2013 Great Race to stop in Cape Girardeau on June 25


Cape Girardeau, Mo., will host an overnight stop on the 2013 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Tuesday, June 25, race promoters have announced.



The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, is expected to bring up to 100 antique automobiles downtown to Main Street for this event. The race will start June 22 in St. Paul, Minn., at the State Fairgrounds and weave its way down the Mississippi River toward the Gulf of Mexico through 10 states and cross the river a dozen times before the finish in Mobile, Ala., on June 30. The stop in Cape Girardeau will be the last on Day 4 of the 9-day race. All but one of the overnight stops will be on the Mississippi River. The cars will arrive from a lunch stop in Washington, Mo., earlier in the day.

The Great Race, which began 30 years ago, is not a speed race, but a time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day that detail every move down to the second. They are scored at secret check points along the way and are penalized one second for each second either early or late. As in golf, the lowest score wins. Cars start – and hopefully finish – one minute apart if all goes according to plan. The biggest part of the challenge other than staying on time and following the instructions is getting an old car to the finish line each day, organizers say.
The cars will arrive after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25th at one-minute intervals for more than an hour and a half and stay parked for several hours to allow spectators to visit with the participants and to look at the cars. The Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau and Old Town Cape, in conjunction with the River City Rodders and the Capaha Antique Car Club are helping with the plans.

Cars built prior to 1969 are eligible, with most entries having been manufactured before World War II.

Over the decades, the Great Race has stopped in hundreds of cities big and small, from tiny Austin, Nev., to New York City.

“When the Great Race pulls into a city it becomes an instant festival,” race director Jeff Stumb said. “Last year we had 25,000 spectators at the start in Traverse City, Mich., and another 15,000 people at lunch in Fairport, N.Y., on our way to having 250,000 people see the Great Race during our 20 city stops.”

After leaving Cape Girardeau the following morning the cars will head south to Paragould, Ark.
The other overnight stops along the route are in La Crosse, Wisc., on June 22; in Davenport, Iowa, on June 23; in Hannibal, Mo., on June 24; in Germantown, Tenn., on June 26; in Vicksburg, Miss., on June 27; in Baton Rouge, La., on June 28; in Covington, La., on June 29; and in Mobile on June 30.

The event was started in 1983 by Tom McRae and it takes its name from the 1965 movie, The Great Race.

For More Information:
Danny Essner
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