The Great American Mountain Rally Revival Is Completed!

I am pleased to be able to say that the Great American Mountain Rally has been revived.  After a gap of a little over 60 years, the 2018 Great American Mountain Rally has just been completed.  The last time the Great American Mountain Rally was run was in 1956!

The weather was quite variable during the three days of the rally.  We had rain, wind, some thought they say some snowflakes, clouds and sunshine.

A New England Fall Rally With Fall Foliage, Sunshine, Covered Bridges, and Classic Cars!

The Original Class was won by Jim Gately/Fred Gallagher in Jim’s lovely and stout 1937 Cadillac.  Fred and Jim are shown below standing beside the Cadillac.  It should be pointed out that Jim Gately is fresh off his win in the Alpine Rally in France.  I guess that Jim likes the high country!  Jim came from California to take part in the rally and Fred came all the way from England!

Fred Gallagher and Jim Gately With 1937 Cadillac

In the above photo you can also see the 1948 Hudson Commodore entered by Greg and Lynn Davis.  Greg and Lynn had numerous mechanical issues with their Hudson as they came from Ohio, but they were able to keep the big Hudson running to a second place finish in the Original Class, for cars manufactured during or before 1958.

Original Class Winners

Position Driver Navigator Car
1 James Gately Fred Gallagher 1937 Cadillac
2 Gregory Davis Lynn Davis 1948 Hudson Commodore

 

In the Classic Class, those cars made from 1959 to 1988, the winners were David Wells and Peter McGuire in a 1966 Volvo 122S.  David and Peter came from Ontario to take part in the rally.

The top three finishers in the Classic Class are presented below.

Top Three Finishers In The Classic Class

Position Driver Navigator Car
1 David Wells Peter McGuire 1966 Volvo 122S
2 Matthew Koops Mary Ann Koops 1974 Dodge Monaco (Bluesmobile)
3 Jeff Givens Dan Taylor 1959 Triumph TR3A

The final route of the 2018 Great American Mountain Rally is shown below.

Route Of The 2018 Great American Mountain Rally

The Modern Class included all cars newer than 1988.  The winners Ed and Doug Sain posted some very good times with Doug cranking a Curta mechanical calculator.

Top Three Finishers In The Modern Class

Position Driver Navigator Car
1 Ed Sain Douglas Sain 2015 Toyota Highlander
2 Lisa Colom Luis Colom 2017 Fiat 124 Spider
3 Sebastian von Langsdorff Harald von Langsdorff 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

It was also remarkable that Sebastian von Langsdorff who got the third place trophy in the Modern Class only got his driver’s license a few months ago.

Robert Wehman And Louis Braun Winners Of The 1956 Great American Mountain Rally

62 years later….

Jim Gately And Fred Gallagher Winners Of The 2018 Great American Mountain Rally Revival

I am looking for more pictures of the 2018 Great American Mountain Rally, so if you have some photos that you are willing to share please send some to me.

If you have any comments or questions about the Great American Mountain Rally, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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3 Responses to The Great American Mountain Rally Revival Is Completed!

  1. Lawrence Woodcome says:

    Have sent over a number of pictures from GAMRR to Gary.

  2. Jeff Givens says:

    This was an awesome event, thoroughly enjoyed by all! We particularly enjoyed doing it in my 1959 Triumph TR3a. A great challenge for me, Jeff Givens, and my incredible navigator Danny Taylor! We will sign up for next years event GAMRR 2019!

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