America’s Car Museum (ACM) is set to be the final destination for The Great Race 2019. To celebrate the arrival of more than 120 vintage vehicles departing from Riverside, California, ACM will host a Shine Time Car Show and food truck festival open to all makes/models of collector vehicles on June 30.
The Great Race, which began in 1983 as an homage to the 1965 Tony Curtis film of the same name, is an annual long-distance vintage vehicle rally ending at various points throughout the country. This year marks the first time in the rally’s 36-year history that the tour will conclude at America’s Car Museum, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome.
“We are pleased to be working with our friends at LeMay – America’s Car Museum to host the finish of the 2019 Great Race,” said Great Race Director Jeff Stumb. “We started in Tacoma in 1996 and 1998 and finished there in 2005, but this will be the first time we have the honor of holding the race in conjunction with America’s Car Museum.”
A free, 90-minute Junior Judge Program at the Great Race Shine Time Car Show will allow youngsters ages 10 to 16 to learn about cool vehicles, meet their owners and award their favorites of the show. Available to all ACM members is a private VIP party in Club Auto, where guests can cool off, relax and mingle, according to organizers.
“The Great Race is an incredible rally and a monumental undertaking that celebrates the roots of America’s driving culture with countless people each year,” said America’s Automotive Trust Vice Chair David Madeira. “We’re honored to be the Grand Finish for their hundreds of participants, and we look forward to cheering the group on with thousands of spectators as they cross the finish line on June 30.”
Representing ACM during The Great Race is Jim Hedke with his wife Janet and daughter Allison, who will be driving in a 1964 Studebaker Lark Daytona, the vehicle that finished 5th overall in The Great Race 2015.
Additionally, car enthusiasts can kick off their automotive adventures at the Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) Rally for SAM: Coffee with Cars from 9 a.m. to noon on June 29.