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Thermo-FILM Numbers are Everywhere

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Thermo-FILM athletic numbers are still the fastest, easiest way to personalize jerseys for all sports. Over 30 million sold this year and counting....

Thermo-FILM athletic numbers are still the fastest, easiest way to personalize jerseys for all sports. Over 30 million sold this year and counting….

One thing we noticed on the Great Race 2016, which took us through nine states in ten days, was the presence of Thermo-FILM numbers on shirts in every town through which we passed. We weren’t really surprised, since we sell over 30 MILLION Thermo-FILM numbers a year, which means there are probably over 45 MILLION shirts out there featuring Thermo-FILM numbers. This video shows you how easy it is to number jerseys using Thermo-FILM.

Thanks for your Support

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Thanks for your support to everyone at Stahls’ Decorating Fulfillment Center in Masontown, PA

We’re back. Even though we’ve showered, unpacked, slept and eaten, it still takes a few days to readjust to life off the road. Our strained eyes can luxuriate under normal lighting conditions and there’s no need to stare out the window looking for a road sign that indicates a turn.  All the drivers have sunburns on their left arms, all the navigators have sunburns on their right arms. And we won’t soon forget the emotionally moving stories that were shared at the Great Race Awards dinner. It’s more than just the Grand Champion that is recognized, there are awards given to those who were able to overcome health adversities, who achieved personal bests and those who went above and beyond to keep their cars rolling. More important than the awards, we realize once again that we couldn’t have done this without a lot of support. Thank you to those who were on the road with us, in our support van and helping to keep the cars running. To all our fellow Great Racers who took the time to help us tweak a repair or offered advice on how to keep the rain out. To all our family members who spent time with us, either in person or on the phone or online–your support means everything and we thank you for taking the time to experience this adventure with us. We are also extremely thankful for everyone at GroupeSTAHL companies around the world who were cheering us on, celebrating with pizza and ice cream parties and waving your “Spirit of Stahls” towels from your home base. Thank you to the scores of customers in the small towns through which we passed who came out to say hello and shake our hands. You are what makes America great. We really enjoyed meeting all of you. After this Great Race, we know what the lyrics mean in America the Beautiful, when they sing “The amber waves of grain.”   It was a privilege to experience every moment.

Our spirit is all over North America! Greetings from Stahls' CANADA!

Our spirit is all over North America! Greetings from Stahls’ CANADA!

And from the great state of Texas! We've got spirit!

And from the great state of Texas! We’ve got spirit!

The gang at Stahls' Hotronix says Go Team!

The gang at Stahls’ Hotronix says Go Team!

Go Spirit of Stahls from OSP!

Go Spirit of Stahls from OSP!

The  Imprintables Warehouse team says Go Spirit of Stahls!

The Imprintables Warehouse team says Go Spirit of Stahls!

A huge turnout at Stahls' Manufacturing and Engineering Center in Chesterfield, MI

A huge turnout at Stahls’ Manufacturing and Engineering Center in Chesterfield, MI

Let's go! Hello from the gang at StahlsTV.com

Let’s go! Hello from the gang at StahlsTV.com

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From many of our Production and Digital Production team members in St. Clair Shores, MI

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Go Spirit of Stahls! From some of our team members from GroupeSTAHL in Sterling Heights.

Spirit of Stahls' support from the West Coast!

Spirit of Stahls’ support from the West Coast!

We support you!

We support you!

End of the Great Race 2016

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Congrats to the Grand Champion of the 2016 Great Race, the team of G.R. Pike and Bobby Hadskey in the 1916 Hudson Indy Racer.

Congrats to the Grand Champion of the 2016 Great Race, the team of G.R. Pike and Bobby Hadskey in the 1916 Hudson Indy Racer.

This weekend wrapped things up with the Great Race 2016 with a grand finish in Moline, Illinois. Congratulations to the Grand Champions, G.R. Pike and Bobby Hadskey! Congrats to everyone who finished and to those who may not have been so lucky–it was a challenging course this year, with high elevations, extreme heat, mountain roads and lots of turns and curves that put a lot of stress on these vintage vehicles. Whether your car actually rolled over the finish line or not–our own Stars and Stripes didn’t make it–there’s always next year. We are thankful for all the support and help our Spirit of Stahls teams received from those along the way and those back at home. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for following along and we will be sharing a few more pictures this week. We look forward to getting the cars back home and after a short break, getting ready for next year!

It's always a big celebration at the finish.

It’s always a big celebration at the finish.

Mary and I finished the day with 3 aces, thanks to a little help from Trevor.

Mary and I finished the day with 3 aces, thanks to a little help from Trevor.

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Granddaughter Emmalyn is also a future navigator.

Granddaughter Emmalyn is also a future navigator.

Brett and Danny also ended the day with three aces!

Brett and Danny also ended the day with three aces!

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See you next year!

See you next year!

At our lunch stop in Mason City, Iowa there was a custom printing shop.

At our lunch stop in Mason City, Iowa there was a custom printing shop.

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The Great Race 2016

 

 

Good Times in the Badlands

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Now we know why they call it the Badlands.

Now we know why they call it the Badlands.

It’s Friday on the Great Race 2016 and we had a full day of the wonders of South Dakota. After leaving Rapid City we headed to Chamberlain, where we were greeted by some of the most enthusiastic and friendly people ever. A wonderful lunch and patriotic centerpieces, complete with sparklers and Tootsie Pops.  When we arrived in Sioux Falls, one of the largest crowds yet was there to welcome us and check out the cars. Along the way, we drove through the Badlands National Park and both Brett and Dan and Trevor and Josh picked up a few aces today. It was a good day on the road. On Saturday we head into Iowa and it’s hard to believe it will all be over on Sunday when we arrive in Moline, Illinois. We are already feeling nostalgic that it’s going to be over soon.

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We’re right behind you!

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Let’s make this light!

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The Welcome Committee at our lunch stop.

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Arrival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Mary and I enjoy seeing these preserved and treasured signs in the small towns.

Mary and I enjoy seeing these preserved and treasured signs in the small towns.

We thought these Mt. Rushmore people were fantastic.

We thought these Mt. Rushmore people were fantastic.

In Chamberlain, SD

In Chamberlain, SD

Serving us in style.

Serving us in style.

Thank you thank you thank you, it was so tasty.

Thank you thank you thank you, it was so tasty.

Everyone gets a t-shirt. Thanks for a delicious lunch.

Everyone gets a t-shirt. Thanks for a delicious lunch.

Thank you to all the people who made our lunch stop in Chamberlain so special.

Thank you to all the people who made our lunch stop in Chamberlain so special.

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Miss South Dakota was on hand to greet us!

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Fun centerpieces at our lunch tables in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

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Dan and Brett with FOUR aces! Congratulations boys!

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Entering the Badlands National Park. How bad could it be?

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A great graphic at our lunch stop.

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The crowds couldn’t get enough of the cars at Sioux Falls.

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Trevor and Josh now have eight aces total for the 2016 Great Race.

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If you’ve ever driven across South Dakota, you can’t escape the fabulous marketing for the famous Wall Drug Store.

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Another photo opp for the Stars and Stripes, background Badlands.

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From the Great Race Facebook page. Great photo.

Where the Buffalo Roam

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Inside the Custer State Park and wildlife refuge in South Dakota.

Inside the Custer State Park and wildlife refuge in South Dakota. These bison are taking a break from “roaming.”

Thursday at the Great Race 2016 had us leaving Cheyenne as the FIRST CAR OUT! This is something that is decided by “drawing straws” and it was our turn to be the first car on the route. It’s a lot of pressure because you really don’t want to make any wrong turns. Of course after we made our first turn we ran into a railroad crossing where the train kept us waiting for about two and a half minutes. There were also numerous construction delays along the route but we finally made it to Lusk, Wyoming for lunch. After leaving Lusk, we crossed into South Dakota where we have been treated to some of the most breathtaking scenery yet. Of course the most imposing is Mt. Rushmore. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this National Monument, you should take it. Everyone knows what Mt. Rushmore looks like from the history books, but to see it in person is an entirely different experience. You can’t help but be impressed by the effort it took to chisel, blast and shape that mountain into one of the world’s most famous mountain carvings. It is a uniquely American and we were filled with pride to be able to admire this work of art. Along the way we also had the chance to visit Custer State Park, which is a state park and wildlife refuge. Over 1500 free roaming bison live in the park, as well as elk, mule deer, white tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, mountain lions, and feral burros. Most of the animals weren’t active during our drive through, we were told it’s better to cruise through at dusk. Another unforgettable day on the books.

When you look up and notice Mt. Rushmore!

When you look up and notice Mt. Rushmore!

A closer look at this magnificent mountain carving. Words can't do it justice.

A closer look at this magnificent mountain carving. Words can’t do it justice.

Arrival in Lusk, Wyoming after quite a few stops for construction on the rally route.

Arrival in Lusk, Wyoming after quite a few stops for construction on the rally route.

Rapid City, South Dakota.

Rapid City, South Dakota.

Welcome to Rapid City, South Dakota! Another amazing Great Race crowd is there to greet us.

Welcome to Rapid City, South Dakota! Another amazing Great Race crowd is there to greet us.

Leaving Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Leaving Cheyenne, Wyoming.

 

There is not much clearance on some of these tunnels!

There is not much clearance on some of these tunnels!

Will we fit?

Will we fit?

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Trevor takes a selfie.

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Craggy peaks.