And just like that, the 2017 Coker Tire Challenge is in the books! We traveled the back roads of Tennessee and Alabama with a little bit of Georgia thrown in the mix, and safely returned for the finish at our facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While there were plenty of challenges, crossing the finish line made all of the blood, sweat and tears worth it! Corky Coker, Wade Kawasaki and Jeff Stumb welcomed the racers in, while John Classen gave them time sheets and the scoring team tabulated the scores. The Rookie winners, the Top 5 overall leaders and the Bill Coker Spirit of the Event award winners were announced after the drivers, navigators and support crews ate a wonderful meal catered by Shuford’s Smokehouse. With racers from as far away as Oregon, Michigan, Massachusetts, Texas, and even a team from Japan, we just love the dedication within the vintage rally community. We certainly enjoyed having them here in the Scenic City, and we’d like to congratulate Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry for once again winning the Coker Tire Challenge! Take a look at our highlights from the finish line and awards ceremony.
Here’s your Top 5, including overall winners, Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry(sporting a set of BFGoodrich Silvertown Radial whitewall tires on their 1932 Ford Cabriolet).
1. Jody Knowles & Beth Gentry, Newnan, Georgia, 1932 Ford Cabriolet, 0m21.06s
2. Gary & Jean Ann Martin, Simpsonville, Kentucky, 1964 Chevy II, 0m23.28s
3. Scott & Mallory Henderson, Mobile, Alabama, 1964 Ford Mustang, 0m27.16s
4. Annegret Reichmann & Ulrich Kammholz, Kirkland, Washington, 1955 Studebaker, 0m28.68s
5. Craig Rubright (Clearwater, Florida) & Garrett Jenkins (McCalla, Alabama), 1937 Ford, 0m33.66s
Congratulations to Rookie winners, Dan and Pat Martin, driving a beautiful Corvette (rolling on American Classic whitewall tires, of course!)
14 (overall). Dan & Pat Martin, New Braunfels, Texas, 1965 Corvette, 1m14.10s
A big congrats goes to the winners of the Bill Coker Spirit of the Event Award! This year it goes to the team of Craig Rubright and Garrett Jenkins. Craig, who is from Clearwater, Florida just went through a rough time with Hurricane Irma a couple days prior to driving up to Chattanooga. And Garrett Jenkins is part of the Spirit of the Event Award because of his perseverance after being involved in a serious motorcycle accident.