‘The Great Race’ makes stop in Owensboro

Published: Jun. 21, 2021 at 10:59 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 10:10 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Tri-State car enthusiasts got the chance to eye some of the most unique rides on the road.

This is because “The Great Race” stopped Wednesday in Owensboro on its cross-country trip, which ends Sunday.

Owensboro is one of two overnight stays in the commonwealth.

Thursday night will be in Lexington.

The group is expected to grab lunch in Elizabethtown along the way, similar to as they did in Paducah.

Downtown Owensboro welcomed the drivers with open arms, especially those who own similar models.

“I got thinking about cars and a ’32 Ford was what I always wanted,” Owensboro man Jerry Simon recalled. “I finally got one 25 years ago. Happy as lark.”

Last Saturday, 120 classic, antique and vintage vehicles started at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, driving through Oklahoma and Missouri before crossing into the commonwealth.

“Takes a lot of endurance and the want to do it for all those days and nights and all the greasy hands,” spectator Dan Masterson shared.

The first car came through at 5 p.m. and was followed by another every minute after that.

The contest is not a top-speed test.

The drivers have to follow precise course instructions and drive at or below speed limits.

Out of the dozens that drove through downtown Owensboro, one vehicle meant a lot more to one Tri-State couple than the others, and that was number 52.

“1974 Peterbilt,” Masterson described. “It looks like it should make some noise when it gets here, so that’s what we’re counting on.”

The navigator from ’52′ is from Evansville.

14 News cameras were rolling as the rig was met by the Masterson family

Live music and food trucks welcomed “The Great Race” drivers to Smothers Park.

From this point, the drivers will aim for West Virginia and Virginia, ahead of their journey to North Carolina.

The final stop will be on Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina.

Teams are expected to arrive that afternoon.

The entire trip, starting in San Antonio, is thousands of miles.

The groups are covering a lot of ground and getting a lot of attention.

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