Posted Jun 25th 2012 4:30PM
The Great Race is a long distance driving event presented by the folks at Hemmings Motor News. This multi-day race is open to classic cars built before World War 2, as these vintage vehicles and their dedicated drivers are put to the ultimate test of endurance. And as we reported earlier, it is coming through Canada this year.
Rather than a speed event, The Great Race is a timed, navigational event. This means that drivers and co-drivers have to stick to a route map and keep to a specific, moderate speed. This is more difficult than it sounds in a modern car. Add in the unknown reliability of these historic cars and it can quickly become a more exciting adventure. Not to mention the fact that many of these cars have no roof, doors, air-conditioning or even windows!
Always looking for a new challenge, this year's organizers have created a route that will take racers around the Great Lakes, looping through Canada and New York State before returning to Michigan. Once complete, the 7-day journey will have taken drivers through 19 cities in 2 countries and 4 states.
It's not everyday you get to see 100-year old cars driving on public roads... let alone in a competitive race! If you get a chance, try to make it out to one of the Canadian stops along this historic journey found after the jump.
These works of automotive art are on display in Barrie, ON today at Heritage Park (June 25) and then moving on to Hazeldean Mall in Kanata/Ottawa (June 26), and Confederation Park in downtown Kingston (June 27) as the remaining Canadian stops for 2012. Check out the map below for full route details.
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