Great Race Comes to Erie Monday
The Great Race will stop in Erie on Monday, bringing more than 130 vintage, antique and collector cars to the area, according to the Erie Sports Commission.
The race has not stopped in Erie since 1988.
The cars and their drivers will be parked on State St. near Perry Square from 5 until 8 p.m. Spectators are invited to stop by to talk with the race’s participants and get an up-close look at the vehicles.
The Great Race officially sets off from Warwick, Rhode Island, Saturday. Vehicles participating in the world’s premier old car rally will travel 2,300 miles over nine days. They will stop in 19 cities before ending in Fargo, North Dakota, June 26.
The event includes eight planned overnight stops including Erie. Teams and cars from Japan, England, Australia, Germany, Canada and locations across the United States are expected to participate.
The oldest cars registered for the rally are a 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hill Climb Car, a 1917 American LaFrance and a 1917 Peerless. Cars built in 1974 and earlier participate. Most of the vehicles were manufactured before World War II.
A team including a driver and navigator operate each vehicle and are given precise, daily instructions. Teams are scored at secret check points along the route and penalized for being either early or late. The winning team with the lowest score for most accurately following instructions receives $50,000 of the total $150,000 prize pool.
More information and a complete route overview is available here.