On Wednesday, June 28th, the 150 teams competing in the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty will arrive in Worldwide Auctioneers’ hometown of Auburn, Indiana. Having departed Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, June 24th, the teams will make their way on an epic journey covering roughly 2,351 miles bound for Traverse City, Michigan as their final destination on July 2nd. This year’s participants follow in a tradition that started in 1983 that continues stronger than ever.
Seeing the entrants off in Jacksonville was none other than Top Fuel drag racing legend Don “Big Daddy” Garlits, who serves as this year’s Grand Marshal for the event. Driving an incredible selection of cars ranging from a 1916 Chevrolet Phaeton, 1916 Hudson, and 1916 Studebaker Speedster to a mighty 1973 Jensen Interceptor, the vehicles of the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race are almost as diverse as the competitors themselves, who hail from virtually every state and from as far away as England and Japan. A challenging test of driving and navigational skills, the Great Race does cover a published list of destinations from point to point but the actual route of the race is a closely guarded secret that is only revealed to the participants at the start of each day’s stage.
Here’s a listing of the Great Race 2017 route and event itinerary, giving you the opportunity to spot the teams on their journey and join them in the action as they arrive:
Saturday, June 24 – Stage 1: Jacksonville, Florida to Tifton, Georgia
Sunday, June 25 – Stage 2: Tifton, Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee
Monday, June 26 – Stage 3: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Bowling Green, Kentucky
Tuesday, June 27 – Stage 4: Bowling Green, Kentucky to Franklin, Indiana
Wednesday, June 28 – Stage 5: Franklin, Indiana to Auburn, Indiana
Thursday, June 29 – Stage 6: Auburn, Indiana to Ypsilanti, Michigan
Friday, June 30 – Stage 7: Ypsilanti, Michigan to Frankenmuth, Michigan
Saturday, July 1 – Stage 8: Championship Run from Frankenmuth, Michigan to Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
Sunday, July 2 – Stage 9: Championship Run from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to Traverse City, Michigan
Join us on Wednesday the 28th and help us give a warm welcome the teams participating in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 presented by Hagerty as they arrive at the renowned Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum on Gordon Buehrig Drive in Auburn. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Hemmings Speedster team, who are spearheading the Alzheimer’s Association “Longest Day” fundraising campaign to combat this life-changing disease that affects so many of our loved ones today. Daily event coverage is at the official Great Race 2017 website (http://www.greatrace.com/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/greatracerally/) , including a full listing of the stops along the way, plus blog posts by the participants, event updates, and great photos of the teams in action during this exciting classic car event. We look forward to seeing you there to welcome the Hemmings Motor News Great Race 2017 competitors and be sure to stop and say “Hi” to the Worldwide Auctioneers team while y9ou are there!