Great Finish to another Great Race

Congratulations to Irene and Barry Jason on their third consecutive win of the Great Race!  (Photo courtesy GreatRace FB page)

Congratulations to Irene and Barry Jason on their third consecutive win of the Great Race! (Photo courtesy GreatRace FB page)

All three Spirit of Stahls’ teams made it across the finish line on June 29th, arriving at Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages in Florida at varying times after 3pm. It was another amazing finish to the Great Race 2014 and we would like to congratulate Irene and Barry Jason on their third consecutive win! What an accomplishment. It’s truly challenging to stay on schedule, find all the turns and side roads and basically race against the clock for over 2,100 miles. At the awards dinner, we were reminded of just how much dedicated our fellow Great Racers are. You are all winners in our eyes. Because while the cars run on gasoline that is easily refilled (most of the time), we have mostly been running on adrenaline for the past 10 days and are pretty exhausted.  We are indebted to so many of you for your help along the way, especially with repairs and most importantly with moral support when our Auburn had to be towed. We were also buoyed by so many well-wishers along the way, including our children, in-laws, cousins, siblings and grandchildren who made an effort to either visit with us or by sending a photo. And also to all our GroupeSTAHL family members around the world. We appreciate all the love. Now it’s time to get back to heat printing. (Although to be perfectly honest I never stop thinking about heat printing…more on that later this week.)

 

It was another exciting finish with crowds cheering.  (Photo courtesy GreatRace FB page)

It was another exciting finish with crowds cheering. (Photo courtesy GreatRace FB page)

Getting our directions this  morning in Jacksonville.

Getting our directions this morning in Jacksonville.

Trevor took a turn at driving today while I navigate.

Trevor took a turn at driving today while I navigate.

After we complete a directive, it's crossed off with a blue pen.

After we complete a directive, it’s crossed off with a blue pen.

Celebratory street scenes in The Villages.

Celebratory street scenes in The Villages.

This is what a roadside checkpoint looks like. Thankful for these volunteers along the course.

This is what a roadside checkpoint looks like. Thankful for these volunteers along the course.

Brett and Dan leaving Jacksonville on June 29th, heading for Ocala.

Brett and Dan leaving Jacksonville on June 29th, heading for Ocala.

We're going to miss seeing all these cars everyday!

We’re going to miss seeing all these cars everyday!

Trevor and his niece put the Leslie Special to bed for the evening.  Kind of reminded us of Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood...

Trevor and his niece put the Leslie Special to bed for the evening. Kind of reminded us of Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood…

Can't get enough of these classic cars.

Can’t get enough of these classic cars.

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Brett and Dan after they passed through the finish line on June 29th.

Brett and Dan after they passed through the finish line on June 29th.

Our daughter sends support from Trinidad! Thanks!

Our daughter sends support from Trinidad! Thanks!

The awards banquet reminded us of how many people helped to make this event possible as well as recognizing that winning isn't the only thing.

The awards banquet reminded us of how many people helped to make this event possible as well as recognizing that winning isn’t the only thing.

Spirit of Stahls' team and supporters at the Great Race 2014 Awards Banquet. Maine to Florida, complete.

Spirit of Stahls’ team and supporters at the Great Race 2014 Awards Banquet. Maine to Florida, complete.

Until we meet again!!!

Until we meet again!!!

 

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  1. Blair says:

    Congratulations on having soooo much fun!
    It’s cool seeing all the cars running on the open road.
    As you say, back to work
    Blair

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