The Great Race is making a stop in Downtown Wapakoneta on Wednesday June 28th at 12:30pm. Check out the website below for more information and to view all the stops, and to see what the Great Race is all about!
The Great Race will be rolling into downtown Wapakoneta on June 28th and you are invited to be a part of the fun. This will be the only Ohio stop in this year’s event.
The Great Race is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally. Any car up through model year 1972 is eligible to enter. For purposes of scoring, the older the vehicle, the better the age factor adjustment the team will receive. Last year the winning team drove a 1916 Hudson Indy Racer. The Great Race is not a test of top speed. It is a test of a driver/navigator team’s ability to follow precise course instructions and the car’s (and team’s) ability to endure on a cross-country trip. The course instructions require the competing teams to drive at or below the posted speed limits at all times.
This year the Great Race will begin in Jacksonville, Florida on June 24th and end in Traverse City, Michigan on July 2nd. An expected 120 of the race teams and their vintage cars will be spending their lunch hour in Wapakoneta on the 28th. The public is invited to join in the fun. Beginning at 12:30, the cars will be parked throughout the downtown area, arriving a minute apart, and after a quick lunch, the teams will return to their cars to talk with the public about their vehicle and about the race. It is a rare opportunity to see a wide variety of very unique, antique cars and trucks and talk with the teams driving these classic cars on this multi-day, cross country adventure.
While in downtown Wapakoneta for the rally, enjoy great food at restaurants such as Cloud 9, J. Marie’s and the Alpha Café. There is also a multitude of unique, specialty and antique shops, such as Casa Chic, Relic, Dad’s Toy Shop, Pamela Rose and the Auglaize Antique Mall, where you will find one of kind, fun, upcycled and distinctive items for your home, your wardrobe or for that special gift.
After the rally, check out the museum named for Wapakoneta’s most famous son, Neil Armstrong. Located near exit 111 of I-75, The Armstrong Air & Space Museum pays tribute to the first man to step onto the moon as well as the many accomplishments of Ohio Astronauts throughout the history of space exploration. While in the area you may also want to check out the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, the Miami Erie Canal in Memoria Park in St. Marys and Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio’s largest inland lake. Make it an afternoon of fun and discovery in the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region.
Great events don’t happen by accident and they certainly don’t happen in the blink of an eye. It takes a lot of work to develop, organize and run an intricate event such as The Great Race, and it took a lot of work behind the scenes to get it off the ground, when Tom McRae and Norman Miller did just that in 1983. The two individuals were partners in the deal, and bought out an ailing race promoter who planned to race pre-World War II automobiles across the United States for a massive purse. There were plenty of folks who doubted the feasibility of an event of this magnitude, but with help from a crew of like-minded car nuts, McRae and Miller made it work. From the inaugural event in ’83, there have been lots of memorable moments.