For the first time ever the 2019 Great Race will start and finish on the West Coast. Raced over the course of 9-days with 2,300-miles of adventure and 120 of the world’s finest cars, 18 cities will be traveled between California and Washington, starting in Riverside and ending in Tacoma.
The most amazing thing about this race, which started in the early 1980s, is that it is only open to classic cars, making the race an even bigger challenge to participants. Any car up through model year 1972 is eligible to enter. The race is a family event with routes that are so interesting you’ll end up taking your time through the race just to take in the sights.
The race organizers try to find the best and most interesting routes. Since its inception in 1983, racers have traveled from Disneyland in Anaheim, California to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, from Virginia to Washington, and from California to New York, just to name a few.
As a time/speed/distance road rally, participants are given a set of course instructions that show every turn, speed change, stop and start that the team must take throughout the day. There are 4 to 7 checkpoints recording the exact time that a team passes the point and the objective is to arrive at each checkpoint at the correct time, not the fastest time. GPS or computers are not allowed to be used, and the odometer is taped over because the race is designed to test the human mental agility and endurance as well as the endurance of the classic car.
In the end there is a split prize of $250,000 for the winners and a trophy, but the real prize is the adventure.