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2017 GREATRACE HUGE SUCCESS BY ANY STANDARD…and a huge congratulations to the Team of Knowles & Gentry, in the Pop’s Passion, #66, 1932 Ford Cabriolet, as they finally “GOTTER DONE” by posting a sub-one minute cumulative score of 0m44.55s to win the Overall Grand Championship trophy and a $40,000 purse!!!  And, in the process, they also captured the Expert Division award and an additional $10,000 for a total of $50,000!!!! Way to go guys!!!

Top G. Championship score was the team of Sharp & Sharp with a 1m00.72s score.

Top Sportsman score was the team of Weaver & Jongerius with a 1m46.11s score.

Top Rookie score was the team of Olivia & Genna Gentry ( now that name seems to keep popping up, how come?) with a 2m33.44s.

Top X-Cup score was the Galax,VA team with a 4m34.56s.

Congratulations to you all ..see all scoring at

THE 2017 VCRA “RACE4AUTISM” IS THE REAL WINNER…and we here at VCRA are truly grateful to all of those who participated in this fun, as well as rewarding, fund raising event. With the cooperation of Greatrace ( Thank you Corky Coker & Jeff Stumb) and the gracious support of Jim Menneto of Hemmings Motor News, the 2017 Race4Autism was a mind boggling success.

When Pat Brothers came up with this zany idea that old car rally teams would do almost anything to get their car on the cover of Hemmings Motor News, I was a bit skeptical. Boy, was I wrong!!! So this was the deal..the team that could get their friends, relatives, team members, home town organizations, co-workers etc to donate to their team’s entry, the team that raised the most funds would get their car on the cover of Hemmings Motor News magazine. Well, in a week’s time, over 276 separate donations were made for a total of nearly $125,000!!! To say this was amazing would be an understatement!! What I can say to you all is “Thank You All Very Much!! You will have made hundreds, if not thousands, of kids with autism have a better, more productive, life.”

The Grand Prize winner was “Spirit of Stahl” (Ted & Mary Stahl) and they will have one of their cars on the cover of Hemmings Motor News, October edition.

In the Veteran Team Competition:

A special thanks to car #50, Team Pioneer, Wally Kandel, Dave Archer, Dean Booth & Gary O’Brien, that made a remarkable effort as the runner up team and received a $250 Coker Tire Gift Certificate.

Dan & Brad Epple were third and received a case of Champion Oil.

Ed & Steve Tourje ( these guys are the ones that really got the show on the road in the very beginning ) were next winning a Griot’s detail kit

Peter Prescott/ Maine Boyz followed also winning a Griot’s detail kit

In the Rookie Team Competition:

Carl & Mary Webster won a $250 Coker Tire Gift Certificate

Jess & Sarah Baxter won a case of Champion oil

Others whose donations were over $1,000 are:

Steve & Janet Hedke

Kolton Hastert

Jack & Zoe Hausman

Bob Marak

Leonard Harpenau & Tom Kucera

Alan & Helen Runck

Mike Weaver & Craig Jongerius

Harry Hollister & Glen Foe

Since space dictates we cannot show all 276 donation amounts, they are listed at


VCRA IS ALWAYS SEARCHING…For Autism Schools, Chapters or Programs in need. If you know of any in your area, please notify us or have them contact us. We Generally donate t 501c3, Non-Profit Organizations but are open to any in need. Thank You!

THE 2018 VCRA “ALL STARS FOR AUTISM” already in the planning stages. The date is May16th – 21st, 2018 and will be held in Joplin, Missouri. The host hotel will once again be the LaQunita Inn & Suites. As planning progresses, we will inform you on this web site.  Plan now to attend this world class event as a preparation for the 2018 Greatrace!!  See you there!!

THE 2017  FALL EDITION OF THE BRANSON COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION… will be here before you know it.  Scheduled for October 20 – 21, 2017 in Branson, Missouri, Jim and Kathy Cox, owners, always have a selection of cars that most likely will meet your expectations. From antique to classic, street rod to muscle car, and, yes, perhaps an airplane or a helicopter (I’ve seen’em all) make your plans now to attend. You will be glad you did. All details at  


Congratulations Barry & Irene Jason   

2016 “RACE FOR AUTISM” CHARITY RECIPIENTS NAMED…the following organizations have been selected to receive donations from the VCRA charity annual funding program.  As photos of the presentations arrive, they will be posted on the web site.

F.A.C.T.  Virginia Beach,. VA Beach, VA                                          $7,465.00

FACT is a 501C3 non-profit organization that VCRA  has had a long time relationship with. This year’s donation will totally fund the new “Out & About” program for teens and young adults. This program allows 1 on 1 staffing for those kids on outings in the general public who do not fully understand signs of danger, have limited communication skills and may be prone to wander. I can attest that Justyce, our grandson, has benefitted greatly from similar projects that has increased his ability to function in the public forum. FACT focuses on children of veterans.

SHERWOOD CENTER   Kansas City, MO                                                $12,000.00

A 501C3 organization that has finally found new accommodations that will allow them to accept up to 25 -30 new students. VCRA will totally fund a new sensory classroom complete with equipment including sensory items, bubble panels, 10 I-Pads w/ earphones and study centers. The room will be named in honor of VCRA and called the Justyce Room.

SUNSHINE SCHOOL   Searcy, AR                                                            $10,140.00

This 501C3 non profit school continues to offer specialized education services to pre-school, K-12 and adult development. There is no cost for a student to attend this school. VCRA will purchase 10 computers, software, printers and sensory items necessary to address communication and sensory issues. This will greatly broaden the scope of educational programs available at the school.

LARNED SCHOOL DISTRICT    Larned, KS                                                  $12,645.00

This public school serves a huge territory in western Kansas that has no support programs available for children affected with autism. VCRA is providing funding that will purchase all items such as fine motor /gross motor/auditory/ tactile/

visual and outdoor equipment to fully fund a complete sensory program for children with autism.


2017 VCRA EVENT RULES & REGULATIONS ..are posted on this web site. This abbreviated format makes it possible to make this edition applicable to all VCRA and/or VCRA sanctioned events.  All specific event information such as schedules, rally format, class designations, scoring format, awards, prizes etc will be provided on entry forms and/or event supplements prior to the event. Click on Rule Book for more Information.

VCRA RALLY CLOCKS…Just received a small shipment from supplier of “Sawtooth” VCRA legal rally clocks. New price is $149.00 including shipping to anywhere in the USA. Won’t last long..may be last we get for a while!! To order simply e-mail  or call 918-801-2406 to order.


 LOOKING FOR A SPEEDO? We here at VCRA try to locate and purchase all the used speedos we can to pass on to those that are entering the sport..however, it seems with the surge of Rookie teams each year, the demand has exceeded the supply. We will continue to try to find the used ones, and, in the meantime, our good friend Bill Croker has been successful in his program of finding, and making available, used Timewise speedos. If in need, also try Bill for a speedo at .  He is the guy that initiated the “Rookie Mentor” program, so you can believe what he tells you!!

 Looking for a Rally Car???… Go and check out the classified section on our website to find your next Rally Car. Click here for classifieds

VCRA Sponsors

2017 Coker Tire Challenge

September 15th - 17th 2017

Chattanooga, TN

Branson Collector Car Auction

October 20th & 21st ,2017

Branson, MO

2018 All “Stars For Autism” Rally

May 16th - 20th ,2018

Joplin, MO

VCRA GOT TO MEET… one of the recipients of a recent donation when we arrived in Newnan, GA during the Greatrace.  It was great to finally meet, in person, Mary Ulich, Director of Operations, of the Lionheart School in Alpharretta, GA. VCRA donated $25,000 to the school in 2015 to enhance their programs. It was great to actually visit with the folks, and hear how we were able to impact their program. And it is all possible because of the generosity of the folks in the old car rally family.  Thanks!!!