Great Race 2021 Day 7: Lexington, KY to Beckley, WV

June 25, 2021

The landscape is quickly changing on the 2021 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Drivers Club. The scores are settling in, but that can all change on the last two days of the race. Known as Championship Days, the last two days of competition are always extremely challenging and no legs can be thrown out, so the teams will be under a lot of pressure to get through these days with no mistakes, no breakdowns and no drama on the roads. But that’s tomorrow. Today, we saw incredible views of mountains, valleys, hills, twists and turns. It was quite the tour, as we crossed over into West Virginia after rallying in Eastern Kentucky for most of the morning. We made our way to Huntington, West Virginia for lunch, and were greeted with a great crowd and a quick lunch to get everyone re-energized for a long afternoon. The rally course for the afternoon only consisted of one leg, and it gave the teams some time to unwind, even though the roads were pretty twisty. The reason for the short rally time was to give teams some time to visit New River Gorge National Park. We went over the bridge, and then went on the road that snakes beneath the mammoth bridge. At 876 feet above ground, the bridge is one of the highest in the world. After our fun trip down into the gorge, we came back up to the highway and rolled into Beckley, West Virginia for our Day 7 overnight stop. Thousands of people crowded the narrow streets as the racers parked and breathed a big sigh of relief that yet another day was complete. Stay tuned tomorrow as we cross into Virginia and North Carolina!

Stage 7 Winners: Howard and Doug Sharp in their 1916 Hudson

11 comments about “Great Race 2021 Day 7: Lexington, KY to Beckley, WV”

  • Many thanks to Myron (55 Corvette) for taking the time to educate me on the Great Race. Good luck to all racers!

  • My husband and I parked along the route in Beckley & took many pictures as the cars went by (they’re on my Facebook Kathy Woolwine Lambert. We were in downtown Beckley when the Great Race went through in 1995. At 68 & 65 this is probably the last one we’ll see so we went out this morning (26th) and saw some of you again as you got off 77 (was shocked you didn’t come Rt. 19!) for fuel & such.

  • Just saw the great race pass by in Ivanhoe Va!! Got many pictures! Very beautiful cars! Sad that they are done passing through. I would love to join The Great Race when I get my own old car! Good luck on going to Galax Va!

  • Just had the opportunity to see some of the cars at Murphys gas Elkin, NC. I asked one of the drivers about their quest and he directed me to their website Git to see many more of the cars coming down Hwy 21 as I was learning about the history of this event. God bless you all 8n your travels.

  • Mooresville NC loved having you all! So exciting to watch the first to the last car arrive! Finish strong!

  • We were driving South on 77 on Saturday and had the enjoyment seeing roughly 15 of the participants. Hope everyone made the trip safely and that there were no too many impatient people out there.

  • Had my brother and his wife up from NC for the 1995 Race through Beckley. This year . at age 91, he was back in Beckley, this time from TX, for the 2021 Race. Great Race, Great Fun, keep it up!

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