Chattanooga, Tenn.-based The Coker Group has announced that a $50,000 prize will be awarded to the overall winner of the 30th annual Great Race, a 2,100-mile, cross-country, vintage car rally.
The race, which commences June 22, will take 97 teams driving vintage vehicles through miles of back roads and scenic byways of the Midwest and Southern U.S. as they compete for more than $150,000 in total prize money across four different divisions.
“I can’t think of a better way to cap off the month of June than to win $50,000,” said Jeff Stumb, the race’s director. “The Great Race draws thousands and thousands of spectators to each stop along the route because it is the most unique event in motorsports. Visitors will see almost 100 of the most impressive antique cars in America -“ and they don’t have to go to a museum to see them; the cars come right to Main Street after hundreds of miles in competition each day.”
The 2013 event will feature antique cars from across the country; the oldest competing car will be a 1913 Premier, and the newest competing car will be a 1969 Chevy Camaro.
Other notable competing cars include a 1916 Hudson Indy race car, a 1917 Peerless and a 1920 Model T.
Last year’s grand champions were Barry and Irene Jason of Keller, Texas, who competed with a 1935 Ford coupe.
Participants will stop in 10 states and 19 cities over the course of nine days as they make their way down the Mississippi River from St. Paul, Minn., to Mobile, Ala.
More than 60,000 spectators are expected at the Fairgrounds in St. Paul during the kick off to this year’s race which piggybacks on St. Paul’s “Back to the 50s Weekend” celebration.
For additional information, and live up-to-date blogging of this year’s event, please visit www.greatrace.com.