Championship Run Day 8 Great Race 2019

Look Ma, No Hands! We’re not sure if this is legal but it sure is fun. Brad and Dan in the Hudson on Day 7. Photo courtesy of the Great Race.

Heading into Day 8, the Championship Run of the 2019 Great Race, we thought the scenery from yesterday would be hard to beat. Our trip on the historic U.S. 30 on Friday was breathtaking and memorable. Even though the switchback curves and high elevation/grade made it tough to maintain speed, we all made it into Washington. Crossing the Columbia River into Washington on Highway 14 brought even more amazing photo opportunities and scenic views.  We ended the night in Vancouver, Washington. On Saturday, our last full day of rallying, we made a quick pitstop back in Oregon, in the town of Astoria. Astoria is the home of the Columbia River Maritime Museum. We wish we had more time to enjoy it, but we had to press on to our lunch stop in Longview, Washington. It’s hard to believe that the rally is almost finished. Even though we are looking forward to crossing the finish line tomorrow, we know it will be bittersweet to say adieu to all our friends. It’s an unusual type of bond that forms between the Great Racers, the camaraderie is truly special. It’s not uncommon to see experienced racers sharing tips and information with younger or less experienced teams. And while most of the racers on the Spirit of Stahls’ teams are family members, we feel like Josh Hull, Brad Phillips and Marty Smith are also part of our extended family. We are also grateful to all our friends back home that have been following along and sending words of support through texts and social media. And to the family members who flew or drove out to join us and cheer us on these past few days. Your support and enthusiasm means so much. More photos from today and Sunday coming soon. If you are interested in seeing the latest scores and standings, you can visit the Great Race Website.

Marty Smith (center) with Dan Stahl and Brad Phillips.

The Chevy Nova on historic highway 30 somewhere on Day 7. Great Race photo.

Even though car 97 lost some time around Crater Lake, they did earn an ACE on Leg 5 of the Great Race 2019 which is a fantastic accomplishment.

A morning pitstop in Astoria, Oregon after leaving Vancouver on Day 8.

Another welcoming crowd in Longview, Washington on Day 8 of the Great Race.

Crater Lake, Erin and Marty just couldn’t get enough of you.

Beautiful Vancouver, Washington.

Spirit of Stahls’ team members getting a bite to eat.

A crowd favorite!

Enjoying the views.

Seen from the road on Day 8 on the way to Spanaway, Washington. Views of Mt. St. Helens, which is still an active stratovolcano which last erupted in 2008. All calm today.

The welcome banner in Spanaway, Washington where we will overnight on Saturday.

The Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.

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