Great Race X-Cup Team
"$53 for the '53!
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What is the Great Race?
The Great Race is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally on public highways. It is not a test of top speed. It is a test of a driver/navigator team’s ability to follow precise course instructions and the car’s (and team’s) ability to endure on a cross-country trip.
Each day the 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 (usually 220 to 250 such instructions per day). Along the course route there will be from 4 to 7 checkpoints recording the exact time that the team passes that point. The objective is to arrive at each checkpoint at the correct time, not the fastest. The score for each team is the result of the team’s ability to follow the designated course instructions precisely. Every second off the perfect time (early or late) at each checkpoint is a penalty point. This format is much more mentally demanding than a flat-out cross-country race. Also, GPS or computers are not permitted and odometers are taped over. This is a test of human mental agility and endurance as well as classic car endurance, rather than programming capability. The course avoids timed segments on interstate highways, opting instead for scenic local, county, and state highways whenever possible through some of the prettiest country in the United States.
The Alfred State Team competes in the X-Cup division which is meant for school based teams. We started going to this event in 2015 and we brought our famous 53' Dodge PowerWagon. The vehicle was such a hit at the event that we were invited back for 2016 and asked too host a second team! The 1928 Model A (yellow car) was lent to us from a family in Illinois. The 2016 Race began in San Rafael California and ended in Moline Illinois, which is about 30 minuets from were the Model A is from. Unfortunatly mid race, we had catostrofic falure of our Model A engine that resulted in the end of its race. The same day of the falure, we had met a very generous man named Jack who drove an hour away to get his 29' Model A for us to finish the race in. Without him giving what he did, we would not have finished the race. He followed us halfway across the country just becuase he loved to help people and wanted too see us finish. Events like these are amazing opportunity for students to travel and meet outstanding connections. These types of events can be costly due to vehicle parts, fuel, hotels, and food. Without your help, alot of these events would be very expensive for students and would limit the chance for some. We ask for your help too make these opprotunities possible for everyone by helping fund this Event!
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