Great Race stops in neighboring areas tonight and Friday |

Great Race stops in neighboring areas tonight and Friday

Photo courtesy of www.greatrace.comThe Bullethole Special, a 1920 Essex Roadster, participated in the 2003 Great Race. The roadster was driven by Clem Lange of Huntingburg, Ill. Bruce Sickbert, of Dale, Ill., navigated the course. This year's race began on June 19, with cars arriving in Truckee tonight at about 6.
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For Truckee officials and residents, the Great Race 2004 means a street party tonight and more than 100 vintage car drivers visiting the town.

Tonight’s festivities for the Great Race, which began June 19 in Jacksonville, Fla. and is scheduled to finish Saturday in Monterey, includes music, other entertainment and food in addition to a Shine Time Vintage Car Show hosted by the Optimist Club at 4 p.m. in downtown’s Donner Pass Road. The Great Race cars arrive about 6


Downtown Truckee will be closed to all other vehicles from 2 to 9 p.m. Parking is available at the rodeo grounds; spectators can take the Truckee Trolley to and from downtown.

The Great Race car drivers will have a pit stop at Marysville from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the downtown’s D Street. Car information booths will be set up and area car clubs will also display their vehicles.

The inaugural seven-day Great Race in 1983 was from the Los Angeles area to Indianapolis. Other routes have included Hollywood to New York City; Disney Land to Walt Disney World; Virginia to Washington state; Canada to Mexico City and Michigan to Daytona.

This year’s vintage automobiles include a 1916 Packard, 1925 Rickenbaker, 1920 Essex Roadster, 1957 Bentley S1 Radcliffe and 1916 White Dolphin.

For more information about the Great Race, call the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce (587-2757) or the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce (743-6501).

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