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Hemmings Motor News Great Race to stop in Chambersburg

100-year-old car will be participating in event

June 05, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Hemmings Motor News Great Race will make a pit stop in Chambersburg's Memorial Square on June 14.

The antique auto race will travel through eight states, starting June 11 in Chattanooga, Tenn., and ending June 17 in Bennington, Vt.

The vehicles will stop in Chambersburg on June 14 from noon to 2 p.m. During that time, Memorial Square and adjoining roads will be closed to through traffic, said Scott Hershberger of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

Hershberger said up to 100 antique automobiles will roll into the borough and park around the square. The drivers will enjoy a complimentary lunch at Central Presbyterian Church on the square.

The stop also will give the public an opportunity to see well-maintained vintage autos up close, Hershberger said.

"Stop by and see all these cars that are still in really great shape and are able to participate in this race up the East Coast," Hershberger said. "Maybe you can talk to the drivers and share stories like, 'Ah, I used to drive a car like this.'"

The cars in the race were manufactured between 1911 and 1969, with most made before World War II.

For the first time, a 100-year-old car will be participating in the race — a 1911 Velie owned by Howard and Doug Sharp of Fairport, N.Y.

The race, which ran coast to coast from 1983 to 2007, isn't about speed.

The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day that detail every move down to the second. They are scored at secret checkpoints along the way and are penalized one second for each second they are early or late. The lowest score wins.

Whether or not you have a passion for cars of bygone years, Hershberger said the race is about reliving a time when "these cars ruled the roads."

While the Great Race cars only will be in Chambersburg for two hours, Hershberger said anyone with an antique/vintage car can park their prized possessions at Founding Family Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. so the public can get a chance to see more antique vehicles.

Hershberger is seeking six to 12 volunteers to help park vehicles on the day of the Great Race. Volunteers will receive a complimentary lunch at Central Presbyterian Church.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer, call the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 717-977-1741.

For more information about the Great Race, go to www.greatrace.com.

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