(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Race organizers have announced that the 2016 Great Race
has chosen Cheyenne as an overnight stop, June
The Great Race is a world premiere old car rally that will bring 120 of the
world’s finest antique automobiles downtown to Depot Plaza for the event.
The race will start June 18 in San Rafael, Calif., and finish June 26 in
Moline, Ill., on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Cars built in 1972 and earlier are eligible, with most entries having been
manufactured before World War II. Along the 2,400-mile route, competitors
travel parts of the Lincoln Highway in six states – California, Nevada,
Utah, Wyoming, Iowa and Illinois – in addition to a side trip to South
Dakota to see Mount Rushmore and the Badlands.
The Great Race, which began 33 years ago, is not a speed race, but a
time/speed/distance rally where each vehicle, with a driver and navigator,
are given precise instructions each day that detail every move down to the
second. They are scored at secret check points along the way and are
penalized one second for each second either early or late (as in golf, the
lowest score wins).
The vehicles will arrive in Cheyenne starting at 5:15 p.m. at one-minute
intervals for two hours. More than 300 hotel rooms have been secured in
Cheyenne on June 22 at several different hotels.
“These events draw from near and far, so we expect that not only will hotel
rooms be sold to the participants in the race, but people will travel from
up and down the front range to see these vintage automobiles and experience
the excitement,” Jim Walter, Visit Cheyenne Director of Sales and
“When the Great Race pulls into a city it becomes an instant festival,”
race director Jeff Stumb said. “Last year we had three overnight stops with
more than 10,000 spectators on our way to having 250,000 people see the
Great Race during the event.”
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.
Learn more about the race and past winners here: www.greatrace.com.
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