This year celebrate Father’s day and take Dad to the National Automobile Museum where 120 collector cars will come through Reno for the The Hemmings Motor News Great Race.
The Great Race is a national collector automobile rally that travels across a different region of the US each year for a $150,000 prize. The cars race cross-country from San Rafael, California to Moline, Illinois on back-country driving courses to accommodate the age and speed of the cars, and awards $150,000 in prize money.
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.
After the Race celebrate the Museum’s 1907 Thomas Flyer being inducted 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 Thomas Flyer is one of the most significant American-built automobiles in history. After 22,000 miles and 169 grueling days, it won the 1908 New York to Paris automobile race as one of six cars from four nations, and the only American entrant,” said Frady. “No automobile race before or since has approached this contest of man and machine. We are extremely proud it will be archived in the National Historic Vehicle Register.”
The Great Race and Thomas Flyer ceremonies are open and free to the public, with concessions and refreshments available for purchase.
For more information about the National Automobile Museum, named one of America’s Five Greatest Automobile Museums and other events, visit www.AutoMuseum.org.