The Great Race will bring 120 of the world’s antique automobiles to town for the $150,000 event, with the first car rolling onto South Main Street downtown starting at 4:30 p.m. on June 23.
In all, the participants in the event will cover more than 2,300 miles in nine days. The start will be at the Pierce Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo, on June 23. The race will finish July 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the banks of Halifax Harbor as part of that city’s Canada Day celebration.
Fairport racers include Team Sharp and Team Sleeman/Coon. The father son team of Howard, driver, and Douglas Sharp, navigator, winners of the race in 2011 and 2015 is back for 2018. Team Sharp has been competing since 1990 and will race the Hudson this year.
Team Sleeman/Coon is comprised of Lex Sleeman and David Coon. They have raced together for over five years. For Coon, it is his fourth Great Race; for Sleeman, it is his second. They will be competing in a 1953 Chevy two-door Businessman’s Coupe.
In addition to the Great Racers, about 500 vintage, classic and muscle cars are expected to fill the streets and parking lots of the village of Fairport. Main Street will close to through traffic between Church Street and High Street from 1 to 9 p.m. Event ticket-holding car drivers will be admitted.
Opening ceremonies, including color guard and marching band, begin at 4 p.m. Racers begin arriving at 4:30 p.m. and will cross the finish line on South Main Street near the liftbridge, arriving at one-minute intervals until 6 p.m. Live entertainment performances at multiple locations throughout the venue will accompany the event.