, The Great Race is contested.

http://www.greatrace.com/

It's pretty cool - 100 vintage cars (at least 45 years old) on a 9 day timed rally from Minneapolis to Mobile, Alabama. Many of the cars are MUCH older than 45 years. Different route each year.

My son-in-law is the navigator and his dad is the driver in their (open cockpit)1916 Hudson. Here is their Great Race Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/greatracethesharpteam.

The cover photo is my two grand daughters in the 1916 Hudson. The cover photo inset shows the guys hoisting the trophy after winning the 2011 Race (in a 1911 Velie manufactured by John Deere). They have been driving in this thing for 20+ years and this was their first victory. Yesterday was the first leg of this year's race and they are currently IN 1st place!!!

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#394507 - 06/24/13 08:30 AM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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That is, indeed, pretty cool! It must be nice to see the cars of your youth on the road again.
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#394510 - 06/24/13 10:42 AM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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Love it! Thanks, Ray!
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#394529 - 06/24/13 02:23 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: tomtuttle]
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Glad you liked it!

After the first day, they were in first place. At he end of yesterday/2nd day, they are in 3rd place. The scoring is a bit misleading because each team gets to throw out the time of one segment during the race. Doug & Howard haven't done that yet, but the two teams in front of them HAVE tossed one segment. Essentially, that means Doug & Howard are still leading. This is much more competitive & exacting than you would think just looking at it. Pretty exciting stuff.

Today they stop in Peoria. Ill. A close friend and fraternity brother is going to try and track Doug & Howard down and introduce himself.

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#394550 - 06/25/13 01:37 AM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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You mean fraternities are good for something except cocaine?
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#394551 - 06/25/13 07:55 AM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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Originally Posted By: Ray3
Glad you liked it!

After the first day, they were in first place. At he end of yesterday/2nd day, they are in 3rd place. The scoring is a bit misleading because each team gets to throw out the time of one segment during the race. Doug & Howard haven't done that yet, but the two teams in front of them HAVE tossed one segment. Essentially, that means Doug & Howard are still leading. This is much more competitive & exacting than you would think just looking at it. Pretty exciting stuff.

Today they stop in Peoria. Ill. A close friend and fraternity brother is going to try and track Doug & Howard down and introduce himself.


Very cool! My oldest is in Baton Rouge and we're 20 minutes from Covington. Will have to check it out if I'm in town.

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#394561 - 06/25/13 01:15 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: pmbuko]
Ray3 Offline
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Originally Posted By: pmbuko
You mean fraternities are good for something except cocaine?


Way back when we were in school, it was all about beer. Drugs hadn't been invented yet!

BTW - my fraternity brother DID catch up with the guys and they had a nice visit. After 3 days, they are in 2nd place.

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#394564 - 06/25/13 02:46 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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Friar Tuck, could you pass the ale, Good Sir.
Why certainly Brother Ray.
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#394570 - 06/25/13 04:31 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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Ray is old.

*high five*
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#394573 - 06/25/13 06:39 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: medic8r]
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I was actually on the Kickstarter-funded team that invented the wheel.

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#394575 - 06/25/13 08:05 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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Don't be so modest. You were on the kickstarter team that invented the stone that was later used to invent the wheel, too.
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#394594 - 06/26/13 02:31 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: pmbuko]
Ray3 Offline
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Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Don't be so modest. You were on the kickstarter team that invented the stone that was later used to invent the wheel, too.


Damn - BUSTED!!!!

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#394595 - 06/26/13 02:35 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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After the first 4 stages, the guys are in 2nd place, hot on the heels of 1st place.

Cumulative results - stage 4

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#394766 - 07/01/13 04:19 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
Ray3 Offline
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The guys ran into a problem with tires after the fifth day and changed the full set.

The new tires drove them crazy - the expansion/contraction was inconsistent and they couldn't get the calibration correct. When you are traveling for the entire day over great distances, the the mis-calibration adds up. Dropped them right out of the thick of things. I think they finished 16th.

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#394769 - 07/01/13 04:35 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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You know, there's a reason obsolete technology is obsolete.


<<DUCKS>>
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#394772 - 07/01/13 04:45 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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Sorry to hear, Ray. I hope they keep competing.
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#394774 - 07/01/13 07:25 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: pmbuko]
Ray3 Offline
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Originally Posted By: pmbuko
You know, there's a reason obsolete technology is obsolete.


<<DUCKS>>


Ironically, it was the NEW-manufacture tires that did them in.

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#394775 - 07/01/13 07:27 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: tomtuttle]
Ray3 Offline
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Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Sorry to hear, Ray. I hope they keep competing.


They absolutely will. The whole thing is a big family party with a stunning sense of community.

How was the visit with Pete?

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#394787 - 07/02/13 01:05 AM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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Epic. As usual.

About 15 different, amazing beers. Clams, hamburgers and pizza. Seattle from across Elliott bay. Cruised top down in the roadster.

Good thing we are both already married.
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#394794 - 07/02/13 07:45 AM Re: The Great Race [Re: tomtuttle]
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The thought of you guys getting together makes me happy. So glad. smile
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#394797 - 07/02/13 08:13 AM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ray3]
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Thanks for posting this Ray, I love to see people driving and enjoying their old/classic cars. This event looks like a lot of fun.
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#394804 - 07/02/13 04:50 PM Re: The Great Race [Re: Ajax]
Ray3 Offline
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Loc: Rochester, NY
Originally Posted By: Ajax
The thought of you guys getting together makes me happy. So glad. smile


+1 on that!

Sounds like a great brocation interlude. I am envious. I am sad to say that I have not had a beer since March 8th. Coming up on 4 months.

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