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B'ville: On the road again

John Hudson, of Hudson and Mowins, and his grandson Scott are back on the road again in their trusty, old "Stovbolt," a 1940 Chevrolet Business Coupe.

The Baldwinsville duo left Tuesday morning to participate in the Great American Race, a timed navigational competition that travels from coast to coast. The race consists of 100 antique vehicles manned by two person teams, one driver and one navigator. Each team travels the same course with a goal of completing each leg in the allotted amount of time set by organizers. Daily times are tracked and the team closest to the pre-set overall time is the winner.

This year, participants will leave Concord, North Carolina on June 30 and are scheduled to arrive in Anaheim, California on July 14.

Last year, John and Scott finished 30 out of 100 competitors, quite an achievement considering Scott was 13-years-old at the time. His grandfather is confident they will finish close to first place this year as Scott has significantly improved his technique.

"Scott got pretty good last year," John said.

Their vote of confidence is boosted by the fact the intergenerational team finished first in the recent regional qualifier held in Binghamton. John noted there were five or six Great American Race teams in the qualifier who they beat out in the competition.

For more information on the Great American Race, check out greatrace.com. to track John and Scott's progress during the race, visit greatrace.com and look up the Bowtie Boys.

The Baldwinsville Messenger will catch up with the "Bowtie Boys" and the results of the race when they return in July.

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