The 2007 Coker Tire Challenge, presented by Great Race, is scheduled for Sept. 21-23 in Chattanooga, Tenn., home to Coker Tire's international headquarters. The three-day Great Race rally will take participants through southeastern Tennessee, northern Georgia and Alabama in what is being called the "new" fall classic.
"Coker Tire is pleased to host our vintage rally friends who not only have great collector cars, but get them out and drive them," said Corky Coker, president of Coker Tire. "Besides... you can't get the smiles unless you do the miles!"
Much like national Great Race events, the Coker Tire Challenge features classic cars manufactured in 1969 or earlier in an open-road, rally race designed by John Classen, Great Race's world-class course designer.
The Coker Tire Challenge is based on the Great Race competition format, a street-legal rally race on public highways. Precision driving is required from the driver and navigator, who follow a specific set of course instructions that indicate every turn, speed change, stop and start that the race teams make.
"We are thrilled to create a fun fall event for classic car enthusiasts," said Bill Ewing, CEO for Rally Partners, Inc., the event organizers. "Last year's Coker Tire Challenge was a huge success and a terrific starting point for creating an annual fall regional rally that everyone can mark on their calendar as a 'must attend' event."
This year, participants look forward to three days of challenging competition, along with daily social events, including a street festival at Coker Tire's international headquarters, held in conjunction with the Harley Owners Group, which is kicking off its High Octane Tour the same weekend.
Coker Tire Challenge
1740 West Katella Ave., Suite W
Orange, CA 92867-3434