Great Race 2022 – Day 1 – Warwick, RI to Windsor Locks, CT

June 18, 2022

We’ve been waiting on this day all year! This morning, we dropped the Green Flag at beautiful Rocky Point State Park in Warwick, Rhode Island. Actually, the green flag duties were handled by Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee and Warwick Mayor Frank Picozzi. An estimated crowd of 10,000 people swarmed the park and lined the streets throughout Warwick to wave farewell to the racers. It was an epic way to start the 2022 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Drivers Club! From Warwick, we headed into Connecticut, on a scenic route through small towns, rolling hills and beautiful historic homes. As the afternoon wore on, the racers were faced with a challenging set of instructions, but were able to come off the clock and enjoy a fun afternoon with a Pit Stop at Wayne Carini’s F40 Motorsports in Portland, Connecticut, and then a great evening stop at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. The temperatures dropped and so did some precipitation as the cars made their way in to the Parc Ferme. We were able to check out the museum and eat a great dinner inside. Congratulations to Eric Frankenberger and Aaron Read for winning the day with an astonishing 2 second score! They got 4 aces with only 5 checkpoints!

24 comments about “Great Race 2022 – Day 1 – Warwick, RI to Windsor Locks, CT”

  • Great send-off for the “Great Race” from Warwick, Rhode Island.
    What a party!
    “We should do this again sometime!”
    Steve Johnson

  • A great start. Looking forward to the Tuesday 21st Pit Stop & Party in Perrysburg, Ohio.
    Hope some of the route will be on HISTORIC ROUTE 20. Have a couple of vehicles I don’t want to miss. Congrats to Eric and Aaron.

  • I represent the entire State of Rhode Island! And I hereby announce unanimous support for car 30 – Wandering Troubadours of Finland.


  • Nice to see the surprise pass thru Bloomingburg NY today. Safe travels. Saw the “Great Race”emblems. Found this site, sat for a bit in a parking lot, and tracked car numbers as they passed. Got stuck behind “Elwood” for a bit on Old 17, (quite the contraption) wasn’t sure he was gonna make it over the mountain pass.
    Enjoy all.

  • As we were cruising around in our ’66 Malibu, we ran in to a number of these teams getting gas in Lisbon, we thought, “what an incredible treat!”. We then took off to get ice cream. After our sweet treat, we were heading home (just off 207 and Clubhouse) and saw the same group as they were cruising past their checkpoint in Lebanon. Thank you for recognizing the beauty of our farming community! What an extra special day it was for us. Wishing you all safe travels!

  • This sounds like an amazing event. We are traveling to Niagara Falls and would like to see these cars and teams. What is the route from Erie to Medina? Thank you from Nebraska

  • Looks like it’s so much fun keep on tracking number 111 Ken KIELEY and Michael Roberts. GREAT – FUN TIMES😊- LORI

  • Was at the 6/19 lunch break stop in Montgomery ny, what a fantastic few hours experiencing the arrival and departure of such a varied field of entrants in the event… Good luck and Godspeed to all…

  • Watched the participants pass in front of our home in Hancock NY. The children and I appreciated the classic beauties represented and a perfect day for the event.

  • Looking forward to seeing you all in Perrysburg Ohio Tuesday. Drive safe. Chas. Williams, Pemberville, Ohio

  • Sending love and luck and miles of smiles to Schneider’s Riders (Bruce and Guy); #71 – the 1496 Car Club is so proud of you two!! Much luck to all the other drivers and navigators! Cheers to the Great Race 2022!

  • So happy and proud that the Great Race started in my hometown of Warwick, RI. Fun going to check out the cars at Crowne Plaza in Warwick and watching the cars drive by on West Shore Rd in Warwick. An amazing event. Good luck to all, and ENJOY!!

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