Old Sacramento will host the first overnight stop on the 2016 Great Race as more than 100 vintage automobiles roll into the state capital on Saturday, June 18. Old Sacramento is the original downtown built on the Sacramento River after the Gold Rush started in 1849. Some of the buildings date to the 1880s and today it is a wonderful tourist destination complete with cobblestone streets, unique shops and fine restaurants. A crowd in excess of 10,000 is expected in Old Sacramento to see the Great Race as the cars will arrive in front of the California State Railroad Museum beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The racers will have dinner on their own that evening in one of the dozens of restaurants and bars in the area. Old Sacramento is also home to the California Automobile Museum, and racers and support crews will have the opportunity to visit it as well.
The day will begin in Marin County in downtown San Rafael and the racers will make their way east for the first time in almost 20 years on the Great Race. The lunch stop is in Vacaville. The following morning, the racers will head out over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Gardnerville, Nev., for lunch before finishing in downtown Reno at the National Automobile Museum.