The 2016 Great Race came to an end last weekend with the two top teams having the same penalty times, down to the 1/10 of a second. Both teams had the same raw times, cars of the same age, even the same manufacturer, and therefore the same scoring factor! The finish was actually a dead heat between the G. R. (Great Race?) Pike/Bobby Hadskey team and the team of David Reeder and Sawyer Stone, both with a final score of 1:02.04. The tie breaker is usually determined by who has the oldest car, but they were both 1916 Hudsons! So, the second tie breaker went back to the score during the Hagerty Trophy Run (which was run the day before the race officially started), where G. R. Pike/Bobby Hadskey edged out David Reeder/Sawyer Stone for the win!
The 2016 Great Race Winners With Their $50,000 Check!
Their car for the Great Race was a 1916 Hudson Indy Racer. These cars might look old at first glance, but be assured that these cars have been extensively rebuilt and upgraded as the rules allow. These cars go and stop very well and are fully capable of driving across the country at speed limit speeds.
1916 Hudson Indy Racer
These older race cars are well suited for an event like the Great Race where a navigator is required. Back in the era when these cars were state-of-the-art race cars, the cars carried a riding mechanic, therefore they were designed for two people in the car. Nowadays a navigator rides were the riding mechanic rode.
In the class competitions the following were the winners;
Grand Championship Division: G. R. Pike and Bobby Hadskey – 1916 Hudson Indy Racer
Expert Division: Gary and Jean Ann Martin – 1964 Chevrolet Nova
Sportsman Division: Bryan and Ian Deering – 1935 Ford Five-Window Coupe
Rookie Division: Eric Frankenberger and Aaron Read – 1941 Ford Pickup Truck
X Cup Division: Ponca City, Oklahoma – 1956 Buick Century Convertible
For the complete final standings click on the pdf file below:
Once again the Great Race appears to have been a success. The scores show that both the driver and the navigator need to be on top of their game all the time for nine days. As a rally navigator, I appreciate the intensity needed to do well in this event.
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