We have been keeping very busy with pre-race rally school, registration, technical inspection and a variety of excellent activities. To recap the past two days at the Great Race 2016: On Wednesday, racers and Great Race staff continued to arrive in San Rafael, California. We were blown away by the energy from the city of San Rafael and after a day of race prep, we had one of the most enjoyable evenings ever. The Rafael Theater offered a special showing of the “The Great Race”, the 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood. And we made sure it was a movie night that all would remember, by bringing the original cars from the film (now under ownership of the Stahls Automotive Foundation), the Leslie Special and the Hannibal 8 to the streets of downtown San Rafael. It was truly a fantastic evening.
On Thursday we went through the registration process and tech inspection, where the cars are checked out for safety and for Great Race scoring. After getting everything checked out, including speedometer calibration, racers could go to San Francisco for a special photo opportunity with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background or make a few laps at the legendary Sonoma Raceway. In the evening, we all joined in on a dinner cruise boat and toured the San Francisco Bay. What scenery and what memories. We are so thankful that so many family members were able to join in the activities.