Peter Brown, the museum’s Head Mechanic, is currently making his way from Buffalo, NY, to Halifax, NS, for the Hemmings Motor News Great Race, a ten-day time-speed-endurance rally for pre-1972 cars. Peter is driving a 1930 Ford Model A boat-tailed speedster, owned by Ford Reiche, and joined by Reiche as navigator. View photos from each day of their journey below!
June 19th: Preparation
The team was scrambling to get ready after a last minute decision to replace the speedster’s engine just before the start of the race, but successfully made the switch and got the car and themselves to ready in time to head west to Buffalo.
June 21th: Arrival in Buffalo
June 22th: Pre-Race Competition
Trophy Dash Day – a separate one-day mini-rally to get in the groove! After the speedster gets inspected and all stickered-up, that is. Lunch in Lockport, NY, and dinner at the Pierce-Arrow Museum.
June 23rd: The Race Begins!
Buffalo to Fairpoint, NY. The Brown-Reiche teams comes in 44th out of the 118 teams.
June 24th: Day Two
A lunch stop in Norwich, NY, and on to Troy, NY. The Brown-Reiche teams comes in 49th.
The Speedster was emitting a disturbing noise deep in the engine, when under load and at hight speeds. A big crowd worked until midnight outside in the pouring rain to find the source. Pieces of cotter pin and babbet were found in the pan, and they also removed some shims from center main bearing.
June 25th: Day Three
The team does quite well in spite of the engine worries – 31st place! Their final destination of the day, Burlington, VT.