Antique cars rolling into Owensboro as part of The Great Race


OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) Over 10- antique automobiles were in Owensboro on Wednesday for The Great Race. The first cars arrived at 5 p.m.   

The Great Race, which began 38 years ago, is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled time, speed, and endurance road rally on public highways. It is not a test of top speed. A team, which consists of one driver and one navigator, is tested for their ability to follow precise course instructions and their ability, as well as the car’s, to endure on a cross-country trip. The course instructions require the competing teams to drive at or below the posted speed limits at all times. Teams are scored at secret checkpoints along the way and are penalized for each second either early or late. As in golf, the lowest score wins. More than $158,000 will be awarded to top finishers in several divisions.

“This is a race of accuracy and endurance. It’s who can do the speeds correctly, all the turns correctly, handle all the stops, maybe a train or a tractor, and stay on time,” says race director Jeff Stumb.

Once the race is finished, participants in the event will have covered more than 2,300 miles over a span of just nine days. It started in front of the Alamo in San Antonio, TX on June 19, and will finish on June 27 in Greenville, S.C. All vehicles have to be manufactured before 1975.

“I think it’s great for the community and I think it’s really great that they decided to come through Owensboro, says Vince Nealen, who watched the vehicles arrive behind the Hampton Inn Owensboro Riverfront.

Dave Kirk of Visit Owensboro says the expected crowd on the riverfront for this event may make it resemble a Friday After 5 that’s being held on a Wednesday.

The race will continue tomorrow through Elizabethtown, Ky. and Lexington, Ky. before ending in South Carolina.

(This story was originally published on June 23, 2021)

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