Special to the News Messenger
Trevor Stahl, a Christiansburg resident, is participated last month in the 2019 Hemmings Motor News Great Race, a yearly event in which teams from all over the country travel for over a thousand miles in antique cars.
This year’s race takes the motorists from Riverside, Calif. to Tacoma, Wash. driving for a week.
Last year, the race ran from western New York to Nova Scotia, Canada. Roughly 130 cars are making the northward trek this year. In order to be used in the race, cars have to have been made in 1974 or before.
Most of the participants come back year after year, which is one of the reasons why it’s a “very close-knit group.” They regularly work on each other’s cars, vacation together, and see each other at other events throughout the year.
Stahl has been participating in the Great Race for five years now. He does so with his driving partner Josh Hull. The two initially started participating in the race when Stahl took Hull to Detroit for his 30th birthday because he’s a big Detroit Red Wings fan and wanted to get to see them play. While there, Hull met Stahl’s father who is an avid car collector. In the past, Stahl’s father had entered some of his cars in the Great Race, which sparked Hull and Stahl’s interest in entering.
“His dad said to him, ‘Hey, I’ve got you a car. All you’ve got to do…