More than 100 classic cars will be racing in Santa Fe Plaza on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. when the big 2021 race of Hemmings Motor News Temple – a rally that will include automotive teams from the US, Japan, England, Germany and Canada .
This year, runners are slated to travel more than 2,300 miles to Greenville, SC in nine days. drive
Although cars built in 1974 and earlier are allowed for the event, race organizers said the majority of vehicles registered were made before World War II. The oldest vehicles entered for the race include a 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hill Climber – which won the competition in 2019 – and a 1917 Peerless Speedster.
“Along the route, the participants will travel through 10 states: Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina,” said the race organizers.
The drivers who will start their engines in front of the Alamo in San Antonio on Saturday will not only be recognized for their speed.
“The vehicles, each with driver and navigator, receive precise instructions every day that describe every movement down to the second,” said the race management. “They are scored on the way at secret checkpoints and penalized one second either too early or too late for each second. The cars will hopefully start and end every minute if everything goes according to plan. “
The winners will be awarded $ 50,000 of the total of $ 150,000 and hundreds of entrants will seek this award.
“In our wake alone, more than 500 people from around the world are taking part in this incredible adventure,” said Jeff Stumb, director of Hemmings Motor News Great Race, in a press release.
Stumb said he encourages residents at each of the stops – such as Temple – to visit and interact with the race participants as it is free to the public.
“When the Great Race moves into a city, it becomes an instant festival,” said Stumb. In the last race he said, “We had a couple of overnight stops with more than 10,000 spectators on the way, 250,000 people during the event to see the Big Race.”