Great Race 2011--The Sharps Finally Win!
We had an amazing time on the Hemmings Motor News Great Race this year, and it came down to the wire to determine the Grand Champion. All week it was a tight battle between the Knowles/Gentry team and the team of Howard and Douglas Sharp. Knowles/Gentry piloted a '32 Ford Cabriolet, which was formerly piloted by Joe Knowles, who unfortunately passed away in 2010. The Sharps piloted the oldest car in the Great Race--a 1911 Velie Racetype. Knowles/Gentry led the field for several days, but the Sharps came from behind on the final two days to take home the infamous BIRD and a check for $20,000! [caption id="attachment_1836" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="Corky Coker with Great Race Grand Champions, Howard and Douglas Sharp!"][/caption] It was an emotional finish for everyone, and the Awards Banquet proved to be another emotional moment for the winners as well. All of the class winners were announced, and the Tom McRae Spirit of the Event award went to Wayne Fredette, a very deserving guy who is a Great Race Veteran. He always comes to support his family and friends in the rallying world, even though his health is poor. Check out some of our pictures from the final day of the Great Race, as we traveled from Saratoga Springs, New York to Stratton Mountain, Vermont for a lunch stop, and then into Bennington, Vermont, for the Grand Finish! Check out www.greatrace.com for all of the final scores and more photos! [gallery link="file"]