Lake Sumter Landing The Villages
A road rally with 115 vintage cars kicked off last Saturday (June 21st) in Maine. The nine-day, 2,100 miles excursion will culminate in a Finish-Line Celebration taking place at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages on Saturday, June 29th from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A pre-celebration will also be held the night before the finish, Friday June 28th from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
Participants in the “Great Race” departed at timed intervals from Ogunquit, Maine, traveling through New Hampshire and Vermont en route to in Lowell, Massachusetts, the first stop. It’ll take nine days and 2,100 miles for the antique cars to meander down the Atlantic Coast to Florida, said spokesman Jeff Mahl.
Participants included Humpy Wheeler, a legendary NASCAR promoter who was participating with his grandson in a 1953 Hudson Hornet painted to look like “Doc Hudson” from the Pixar movie “Cars.”
Others included a 1916 Studebaker racer, a 1930 Rolland Pilain, 1935 Auburn Cabriolet, 1936 Bentley Saloon, 1932 Auburn Special Speedster, and all manner of muscle cars, including a replica of the “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger.
The Associated Press
Photo by Robert F. Bukaty