Great Race brings classic cars to River Street next Saturday

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River Street Savannah will be one of the stops for this year’s Hemmings Motor News Great Race, a time, speed, endurance rally making an Atlantic Coast run from Maine to Florida on June 21-29.

The vintage (pre-1972) cars will arrive on Saturday, June 28 (one car every minute) on River Street starting about 11:25am.

Each year the route touches a different part of the United States, and Savannah was chosen as one the last stops this year. Each of the racers will be stopping for a lunch break before they hop back in their cars to continue on the timed race!

The classic cars will all be parked in the east parking lot on River Street for the vehicles to be displayed for one hour, until the drivers leave again for the next leg of the race.

The Great Race offers a $150,000 purse to the winners. More than one hundred classic cars from ranging 1915 to 1972 are registered, one of which is a replica of the “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger.

Also on display this year will be the “Leslie Special” one of the most famous automobiles in the world. It was the star of the 1965 movie “The Great Race.”

Other notable cars include a 1915 Hudson, 1916 Studebacker Racer, 1930 Rolland Palain; 1935 Auburn Cabriolet, 1936 Bentley Saloon, 1931 Auburn Boattail Speedster, 1932 Auburn Special Speedster, 1957 Jaguar, and many restored muscle cars.

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