History Channel Great Race Will Make PitStop Here Friday

Poyntz Avenue will experience a bit of nostalgia tomorrow, Friday June 22, 2001. The History Channel has chosen Manhattan as a PitStop for their 19th Annual Great Race. One hundred cars, built between 1909 and 1950, will come through Manhattan on their way from Atlanta to Pasadena. They will stop in Manhattan and display the cars to the public.

The Great Race is the world’s richest vintage car race with a purse of $275,000. The cars travel on scenic back roads, in a controlled speed rally, across the country over a two-week period. They stop in communities as they go through to rest and give citizens a chance to interact with the drivers and race participants. In Manhattan the Yard Art Car Club will provide manpower and bring out their antique automobiles to showcase along with the race cars on Poyntz.

Each community that hosts the racers competes for a cash prize; it is based on enthusiasm and community involvement. The communities are divided into three categories: best pit stop, lunch stop and overnight. Each category will compete for a $5,000 prize that is awarded to its community public library to use as they choose. Criteria for the award include hospitality, size of crowd, enthusiasm, originality of theme and the local organizing committee. Communities can design a theme that is unique to their area and create an exciting atmosphere for the racers to experience.

About 40 towns and cities, of all sizes, across the country serve as stopping locations for the race. Before coming to Manhattan the race will overnight in Lawrence, stop in Topeka and then spend the next night in Salina. The route is not direct, so the cars may take several hours to drive from one city to the next, for example from Manhattan to Salina. Event organizers spend several weeks before the race traveling the country to design the route. Each year a different route is designed. The route each year is kept secret until the drivers leave their morning location each day.

Sponsorship for this great event will come from several area businesses. CarQuest Auto Parts, Briggs Auto Group, Rose Muffler House and the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau will serve as major sponsors. The Yard Art Car Club has also graciously agreed to work with organizers and make this event a success.

Car No. Driver Name Navigator Name

Year Car Description

1. Driver Dick Burdick

1916 Hudson Speedster White

2. Driver Curtis Graf

1934 Ford Deluxe Roadster Red

3. Driver Michael Dingman

1935 Ford Deluxe Roadster Black

4. Driver David Reeder

1933 Ford Roadster Maroon/Black

6. Driver Dale McClenaghan

1939 Ford Deluxe Convertible B

7. Driver Joe Minshew

1917 Hudson J Racer Yellow

8. Driver Calvin J. Swank

1955 Porsche 356 Cabriolet Tur

9. Ted Van Beek, Jr.

1909 Ford Replica Race Car Green

10. Driver J.A. Hoop

1925 Rickenbacker Series D Rds

11. Driver Leonard Harpenau

1936 Buick Special Moss Green

12. Driver Bill Strathern

1936 Dodge Business Cpe White

13. Driver Gail Alger

1930 Olds Deluxe Conv.

14. Driver Frank Currie

1910 Selden Raceabout Red

15. Driver Gary A. Lane

1938 Ford Business Coupe Black

16. Driver Linda Pike

1937 Ford Cabriolet Maroon

17. DriverRex Gardner

1917 Hudson Speedster Silver

18. Driver H. Jay Mottice

1931 Chrysler Roadster Creme

19. Driver Howard Sharp

1911 Velie H1 Racytype Creme

20. Driver Clem Lange

1920 Essex Convertible Red

21. Driver Ron Wollmer

1932 Ford 3 window Coup

22. Driver Melvin R. Martin

1930 LaSalle Touring Car Burgundy

23. Driver Gordon L. Nelson

1925 Pierce Arrow 80 Roadster

24. Driver Tom Reese

1948 Willys Jeepster Phaeton R

25. Driver Buck Kamphausen

1919 Cole Convertible Creme

26. Driver Charlie Stroud

1937 Packard 115 1028 Green

27. Driver Robert J. Dinges

1929 Oldsmobile 2 dr S/C Crims

28. Driver Bob Harris

1928 Hudson LeBaron Roadster B

29. Driver Art Kampschafer

1950 Pontiac Streamliner Red

30. Driver Farrell Newman

1932 Nash 4 Door Green

31. Driver Joe Watkins

1931 Ford Roadster P/U Blue/Bl

32. Driver Tim Kleptz

1927 Marmon Collapsible Cpe Ro

33. Driver Louise Feeney

1936 Ford 4 dr. Sedan Blk/White


1941 Cadillac Convertible Maroon

35. Driver Bill Williams

1935 Chrysler Airflow Blue

36. Driver Leroy Ekblad

1935 Ford Tudor Sedan White

37. Driver Bill Phelps

1957 Ford T-Bird Red

38. Driver Steve Bolf

1939 Buick SP8 Convertible Bur

39. Driver Billy Cothern

1929 Ford (’32) Speedster R/W

40. Driver G.R. Pike

1916 Hudson Indy Car Black

41. Driver Allan Miles

1941 Ford S/D Bus. Coupe Black

42. Driver John Hollansworth

1917 Peerless Speedster Green

43. Driver Curtis Jackson

1935 Ford Speedster Red

44. Driver Bill Collins

1949 *VW (’52) Hebmuller Red

45. Driver Steven R. Hedke

1957 Triumph TR 3 Green/Yellow

46. Driver Wayne Stanfield

1934 Indy 500 Racer Black

48. Driver Stephen R. Koch

1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Red

49. Driver Bill Bowman

1957 Mercedes 190SL Gray/White

50. Driver Wes Abendroth

1955 Chevrolet Corvette White

51. Driver Bob Fisher

1951 MG TD Black

52. Driver Bill Brouillard

1953 MG TD Green

53. Driver Arthur Alvis, Jr.

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Red

54. Driver Bill Josler

1929 Ford Speedster Red

55. Driver Gary Poulin

1922 Buick Speedster Red

56. Driver Hollis Harris

1935 Oldsmobile 2 dr Touring B

57. Driver Ralph Steinberg

1936 Ford Tudor Black

58. Driver Richard Fredette

1934 Ford Pickup Grey

59. Driver Ron Vose

1931 Cadillac Roadster

60. Driver Thomas D. Roland

1938 Ford Tudor Std Grey

62. Driver Richard Howe

1932 Packard Roadster Robin Blue

63. Driver Glenn Lange

1932 Essex Convertible Tan/Brown

64. Driver Nick Maher

1937 Ford 78 Phaeton Bonnie Blue

65. Driver Bob Creighton

1930 Oldsmobile 2 Dr. Sedan Green

66. Driver Armand Boisvert

1930 Dodge Coupe Blue/Black

67. Driver Gab Joiner

1922 Marmon 34B Speedster Maro

68. Driver Dale Bell

1917 Hudson Cabriolet Red

69. Driver Marvin Price

1948 Packard Deluxe 8 Maroon

70. Driver Ken Smith

1943 Jeep 4X4 Olive Drab

72. Driver Bob Stanek

1934 Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet C

73. Driver Bob LaBine

1955 Ford T-Bird Goldenrod

74. Driver Mike Coggins

1939 Ford Convertible Black

75. Driver Ron Ferris

1932 Ford 18 Green/Black

76. Driver Mark Ancil

1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet Red

77. Driver David O. Lykins, Jr.

1929 Ford Model A Spdstr Red

78. Driver Hans Vorpahl

1935 Mercedes-Benz 200 Cabriol

79. Driver Les Kyle

1933 Chevrolet Deluxe Sedan Yel

80. Driver Dave Meier

1938 *Kenworth (’41) Day Cab B

81. Driver Stanley Jones

1932 Ford Roadster Burgundy

82. Driver Dennis Slechta

1936 Buick Roadmaster Conv Yel

83. Driver Joe Knowles

1940 Buick Phaeton Black/Plum

84. Driver Becky Mann

1929 Ford Model A Spdstr Yellow

85. Driver Gus E. Pradilla

1949 Cadillac 61 Sedan Dark Green

86. Driver James Rutledge

1947 Ford Delux Tudor Tan

87. Driver Raymond Fini

1935 Ford Fordor Black

88. Driver Corky Coker

1937 Buick Shafer 8 Black

89. Driver David Coker

1937 Buick Shafer 8 Special Red

90. Driver Bob Coker

1937 Buick Roadmaster Conv Green

94. Driver Bill Miller

1936 *Ford (’38) 5/W Coupe Cream

97. Driver Rodney Rucker

1916 Amer. LaFrance Speedster

98. Driver George Tarbutton

1942 Ford DeLuxe Black


1939 Ford Deluxe Convertible Red

100 Driver Allen Hill

1931 Packard Roadster Red/Blac

101. Driver J.D. Hanks

1931 Ford Deluxe Coupe Maroon/

102. Driver Lin Thomas

1928 Ford Model A Pickup

103. Driver Bill Hembree

1939 Ford Coupe Black

104. Driver Bobby Warren

1942 Ford Convertible Black

105. Driver Ken Davis

1929 Ford Model A Speedster Bl

106. Driver Gordon Kennedy

1931 Ford Model A Coupe Red

107. Driver Tom Littrell

1929 Ford Model A Boat Tail Sp

108. Driver Chad Champlin

1928 Ford Model A Roadster

109. Driver Scott Dorsey

1930 Ford Model A Roadster

110. Driver Charlie Herrera

1930 Ford Model A Coupe Red

111. Driver Jack Roush

1940 Ford Deluxe 5/W Coupe Beige

THE FOLLOWING ARE TOUR ENTRIES -only #123 & #125 are going all the way

112. Driver Ted Holden

1935 Chrysler Airflow Blk/Grey

113. Driver B. Rosenberg-TR

1969 MG B Red

114. Driver Charles Mitchell-TR

1953 M G Two door Green

115. Driver Bob Cline

1962 Triumph TR4 White

116. Driver Jerry Cram

1959 MG Roadster BRG

117. Driver Bill James

1957 Thunderbird, White

118. Driver Jim Richardson

1968 Cadillac Calais, Ivory

121. Gary Lucas

1915 Ford Model T Speedster Red

122. Driver Bob Jenkins

1958 Porsche 356A Spdstr Red

123. Driver Robt M. Mead

1932 Plymouth PB Bus. Coupe Gr

124. Driver Michael Gross

1935 Auburn 653 Cabriolet Tan/

125. Driver L.A. Swanson

1964 Studebaker Daytona Red

126. Driver R. DesBaillets

1928 Ford Speedster White

129. Driver Bill King

1948 Bentley VI Green

130. Driver Jim McGee

1933 Dodge (’34) 4 door Sedan