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Montgomery, N.Y. To Host 2022 Great Race Lunch Stop
The event was started in 1983 by Tom McRae and it takes its name from the 1965 movie, The Great Race, which starred Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk.
The Great Race, the world's premiere old car rally, will bring 120 of the world's finest antique automobiles to town for the $150,000 event, with the first car rolling on to Clinton Street starting at 12:15 p.m. The start of the event will be in Warwick, R.I., on June 18, and the finish will be in Fargo, N.D., on June 26.
"We are excited to bring this unique event to Montgomery for the first time," race director Jeff Stumb said. "We love Eastern New York, and this will be the first time the event has been back to this area since an overnight stop in Poughkeepsie in 2014."
The 9-day, 2,300-mile adventure will travel to 19 cities in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota.
Each stop on the Great Race is free to the public and spectators will be able to visit with the participants and to look at the cars for several hours. It is common for kids to climb in the cars for a first-hand look.
Cars built in 1974 and earlier are eligible, with most entries having been manufactured before World War II. In the 2021 Great Race a 1932 Ford won the event from San Antonio, Texas, to Greenville, S.C. The 2022 winners will again receive $50,000 of the $150,000 total purse.
A 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber, a 1917 American LaFrance and a 1917 Peerless racer are the oldest cars scheduled to be in the 2022 Great Race.
Over the decades, the Great Race has stopped in hundreds of cities big and small, from tiny Austin, Nev., to New York City.
"When the Great Race pulls into a city it becomes an instant festival," Stumb said. "Last year we had several overnight stops with more than 10,000 spectators on our way to having 250,000 people see the Great Race during the event."
The Great Race gained a huge following from late night showings on ESPN when the network was just starting out in the early 1980s. The first entrant, Curtis Graf of Irving, Texas, is still a participant today.
The event's main sponsors are Hemmings Motor News, Hagerty Drivers Club and Coker Tire.
For more information, go to www.greatrace.com or contact Jeff Stumb at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 423-648-8542.
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