Hemming's Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will bring 95 antique cars to Baton Rouge on Friday, June 28. Also involved is the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
Mayor Kip Holden will be kicking off the event by arriving in one of the world's most famous cars, the Leslie Special, driven by Tony Curtis in the 1968 comedy The Great Race at 4:30 p.m. Nearly 100 cars will arrive in one minute intervals and roll into the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel parking lot on St. Phillip Street for spectators to visit with participants as they view the cars.
The Great Race is a cross-country rally that pits driver/navigator teams against the clock and against each other. This year's event is traveling along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, covering 19 cities and 10 states. Entrants will participate in a timed, controlled-speed, endurance competition over scenic public highways and roads. The race is taking place from June 22 through June 30, 2013.
Great Race is a free event and is open to the public. The event will have a festival atmosphere with food, drinks and live music performed by The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz starting at 6:30 p.m. and Na Na Sha starting at 8 p.m.