Cape Girardeau, MO will once again host an overnight stop for the 2020 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Drivers Club on Tuesday, June 23.
The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, brings 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to town with the first car rolling into downtown on Main Street at 5:15 p.m. The race last stopped in the city in 2013.
Visit Cape, Old Town Cape and the City of Cape Girardeau, in conjunction with the River City Rodders, Capaha Antique Car Club, BOLD, and several other community organizations are coordinating the local event.
“In 2013, Cape Girardeau won the Best Overnight City Award and event organizers are hoping for a repeat in 2020. This event is just as much for the community as it is for the Great Race participants. Bring your family to Downtown Cape and visit with the participants & their cars, shop, grab a bite to eat and enjoy this community event!” Alyssa Phares, Visit Cape.
Each stop on the Great Race is free and open to the public. Spectators will be able to visit with participants and to look at the cars. It is common for kids to climb in the cars for a first-hand look.
“When the Great Race pulls into a city it becomes an instant festival,” said race director Jeff Stumb. “Last year we had a couple of overnight stops with more than 10,000 spectators on our way to having 250,000 people see the Great Race during the event.”
In all, Great Race participants cover more than 2,300 miles in 9 days. The race starts at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, on June 20 and ends on June 28 in Greenville, S.C., after traveling through 10 states along their 2020 route.
The Great Race is a technical abilities extravaganza. Drivers are not competing for speed, but rather a combination of traveling posted speed limits over long distances with timed arrivals. Cars start – and hopefully make it to the finish – one minute apart if all goes according to team plans. Teams are scored at secret checkpoints along the way and are penalized one second for each second either early or late. As in golf, the lowest score wins.
Teams and cars from Japan, England, Germany, Canada and every corner of the United States are participating in vintage automobiles dating back as far as 1916. Cars built in 1974 and earlier are eligible, with most entries having been manufactured before World War II.
In addition to the 2019 defending champions in their 104-year-old Hudson, a 1917 Peerless Racer and a chain-driven 1918 American LaFrance Speedster are the oldest cars scheduled to be in the 2020 Great Race. The winners receive $50,000 of the $150,000 total purse.
For more information go to visitcape.com/great-race, contact Visit Cape at 573-335-1631 or email Alyssa Phares-Fee at firstname.lastname@example.org.