The Great Race was started back in the early 1980’s by Tom McRae. With the help of Curtis Graf, the race was created. It first ran from Los Angeles, California to Indianapolis, Indiana and the prize money would be $250,000. The most interesting part about the race was that it was only open to pre-World War II vehicles making it an interesting challenge. “Great Race Regional Rallies are automotive competitions based on precision driving and navigational skills in classic, antique, and vintage automobiles. The Events are timed, controlled-speed, endurance rallies—not top-speed races. Each vehicle must follow a prescribed common route while attempting to maintain assigned average speeds.”
McRae is no longer with us but his legacy lives on through Corky Coker. Coker’s leadership has kept the event going for the past two years and plans on continuing to do so.
This event is all about people who love vintage cars and love to drive them across country. People who participate in the Great Race work together like they would in a marriage. Two people will ride together and one will navigate. It’s hard to keep your eyes on the map when you’re passing such great scenery such as Lake Ontario.
That’s not to say that racers don’t encounter their share of problems on the road. If something busts, people will get out of their cars and fix whatever is broken right on the side of the road. A true testimony of how much passion there really is in this race.
All sorts of people participate in this event and when racers pull through towns, it’s an attention grabber. The cool thing about The Great Race is the participants. The people are all genuine car enthusiasts and have great sportsmanship when it comes to the event.
The video shows you just how great The Great Race really is. It’s really more of a lifestyle rather than just an event.