Hull and Stahl finish 12th in The Great Race

Hull and Stahl took a picture in front of one of their favorite places during the race, the majestic Oregon mountains.  (WG)

Pam Dudding Contributing writer

The Great Race, limited to models made before 1972, is a nine-day road rally that focuses on time, not speed. This year’s route traveled between Riverside, California and Tacoma, Washington.

Josh Hull and Trevor Stahl started the race in good weather, but the days ahead brought everything from rain, sleet, snow, frigid temperatures and temperatures over 100 degrees.

Hull, a previous Fire Fighter in Craig County, and his driving partner, Stahl, made the trip for the fifth year in a row.

“It was by far the most beautiful route we have ever taken. We loved it,” Hull said. “Our favorites were the Avenue of the Giants, Crater Lake and the Cascades National Park.”

Their famous Stars and Stripes 1932 speedster had its good days and bad days in the winner poles.

They had put over $12,000 of further modifications into the car. “The car handled like a dream. We had no mechanical issues at all,” noted Stahl.

Hull and Stahl prepared for the Pacific North West which brought frigid temperatures and less than ideal weather.

Both expect the car to be 100 percent next year.

Hull shared that dealing with the cold, along with the rain, sleet and snow was the most difficult part of the race. On the morning of June 27, both gentlemen were in Oregon getting ready to head for Crater Lake and later Bend for the night.

“We have been doing some amazing rallying in both the sun and driving rain,” they said. “I think we are in 33rd place overall, not bad for spending half a day on the side of the road.”

It was an extremely cold day on June 28 for Stahl and Hull. However, the weather didn’t bother them as they finished first for Stage 6, which took them to 12th place overall out of 120 vehicles.

Jesse Jameson, owner and navigator of a 1952 Hudson Hornet, said the race started with 120 cars, but “a few had dropped off by the time it reached Vancouver.”

“That’s the low point,” he said. “We didn’t get everybody across the finish line, which is everybody’s goal. We all try really hard to keep everybody moving; it’s kind of a family thing.”

Hull and Stahl agree. They took pictures with many people, including some new friends, before the event concluded.

Navigator Trevor Stahl and driver Josh Hull head into the Hazel Dell pit stop of “The Great Race” on June 29.

They finished 12th out of 120 cars. “It wasn’t our best finish,” they said. Still, many agreed they did a great job placing in the top 15.

“I recommend everyone visit Northern California, Red Wood Forest and go all the way through Oregon and Washington states as there are so many beautiful places and snow capers peaks,” Hull noted. “Seriously, it’s like driving through a Bob Ross painting.”

It was an extremely cold day on June 28 for Stahl and Hull. Despite temperatures being in the 30s, that didn’t prevent them for finishing 12th out of 120 vehicles. (WG)

Howard and Doug Sharp won and took home top honors in the Grand Champion division, as well as the overall win, with more than $50,000 and “lots of bragging rights.”

On July 1, Hull and Stahl posted the following on Facebook, “What an incredible time on the Great Race as our first time as rookies! So many great times and great people. We’ve got the rally bug.”

In next year’s Great Race, they will start in front of the Alamo in Texas, and drive through Galax, Virginia, before ending up in Greenville, South Carolina.

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