The 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty started today! We lined up nearly 120 cars and trucks on Seneca Street, right outside the Pierce-Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo, New York, and it didn’t take long for the streets to fill up with spectators. The day started with a little bit of wet weather, but we got a break in the moisture for a couple hours. The last 20 cars to roll through the starting line gate did so with a rain shower. From there, it was on the road to Batavia for a quick lunch on our own before we took to the back roads.
You could say that Great Racers like to take the scenic route, but if you had seen today’s route, it takes the “scenic route” to a whole new level. Not only did we see some beautiful New York countryside, we saw it a few times, and from a few different angles, thanks to a challenging course. Today’s course instructions sent us on a series of loops and mazes that kept everyone on their toes from start to finish. Turn after turn, the route went through farm land and a few small towns. It led us to our dinner stop in Fairport, New York, the hometown of Howard and Doug Sharp. Just like the last time we stopped in Fairport, the Sharps and their hometown crew pulled out all the stops. The venue itself is awesome, as Main Street in Fairport was beautifully prepared for our arrival. Thousands of people came to the event, despite some more wet weather in the forecast. The crowded streets made for a fun atmosphere as the cars rolled into place, and we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. Congratulations are in order for Steve and Ed Tourje, who took home the daily win. A strong score on the first day is always a good way to kick off the Great Race.
Tomorrow we hit the road again, heading for Troy, New York with a lunch stop in Norwich, New York. Be sure to follow our Facebook page to get more photos and updates through the day.