Great Race returns to Peoria

By WEEK Producer

Great Race returns to Peoria

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Once again, The Great Race will return for a stop-over on Peoria's riverfront.

The race of nearly 100 antique automobiles will start June 22 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and weave its way down the Mississippi River toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Racers will go through 10 states and cross the Mississippi nine times before the finish in Mobile, Alabama on June 30.

The Great Race, which began 30 years ago, is not a speed race, but a time/speed/distance rally.

The stop in Peoria will be the first on June 24, Day 3 of the 9-day race. The cars will arrive from the overnight stop in Davenport, Iowa.

Great Race veteran Richard McKone of Peoria will be in one of the first of nearly 100 when the 2013 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty makes its lunch stop in Peoria .

McKone will navigate and Dan Moore of Cuba, IL will drive McKone’s 1936 Ford Tudor in what will be McKone’s 20th Great Race.

McKone holds the Great Race record for the lowest score in the Race’s history.

Festivities will start at 11:45 a.m. in front of the Gateway Building as cars arrive at one-minute intervals for more than an hour and a half and stay for an hour each to allow spectators to visit with the participants and to look at the cars.

Nine local car clubs are combining to hold a “Cruise In to Welcome the Great Race” on June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the riverfront, just south of the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center, in conjunction with the Peoria Park District and the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.