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Sisters, ages 20 and 18, youngest winners of The Great Race

Olivia and Genna Gentry take ’32 Ford 5-window coupe to victory

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Sisters Olivia Gentry, 20, and Genna Gentry, 18, of Newnan, Georgia, became the youngest winners of The Great Race, winning the 9-day, 2,300-mile cross-country competition for vintage vehicles. The 2021 time-distance rally, which began in San Antonio, Texas, ended June 27 in Greenville, South Carolina. 

The sisters, competing for the fourth time, earned $50,000 for their performance in a 1932 Ford 5-window coupe. Olivia drove and Genna navigated. They had finished seventh overall in 2019. 

The competition drew 120 entries in the time-distance rally that precludes the use of modern navigation or electronic devices while competing in various stages at precise time and speed averages. Teams can use only a map, stopwatches and “old-fashioned reckoning,” event organizers note.

Great Race, Sisters, ages 20 and 18, youngest winners of The Great Race, ClassicCars.com Journal
Genna Gentry (left) and her sister Olivia win The Great Race 2021

“We are thrilled that the Gentry sisters won the race after several impressive showings over the past few years,” Wade Kawasaki, president and chief executive of event owner Legendary Companies, was quoted in the post-event news release.

“These young ladies and their beautiful ‘32 Ford have shown that the spirit of competition, a drive to compete and excellent math and navigational skills live on in the youngest generation.”

Great Race, Sisters, ages 20 and 18, youngest winners of The Great Race, ClassicCars.com Journal

The Gentrys’ No. 65 ’32 Ford coupe is powered by an original-style 21-stud flathead V8 engine with a 3-speed transmission. 

Finishing second were Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry in a 1932 Ford cabriolet. Third went to Gary and JeanAnn Martin in a 1932 Ford coupe. Fourth was a 1916 Hudson Hill Climber with Howard and Doug Sharp aboard.

Complete results are on The Great Race website.

Great Race, Sisters, ages 20 and 18, youngest winners of The Great Race, ClassicCars.com Journal
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Dadgum. Wish I’d known about the race sooner, would have gone to the finish line. Would be nice to see pics of the other finishing cars

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