Red Dirt Diaries Covers the Great Race

A dedicated team of organizers have gathered to host the "Great Race". The event is a controlled-speed endurance road rally similar to the Mille Miglia, the California Mille and Arizonia's Copperstate 1000, except the course varies each year and often covers greater distances.

The inaugural 1983 event was much different than now. It involved 69 brave antique auto enthusiasts who paid a $5,000 entry fee, which put them in the hunt for the $250,000 purse after arriving at Knott’s Berry Farm, near Los Angeles, California for the beginning of the race.

The 2016 Great Race, June 18-26,  organized by the Great Race in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and sponsored by Hemmings Motor News and Hagerty Insurance. The 2015 entry fee was $5,500 for a Private Entry or $7,000 for a Business /Corporate Entry. A special discounted entry fee of $1,500 is available for all X-Cup (student-only) teams.

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