June 26, 2017 – If you love old cars and like to travel, what better way to spend a week in early summer than competing in a classic car cross-country race?
“The Great Race” came through Dunlap Monday, on its way from Jacksonville, Fla., to Travers City, Mich. The race is actually a stately parade of pre-WWII vehicles, competing on the basis of maintaining a prescribed speed for different segments of the ride, and arriving as close to the designated arrival time as possible. The tie-breaker is often the age of the vehicle, with bonus points given to older cars.
The Great Race, as it is now, traces its roots back to 1983 and founders Tom McRae and Norman Miller. The idea was to have a family-friendly event that that allowed classic car enthusiasts to match their vehicles against other vintage automobiles. Competitors drive a variety of unique vehicles, from old Volkswagens to classic Corvettes and vintage police cars.
Passing through Dunlap on the Chattanooga-to-Bowling Green leg of the race, competitors paused at Way of the Cross Church on Fredonia Road before heading up the mountain and tooling across the Cumberland Plateau.
The weather cooperated beautifully. And as the race hearkened back to simpler times, it seemed appropriate that there was nothing cutthroat about it, but rather it was steeped in courtesy and pleasant fellowship.
June 24, 2017 – It started with 10 or 12 painted rocks. Now hundreds of people are finding and hiding rocks around Dunlap. But these are not just any rocks. Each one has its own unique personality.
“I was on a friend's Facebook page where we used to live in Prattville, Ala.,” Kim Reyes recalled. “They were doing this, and I thought that was amazing!”
People paint a hand-sized rock any way they like, and then put it somewhere out in the open. Then they take a picture of it and post it on the designated Facebook page, inviting people to try to find it. And, apparently, it is a national trend.
“It is all over the place,” Reyes said Saturday. “You can search almost any city. It's all over.”
Reyes thought it would be a great thing to do in Dunlap, so she enlisted a co-conspirator.
mom and I painted about 10 or 12 rocks and hid them around the city,”
she said. But the idea spread like wildfire. Now, only about 11
days old, “Dunlap Rocks” can boast over 100 rocks hidden around
Dunlap, and over 500 followers on the Dunlap Rocks Facebook page.
Anyone can join in the fun, by simply finding a rock or two – or, as Reyes did recently, buying a bag of river rock from Lowe's – and painting them. Reyes suggests getting acrylic paint, which is available at Walmart. Paint a cute design on the rock, being sure to write “FB #dunlaprocks” on the back. You can even name your rock, if you want to, and paint the name on it as well. Then seal it with a clear finish like Rustoleum or Krylon.
When you hide your rock, be sure to put it where people can see it, then take a picture of it and post it on the Dunlap Rocks Facebook page, along with a clue as to where it is. When you find a rock, take a picture of it and post it, along with where you found it. Then hide it again!
Recently, when Reyes was hiding some rocks, she found some rocks. She and her granddaughter took a picture of each one to post on Facebook, and then hid them again.
“The ones that kids paint really get to me,” she admitted. “They're not on the computer playing games, they're not watching TV, they're outside putting out rocks with their parents, their brothers, and their sisters.”
For more information, go to the Dunlap Rocks page on Facebook.