Where to watch the big race roll in Owensboro, Kentucky
It’s going to be a really fun night out in downtown Owensboro. As you may have heard, the Big Race is coming to town tonight. 120 of the âworld’s finest vintage carsâ compete in the Big Race and Owensboro is an overnight pit stop on this year’s course. To be eligible, cars must have been built in 1974 or earlier.
Naturally, we plan to welcome participants to town in style! If you would like to come cheer on the cars and greet the drivers in town, please line up along Veterans Boulevard before 4:45 p.m. The first car should roll onto Veterans Boulevard at this time and be followed by the other cars at one minute intervals.
Besides a lot of vintage cars, there is going to be a festival vibe tonight. There will be food vendors and bars near the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum and a free concert from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Museum’s outdoor stage.
The race is expected to bring together more than 500 people in the city. Dave Kirk of Visit Owensboro says we expect people from neighboring states to show up for a chance to get a preview of the participating classics.
The Great Course covers more than 2,300 miles in nine days. The race started on Saturday in front of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. It will end this Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina.
The event is not a speed race. Participating vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, receive specific instructions every day. These instructions detail each movement of the course down to the second. There are secret checkpoints along the way and teams are penalized for time violations. Basically, at the finish line, the team with the lowest score wins the Big Race!
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