Published On: Thu, Jan 11th, 2018
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The route is set for the 2018 Great Race: 2,000-plus miles of classic car trekking

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The best classic road rally for vintage vehicles, Hemming’s Great Race, has officially set its route for the 2018 running. This year’s race starts in Buffalo, New York, on June 23 and ends in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on July 1. While this route would only take about 17 hours to cover the 1,100 or so miles on a direct course, the Great Race makes 17 stops along the way — making the trip 2,351 miles.

For those unfamiliar with The Great Race, it’s a time and distance rally limited to vehicles 1972 and older. It might seem unfair for a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS to race heads up against a 1930 Cord L-29, because, well, it is. With that in mind, though, race officials have leveled the playing field by handicapping the more modern cars by adjusting the score based on the car’s age. 

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There are two types of checkpoints in the race: observation and timing. While timing checkpoints are self-explanatory, the observation checkpoints require a full stop at the site to make sure the teams are complying with all of the rules and are following the correct route. There are myriad ways to get docked points along the way, which you can see in full here.

If you plan on signing up for this rally, it’ll set you back $ 6,000 to put your car in the race if you’re running by yourself. If you’re backed by a corporation the price jumps to $ 8,000. However, hoping to get more young people interested in the race — entering in the X-Cup division, a youth-centric class, is only $ 1,500. There are other fees for multiple team members.

For more details, you can head to the race’s website, here

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The route is set for the 2018 Great Race: 2,000-plus miles of classic car trekking