Collector cars drive through Reno on June 19 for 'The Great Race'
The National Automobile Museum celebrates Father’s Day weekend with the Hemmings Motor News Great Race and a national tribute to the famous 1907 Thomas Flyer, June 19.
The 2016 Hemmings Motor News Great Race brings 120 collector automobiles through Reno, June 19-20. The Great Race follows a back-country driving course to accommodate the age and speed of the cars, and awards $150,000 in prize money.
“Our goal is to educate, captivate and provide unique experiences for our visitors,” said Museum President and Executive Director Jackie Frady. “We are proud the Museum is home and host to some of the most important cars in the world, and we love to tell the story beyond the wheel.”
The Great Race arrival ceremony begins June 19 at 4:20 p.m. in the Museum parking lot with a presentation of colors by the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, National Anthem sung by Kimberly Dixon, Pledge of Allegiance and introduction of dignitaries. Cars arrive approximately one minute apart between 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Museum's 1907 Thomas Flyer makes history with its induction into a permanent archive of significant historic automobiles within the Library of Congress at 6:30 p.m.
The Thomas Flyer is the 12th vehicle to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation. The documentation is part of a collaboration between the Historic Vehicle Association and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs to document historically-significant automobiles, trucks and motorcycles.
The Great Race and Thomas Flyer ceremonies are free to the public, with concessions and refreshments available for purchase.
For more information about the National Automobile Museum, visit www.AutoMuseum.org.