CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., May 6, 2020 – The 2020 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Drivers Club has been rescheduled for Aug. 22-30 from San Antonio, Texas, to Greenville, S.C., due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Great Race, out of an abundance of caution for the participants, spectators and the small towns along the route, has worked with mayors and city officials to take unprecedented steps to ensure safety.
“I’m pleased to announce that all of our Grand Champions as well as a majority of the race teams, volunteers and staff have agreed to the new schedule and we look forward to having a full field for the start of the 2020 Great Race in front of the Alamo on Aug. 22,” event director Jeff Stumb said.
The Great Race will follow all CDC, state and local guidelines, and officials have been working closely with cities to have spectators line the streets on the way into the venue to ensure social distancing rather than in large groups. “As the entire United States is opening up again, we will continue to monitor the situation for any changes we may be able to make in either direction,” Stumb said. The event and sponsors have established July 1 as the official “go” date as long as conditions are favorable.
The Great Race has committed to find ways to enhance the racer’s experience in the coming months and during the event with additional social media posts and videos. And as a salute to all of the brave men and women who have been on the frontline combating COVID-19 the Great Race will have decals on each vehicle in the event to honor their heroism.
“We admire our sponsors Hemmings, Hagerty, Coker Tire and Reliable Carriers for their commitment to getting everyone back in their cars as safely as possible,” said Legendary Companies CEO Wade Kawasaki. “After all, there is no place safer than your own car, and that’s where Great Racers are 90 percent of the time during this great backroad adventure.”
The Great Race, owned by Legendary Companies, was originally scheduled for June 20-28. The annual event, which pits vintage cars in a cross-country endurance competition of time, speed and distance, was started in 1983 and regularly sees vehicles as old as 1909. The total purse for the event is $158,750 with $50,000 going to the winning team.
Due to scheduling conflicts of some participants, the Great Race will be offering a limited number of teams the opportunity to join the event, starting with the waiting list. To join the nation’s No. 1 vintage car rally, contact the Great Race.
For more information, contact Jeff Stumb at [email protected] or 423-648-8542.