Two drivers, 2,300 miles, and only one in the car who knows how to drive a stick. This June, the 2012 running of
Hemmings Motor News Great Race
will see a team from the Historic Vehicle Association motoring around the Great Lakes in an Olds Super 88 to spread the word about the Association’s mission as they help raise money for Autism awareness.
The HVA has assembled a crack team of drivers to enter one of the most unique automotive endurance rallies in the country. It’s called the Great Race, and it kicks off in Traverse City, Michigan, on June 23rd when 100 vintage cars will embark on a week-long journey through 19 cities, four states, and one Canadian province as they circumnavigate the Great Lakes.
How the race works is simple: At the start of every day during the event, each driver and navigator team receives a set of course instructions that indicate every turn, speed change, stop, and start that the team must make throughout the day. Along the course route, until the finish line is reached in Dearborn, Michigan on July 1st, there will be from four to seven checkpoints recording the exact time that each team passes.
The HVA Team
Driving HVA President, Mark Gessler’s, 1954 Olds Super 88 will be the all-women team of HVA Vice President and Chief Counsel, Carmel Roberts, and HVA Events Coordinator, Katy Jackson. Fashioning themselves in period-correct clothing and hairstyles, the dynamic female duo plans to look the part throughout the week-long journey.
For Jackson, this will be her first experience with a manual transmission and undoubtedly a valuable learning experience. To ensure the team makes it as smoothly as possible from start to finish, experienced “three on the tree” shifter Roberts will be providing her co-driver with tutorials on shifting a manual transmission.
A Good Cause
To help add a charitable element to the event, the Great Race has decided to throw its efforts behind Autism Speaks. The HVA is happy to do its part in drawing attention to a disorder that affects 1 in 110 children. Donations to HVA’s pre-race autism fundraiser can be made by clicking here.
Come June, HVA members will be able to keep up to date on race developments through the HVA’s website at www.historicvehicle.org, the HVA’s Facebook page, and the association’s live Twitter feed. In the meantime, stay tuned for future Great Race updates as the HVA team preps for race day.