2021 Great Race is Bringing Vintage and Classic Cars to Joplin

The public is invited to a spectacular event when Joplin hosts the Day 3 Finish of the 2021 Great Race.

The 2021 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is the world’s premiere old car rally and will bring 120 of the finest road-worthy antique and classic automobiles to 6th and Main in downtown Joplin.

Activity at the finish line will begin at 4:45 pm on Monday, June 21.

The event is free to the public and spectators will be able to visit with the participants after they have parked. Kids of all ages are welcome to climb in the cars for a first-hand look or to take in the nostalgic feel.

Cars built in 1974 and earlier are eligible, with most entries having been manufactured before World War II. Come out and experience the grand collection of automotive history. Get up close with a 1916 Hudson Hill Climber, get a selfie with a 1928 Ford Model A, or reminisce on what movies the beautiful 1917 American LaFrance Racer or the 1973 Cadillac Ambulance remind you of. Relive Happy Days or American Graffiti memories with the 1955 Ford Thunderbird or 1957 Chevy Bel Air, or the 1966 Mustang and Corvette entries, and certainly don’t miss the 1963 Ford Falcon or the 1971 AMC Javelin.

These are just a few of the 120 cars arriving in Joplin starting at 5:00 pm on Monday, June 21.

In addition to the fine restaurants and shopping downtown, there will be food trucks, including Smack Dab, Flounders, Between the Buns, and SnowFlakes Shaved Ice.

In all, the Great Race participants will cover more than 2,300 miles in 9 days, starting in San Antonio on June 19, and completing the race on June 27 in Greenville, South Carolina

As an event, the Great Race began 38 years ago. It is not a speed race, but a time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day that detail every move down to the second. They are scored at secret check points along the way. As in golf, the lowest score wins.


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