Today I went up to Ogunquit, Maine to watch the start of the 2014 Great Race. It was quite a spectacle. Over 100 hundred of all ages, shapes, sizes, and sounds all lined up to tackle this 2,100 mile long, 9 day rally. The event attracted hundreds of spectators who came out to watch the cars and mingle with the competitors. All of these goings on took place under a glorious sky next to a lovely beach in downtown Ogunquit, Maine.
The Ford roadster with its flathead V8 shown below is an entry from Hemmings, a major sponsor of the Great Race. The car was one of the first cars on the road.
A Very Nice Ford Roadster
I particularly wanted to catch up with Steve Keller and Brian Blood of Virgina who I have met at several rallies that we have competed in together. Brian and Steve are great guys and very good rally competitors. I particularly like these guys because they are good competitors who will focus and work very hard during the competitive part rally to do the best that they can, but when the day is over they know how to relax and enjoy themselves. Steve’s son, Ben, was also in Ogunquit to watch them start the rally.
Steve Keller’s and Brian Blood’s 1969 Saab 96
The event is open to all cars built in 1972 and before. However the older cars are given a timing advantage based on their age. As Brian and Steve’s car is a 1969 model year car, if they are to do well in the Great Race, then they have to do it on the road, because the scoring method is not beneficial to them.
Brian Blood Drives The Saab 96 To The Start Line
One of the more impressive cars in this year’s Great Race is a big blue Auburn race car from the 1930s. This car is a beast! I will post some other pictures of this car later in the week.
This Auburn Special Tried To Qualify For The 1933 Indianapolis 500
There were a large number of various types of cars in the event. I have only shown a few in this post. In talking with the experienced competitors, the Great Race is a mobile car show with thousand of people watching the event during the nine days of the Great Race. One person told me that if you don’t see people standing along the side of the road watching the cars go by, then you are probably off course.
The Great Race Attracts A Wide Variety Of Entrants
There were several international entries with a two entires from England and one from Japan.
The Early 1950s Bentley Came From England
I will have some additional information on the 2014 Great Race later in the week.