Classic cars traveling through area this weekend
The Great Race will be coming to Prairie du Chien as well as Lansing and Marquette, Iowa, this weekend. The Great Race is a timed, controlled-speed endurance rally not a top-speed race, limited to 100 entrants. Racers must travel in a classic, antique, or vintage automobile manufactured prior to 1969. Teams of two (a driver and a navigator), can participate. Each vehicle must follow a prescribed common route while attempting to maintain assigned average speeds. No digital aids are allowed.
The Great Race normally runs on a west to east route across the United States, but this year it is traveling north to south, crisscrossing the Mississippi River and traveling portions of the Great River Road in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Great River Road. The length of the Great Race runs from St. Paul, Minn., to Mobile, Ala., June 22-June 30.
Racers will depart La Crosse at approximately 7:45 a.m. Sunday, June 23, crossing the Cass Street Bridge and traveling south on Hwy. 44 and Hwy. 26 to Lansing, with the first car arriving in Lansing at about 9:20 a.m. From Lansing, they will go to Marquette and cross the bridge to Prairie du Chien, traveling south on the Wisconsin side before entering Dubuque for their lunch stop. Race officials have advised they are not traveling through the towns of Waterville, Waukon or Harpers Ferry. The anticipated route will include the Lansing-Harpers Rd. to State Forest Rd. and enter Marquette via Hwy. 76. Marquette and Prairie du Chien are refueling stops for the participants. The exact route of the race is never disclosed to the public or the participants until they check in.
Spectators will see a 1916 Hudson Hill Climber, 1932 Ford Roadster, 1915 Hudson 6-40, 1916 Hudson 4 Pass. Speedster, 1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe, 1932 Ford Roadster Hi-Boy, 1956 Ford Fairlane and many more. For more information on the Great Race, visit www.greatrace.com.