Hazel Dell hosts stopover on world’s premiere old car rally
VANCOUVER, Wash. — On June 28, Vancouver USA will host an overnight stop on the 2019 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The Great Race will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to town for the $150,000 event, with the first car rolling into Hazel Dell’s The Museum, Cars by Ron Wade around 5 p.m.
“We are thrilled to welcome the drivers and others involved with the race to Vancouver this summer,” said Kim Bennett, President and CEO of Visit Vancouver USA. “Not only is the economic impact great for the city, but hosting early 20th century cars at an up-and-coming attraction will be a perfect fit.”
The Museum, a former auto dealership on the corner of 78th Street and Highway 99, displays a collection of premium, luxury, classic and antique cars and trucks. For a night, Ron Wade’s space will host older cars, like the 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber and the 1918 LaFrance Speedster.
Overnight stops on The Great Race have been known to draw more than 10,000 spectators in previous years to the free, public event. Participants will be present to answer questions and (if you’re lucky) let the kids climb in the cars for a first-hand look.
Participants will cover more than 2,300 miles in nine days during this journey, but the objective isn’t necessarily to come in first place. The Great Race is a rally based on a combination of time, speed, and distance.
Vancouver is the second-to-last overnight stop, with the race finishing on June 30 in Tacoma, Wash. at the LeMay – America’s Car Museum. The race begins on June 22 in Riverside, Calif.
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