Classic Mustangs Competing in the Great Race on Route 66
Vintage Mustangs are mixing it up with pre-war cars, high-dollar collector cars, and pretty much anything else with wheels
Driving cross-country on Route 66 behind the wheel of a classic Mustang is a bucket list item for lots of folks. And for seven Mustang owners, it’s becoming a reality, as they have made the cut for the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty.
The Great Race route changes every year, and when it was announced that the 2015 event would travel on Route 66 from Kirkwood, Missouri on June 20 to Santa Monica, California, entrants from as far away as Japan entered the event, which is capped off at 120 cars. In the field, there are several stock appearing ’64-’66 Mustang coupes and convertibles, but the standout entrants include a ’66 Shelby GT 350 Hertz fastback and a ’67 Mustang fastback, which has competed in several other endurance rallies. The winners of last year’s Great Race, taking home more than $50,000 in cash, drove a 1966 Ford Mustang coupe.
The idea of the Great Race isn’t to cross the finish line first—instead, racers are given a book of driving instructions at the start of each day. The goal is to match the pre-determined “perfect” time for the day’s route, based on the instructions and speeds set by the Rally Master. Racers are penalized for reaching the secret checkpoint locations too quickly or too slowly, and much like golf, the lowest score wins. The winners of the Great Race will receive a check for $50,000 with additional daily cash awards available. Among the Mustangs in the field for the 2015 Great Race on Route 66, there are more than 100 other entrants with cars as old as 1915 and as new as 1972.
The Great Race hosts a lunch stop and an overnight stop on each day of the nine-day rally, with the Grand Finish being held on the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, June 28th at 2pm. The Great Race stops are free to the public and offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of the coolest cars in the world battling for a big paycheck. For more information on this year’s route or to see if it will be stopping near your town, check out www.greatrace.com.