It’s rare for a father and son to find time to have a true bonding experience on the great open road. With extracurricular activities and real-life responsibilities constantly looming, savoring the scenic route can often take a back seat.
But after over a year of planning, one father and son duo was able to travel over 2,300 miles in order to complete the 2019 Hemmings Motor News Great Race, a timed rally race that takes place each year up. Father Howard Sharp, along with his adult son, Douglas Sharp, of Fairport, New York, took first place in the annual event for the third time, a tradition that has netted the two more than trophies and accolades.
“There’s a lot to be said about traveling with your kid,” Howard told local news station 13WHAM. The father says it a chance for him to reconnect with son, because “being married and being in business, which he is, you take him out of his element, he’s almost like he’s 15 again, and as a father-son thing, that’s just so special.”
The Sharp boys hit the pavement in Howard’s antique 1916 Hudson Hillclimber. Although it’s not their first victory, Howard says it still gets his pistons pumping every time. “You got the bulls-eye on your back, because we’d been leading the race a little bit,” he said. “And they announced that we won, and the confetti comes down, and it’s just like, wow.”
While winning isn’t everything, it’s worth mentioning that the two got more than just a pat on the back for their efforts. In addition to a trophy and bragging rights, the Sharps were presented with a check for $50,000. Not too shabby for doing something you love, eh?
In case you may be planning on entering next year’s event, you’ll need a classic car older than 1972 and GPS navigation is forbidden. You’ll also need a whole lot of luck, as according to Douglas’ Facebook page, the defending champs are already plotting out a fourth win in 2020.