Family Ministry Spreads Message in a Vintage 1941 Cadillac Convertible

Focus on the Family
Friday, 27 June 2003

Focus on the Family Participates in The Great Race for Eighth Consecutive Year

For the eighth consecutive year, a team representing Focus on the Family will join a fleet of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles in The Great Race. With approximately 100 vintage vehicles, it is the largest car rally-race in the world. This year the race will start on June 21 in Livonia, MI (suburb of Detroit) and end on July 5 in Daytona, FL, navigating through back roads and scenic towns.

Focus constituents will take turns each day driving Car 34, a restored 1941 Cadillac convertible that was donated to the ministry. As the official navigator of Car 34, Pastor Wayne Hoag from Truckee, CA will ride with the driver and relay the specific daily instructions. Stepping outside of its corporate offices and into the communities it serves, Focus participates in The Great Race to greet friends and introduce others to the ministry.

"With over 90 different forms of outreach, we make contact with millions of people each day," said Steve Sharpe, Focus on the Family Public Affairs representative. "But there's nothing more rewarding than to meet our constituents face to face, and to educate others about how we help families in today's troubled culture."

Echoing the speed-controlled road rallies popular prior to 1940, The Great Race is a timed endurance rally-race; a contest about precision driving and navigation, not speed. A wristwatch, analog clock, speedometer, pencil and paper (no maps, cell phones or odometers) are the only instruments racers may use to chart their miles and follow course instructions at exact, predetermined speeds. Winners finish within seconds of the predetermined "perfect time."

Focus originally became involved with The Great Race in 1996, when a ministry Public Affairs representative who was a vintage car enthusiast learned about this unique opportunity to reach constituents on the road. Focus also believes strongly in the themes that the race is built upon - God, country and family values.

For more information about Focus on the Family, call 1-800-A-FAMILY or visit For additional information on The Great Race 2003 and its family-friendly events, visit

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