Great Race Coming To Cape Girardeau


Cape Girardeau will host the 2013 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty on June 25.

The Great Race is a vintage car time, speed and endurance race using public roads across the United States, following the Mississippi River. Race competitors will stay overnight in Cape Girardeau on Day 4 of the race.

“The Great Race is a unique and exciting event that attracts large crowds at all of its overnight destinations. Testimonials from communities that have served as host cities proclaim the Great Race as one of the best events they have ever been involved with,”  said Danny Essner, head of the Great Race committee.

The race is limited to pre-1969 cars. Over 100 cars are expected to enter the race. Teams of two consisting of a driver and a navigator complete up to 250 directions per day in an attempt to reach checkpoints at designated times. The results of the race are not based on getting from one point to another as fast as possible but rather by the teams following directions as closely as possible to reach each checkpoint at the appropriate time.

“The Great Race is a family oriented event that will provide a great opportunity for parents to spend a fun evening with their kids – and the best part is that it is totally free,” Essner said.

The cars will start arriving in Cape Girardeau after 5 p.m. via Kingshighway. The cars will then travel down Broadway to Main Street where they will cross a finish line. Spectators will be able to visit with the competitors and look at the cars after the race.

“This is an opportunity to be a spectator at the world’s premier vintage car road rally,” Essner said. “Let’s show the participants in this year’s Great Race some good old-fashioned Cape Girardeau hospitality. Our goal is to make the Great Racers overnight stay in Cape the highlight of this year’s race.”

The race will begin on June 22 in St. Paul, Minn., and end in Mobile Ala., on June 30.

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