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June 2007 | by Ari Herzog

Every year, scores of pre-1960 antique cars participate in the transcontinental

Great Race

that traces its 25th American route

next month

from Concord, North Carolina to Anaheim, California.

Five years ago, in April 2002, my friend Mike and I participated in a timed endurance road rally, sponsored by the Great Race folks. I drove my 2001 Subaru Forester (clearly NOT an antique car) and Mike agreed to be my navigator, which involved him holding a wall clock and the rally instructions. For my part, because my Subaru included components not in older cars, I was forced to cover my odometer with duck tape, as well as blocking any electronic clocks.

One of many regional rallies around the country, I participated in one based in Millville, New Jersey and following a pre-arranged route through New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. While many of the participating cars were vintage, Mike and I merely wanted to experience the race.

It’s not really a race, though. Points are deducted for arriving early at a checkpoint. The purpose is to follow a set of instructions, according to speed and time. After two and a half days, cumulated daily totals were calculated to determine winners in different categories. Among the newbies, Mike and I received first place. Yay!

My Subaru was among a field of 60+ cars including 14 Jaguars, five Triumphs, two Austin Healeys, a 1937 LaSalle Coupe, a 1955 Studebaker, two Mustangs and Corvettes, a 1929 Packard Roadster, a 1967 Plymouth Fury, a 1971 GMC Pickup, and numerous other vintage, classic, and contemporary automobiles. The newest was a 2002 Dodge Dakota and the oldest was a 1911 Velie H1 Racytype:

Sitting in a parking lot, a 1911 Velie

The complete list of participating cars were:

1911 Velie H1 Racytype, Creme/Orange
1929 Ford C32 Speedway Racer, Black
1929 Ford Model A Roadster, White
1929 Packard Roadster, Black
1932 Buick 66C Convertible, Tan/Blue
1935 Ford (’39) Speedster, Red
1936 Ford (’37) 4 Dr. Sedan, Black/White
1937 Ford (’39) Deluxe Cpe, Gull Grey
1937 LaSalle 50/Coupe, Green
1937 Packard 115 C, Maroon/Black
1939 LaSalle 5019, Maroon
1940 Chevrolet Master Delux, Black
1947 Ford Deluxe, Tan
1948 Cadillac 62, Grey
1949 Volkswagon Hebmuller, Ivory/Red
1952 Studebaker Comm-Conv., Green
1955 Studebaker Champion, Yellow
1956 Austin Healy 100 M, Red/Black
1956 Jaguar XK-140, Red
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Rdstr, White
1958 MGAA, Red
1959 Triumph TR3-A, B/R/G
1961 Rambler Convertible, Red
1963 Comet Convertible, Blue
1964 Triumph TR4, Red
1965 Austin Healey 3000-BJ 8, Blue/White
1966 Chevrolet Corvette, Nassau Blue
1966 Jaguar XKE, Yellow
1967 Bristol 409, Sliver/Blue
1967 Chevrolet Stepside P/U, Maroon
1967 Ford Mustang, Red
1967 Jaguar XKE, White
1967 Lincoln
1967 Plymouth Fury III, BIk/Red
1968 Jaguar E-OTS, Silver
1969 Ford (’77) Galaxie 500, Red
1969 Jaguar E-Type, Fawn
1969 Jaguar E-Type OTS, Red
1969 MGB MK II, Red
1970 Jaguar E-Type Conv., Sable
1971 GMC Pickup, Orange
1971 Triumph TR 6, White
1972 Jaguar E Roadster, Green
1974 Triumph TR-6, Red
1975 Triumph TR 6, Blue
1977 Bristol 603, Gold
1980 MGB Roadster, White
1984 Jaguar XJS, Silver
1985 Chevrolet Station Wagon, Black
1985 Ford Mustang GT, Teal
1985 Jaguar XJS, Antelope Beige
1987 Jaguar XJ 6, Grey
1989 Jaguar XJX Convertible, Red
1993 Mercedes Benz 300 CE, Red
1988 Chevrolet Corvette, Red
1994 Jaguar XJS, Red
1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, Silver
2001 Ford Crown Vic, White
2001 Subaru Forester, Gold
2002 Dodge Dakota, Black