Downtown Mobile will serve as the finish line for The Great Race, a nine-day, 2,100-mile competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally on public highways. The Great Race is not a test of top speed, but instead focuses on a driver/navigator team's ability to follow precise course instructions and the car's and team's ability to endure on a cross-country trip.
The race started in St. Paul, Minnesota Saturday, June 22. It has followed along the Mississippi River towards the finish line at Bienville Square. On Sunday, June 30, the cars will exit off of I-10 onto Canal Street. They'll take Jackson Street to Dauphin Street where they'll turn right, circle Bienville Square, then finish near the intersection of Dauphin and Conception Streets.
This year's Great Race features antique and vintage vehicles from 1969 and older. As part of the celebration of The Great Race finish, up to 300 vintage and antique vehicles from classic car clubs around the Gulf Coast will be on display in downtown Mobile. You can also watch a special showing of the musical classic "Grease" at The Saenger Theatre. Many brunch, lunch and dinner spots will be open and offering specials.
Schedule of Events for Sunday, June 30:
9:00 a.m. – Classic car clubs arrivals begin, around Bienville Square
12:00 p.m. – Grease film showing, Saenger Theatre (tickets are $2 each)
2:00 p.m. – The Great Race Finishing Ceremony begins, Bienville Square
2:30 p.m. – First vehicle expected to cross The Great Race Finish Line, Bienville Square (near Dauphin and Conception Streets)
Until 4:30 p.m. – The Great Race vehicles continue to cross finish line and race vehicles available for public viewing, Bienville Square
For more information on The Great Race, please visit http://www.greatrace.com or http://www.facebook.com/greatracerally .
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