The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) has been selected as a stop for the 2019 Great Race. This year’s race runs from Riverside, California to Tacoma, Washington in the race’s first all-West Coast journey in 36 years. Among all the possible stop choices to travel through Oregon, Hood River was chosen for its small-town charm, scenery, and WAAAM.
The Great Race is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally on public highways. It is a test of a driver and navigator team’s ability to follow precise course instructions that indicate every turn, speed change, stop, and start that the team must make throughout the day (usually 250+ a day) and the car’s ability to endure on a cross-country trip. It is not a test of top speed – instead the objective is to arrive at each checkpoint at the correct time, not the fastest. Devices like GPS or computers are not permitted and odometers are taped over to insure that instructions are being followed to the letter. There are 120 cars in this year’s race to see and enjoy.
Racers will arrive in waves at WAAAM between noon and 3pm. There will be time to chat with the drivers during this stop and check out all the fun cars.
More information on the Great Race can be found on their website: https://www.greatrace.com/