Racing Across the US in a Classic ’54 Corvette

Racing Across the US in a Classic ’54 Corvette

Arthur Alvis and 15 year old son Elliot are cruising across America in a 1954 Red Corvette. But the drive isn’t for pleasure. It’s a race, but one based on precision, not speed. They are competing in the Great Race, a road race featuring antique cars 45 years old or more. Drivers are awarded points on the accuracy of a driver and navigator to match a time and average speed over a predetermined course. Each day the drivers are given a new set of written directions which have instructions like “Take the first road to the right”. GPS is not allowed. Team Alvis, who hail from Wichita and call themselves the Kansas Flying Monkeys, a reference from Wizard of Oz, departed Philadelphia, the starting point of the Great Race on June 24 and as of Monday were in 27th place. There are 90 or so contestants driving originally equipped antique cars as well. Driving a classic Corvette 4,000 miles across the US does have its pitfalls. Passing through a thunderstorm in Pennsylvania, Arthur had to drive with one hand out the window, running a squeegee across the windshield. the wiper assembly came loose leaving him with only one wiper. While some of the interior got soaked, Arthur doesn’t sweat it. He says the ’54 is not a show car. “It’s plastic…it won’t rust.” Follow the Kansas Flying Monkeys in their quest to win the Great Race and take home $250,000 in prize money by visiting the Great Race website. Good luck guys…we’re all counting on you! Source:
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  1. We did get wet on several occasions…However, the ’54 Vette is very reliable and has the ground clearance of a pick-up truck. We finished in the top quarter (out of over 100 entries) and no mechanical problems in the 4,000+ mile race (yes, it is a race).

    My son and I are considering using this car in the round-the-world GreatRace 2008

  2. Arthur:

    Thanks for the comment. What a great experience for you and your son. Congratulations again on the good finish and let us know if you are planning another run.

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