The Great Race, featuring more than 100 antique, vintage and collector cars, will get out of the gate on Saturday, June 21 at Ogunquit Beach.Here's the one Maine participant:
The race covers 10 states in nine days covering 2,100 miles to The Villages, Fla. It will leave Ogunquit at 10 a.m., with the cars available for viewing at 8:30 a.m.
With a name like the Great Race, one might be thinking of a hundred cars tearing out of Ogunquit Beach as fast as they can, burning through intersections and down Route 1. But this race is different. Think of it as a rally. The cars are manned by teams of two with a driver and navigator driving from point to point along the Eastern Seaboard.
1948 Ford Sedan. Stock. Picture from link.
Man, but that sounds like all kinds of crazy fun right there. 2,100 miles, from coastal Maine to just northwest of Orlando, FL. It's over nine days, with stops already planned for lunch and overnights. In vintage cars. All under their own power. With no GPS. If I had the time and a vehicle, I would be so in your head would spin.
My hat is really off to the folks running this race in the early vehicles. There are a handful from the '30s and '40s, and this kind of long distance haul is just not something these cars were built for. These are automobiles from a time period that pre-dates the interstate system, where putting on mileage meant something a lot different than it does now.
Of course, my mind's already reeling about the different choices. One of my first choices would be a mid-'70s Cadillac convertible, something insanely large, roomy, and fun in the summer. Another option, one that would be especially fun, would be one of the original Datsun 240Z roadsters. Sporty but reliable, the only downside would be spending 2,100 miles folded into that small of an area.
Heck, I wish I could have been in Ogunquit to see the racers off, let alone participate...
That is all.