Huntington’s Heritage station to host stopover during 2021 Grand Race – archyworldys
HUNTINGTON – The region will host a lunch break during the big Hemmings Motor News 2021 race presented by Hagerty on Friday in Huntington, race organizers said.
The Great Race, the world’s first classic car rally, will bring 120 of the world’s best vintage cars to town for the $ 150,000 event, with the first car entering the Heritage Station starting at 11:30 am.
An arrival ceremony with color guard and national anthem will take place at 11:25 a.m.
Each stage of the Grande Course is free for the public and spectators will be able to visit the participants and observe the cars for several hours. It’s common for kids to get into cars for a first-hand glimpse.
In total, event participants will cover more than 2,300 miles in nine days. The start was in front of the Alamo de San Antonio on June 19.
The race ends Sunday in Greenville, SC. Teams and cars from Japan, England, Germany, Canada, and all over the United States will compete in their vintage cars dating as far back as 1916.
âThere are over 500 people around the world who are taking part in this incredible adventure,â said director Jeff Stumb.
Along the course, competitors will pass through 10 states – Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The Grande Course, which started 38 years ago, is not a speed race, but a time / speed / distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and a navigator, receive precise instructions every day that detail each movement down to the second. They are marked at secret checkpoints en route and are penalized one second for every second early or late. Like in golf, the lowest score wins.
Cars built in 1974 and earlier are eligible, with most entries made before WWII. The event was started in 1983 by Tom McRae and it takes its name from the 1965 film, The Great Race, which starred Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk. The film is a comedy based on the actual 1908 auto race from New York to Paris. The Big Race became a huge success thanks to late-night screenings on ESPN when the network had just started in the early 1980s.
Locally, the lunch stop is sponsored by Huntington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Huntington Regional Antique Automobile Club of America, Greater Huntington Parks & Recreation District, Shops at Heritage Station and HoneyBaked Ham Barboursville.
For more information, visit www.greatrace.com.