A hundred antique automobiles will pass through Carbon and Emery counties this month in a cross-country race pitting participants against seven previous champions.
Old-car buffs in Price and Green River will be treated to the vintage vehicle display Sunday, June 30, as the 1991 Interstate Batteries "Great American Race" moves through Utah on a course along I-70.Sponsored by GreatRace Ltd. of Dallas, the race is scheduled to begin June 22 in Norfolk, Va., and end July 4 in Seattle. Drivers from 35 states and five countries will visit 43 cities along the 4,280-mile route in antique autos dating to 1909, according to a media release from race headquarters.
Moab was a lunch site for the first time in last year's race. That tour took 101 vehicles from New York City to Disneyland in 12 days. The 1990 champions - Dick Burdick of Rosanky, Texas, and Wayne Bell, Liverpool, N.Y. - will be competing again this year in the 1924 Thermon Industries Bentley speedster that they drove last year.
Price will be host city for the 1991 luncheon program and pit stop. Racers will also stop briefly in Green River for refreshments and repairs at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum on their way from Grand Junction, Colo., said JoAnn Ekker, Green River city recorder.
Ekker said the cars are expected to begin arriving in Green River between 10 a.m. and noon and will stop for about 15 minutes.
The internationally acclaimed United States Navy Ceremonial Band from Washington, D.C., accompanying the Great Race for the third straight year, will perform during lunch in Price. Drivers in the 13-day race will be vying for a $275,650 purse.
The ninth annual "greatest show on wheels" is scheduled to include racers, sedans, speedsters, race-abouts, roadsters, convertibles, phaetons, coups and trucks.
The Great Race is a precision driving controlled-speed endurance event in which contestants are limited to speeds five miles an hour below posted speed limits in everyday traffic.