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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE If Dad is a car buff, he can catch a glimpse of some amazing autos as the Hemmings Motor News Great Race, presented by Hagerty, makes its first overnight pit stop in Springfield, the Birthplace of Route 66, on June 20. The opening ceremony for the stop in Springfield will be at 4:30 p.m., at the Springfield Expo Center. Racers will arrive starting at 5 p.m. in one-minute intervals and line up along St. Louis Street in front of the Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center and Shrine Mosque. Classic cars will be on display 4-8:30 p.m. More than 100 antique and vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles, built before 1972, will drive on much of Historic Route 66 as they make their way from Kirkwood, Missouri to Santa Monica, California June 20-28 in this cross-country, timed, controlled-speed, endurance rally. “Because of the worldwide popularity of Route 66, there will be a larger number of racers from outside the United States,” says Springfield’s Great Race Stop Chairman David Eslick. “The goal of each driver and navigator is to pass four to seven checkpoints each day at a specific time. Points are added or deducted for how close they are to that time. The winner is the team with the lowest overall score. The total purse for the race is $150,000 along with bragging rights and trophies.” The race cars will line up in front of the CVB Route 66 Visitor’s Center along St. Louis Street, the original Route 66. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. “This is the place to bring Dad for a special Father’s Day treat that he and the family will remember forever,” Eslick says. “He can not only see the race cars, visit and get his photo taken with the drivers, navigators and support crews and purchase Great Race memorabilia, but there will be local car clubs exhibiting their cars, local food vendors, booths to purchase Route 66 items and information booths about points of interest in Springfield and along Missouri’s Historic Route 66.” For more information contact Springfield Great Race Stop Chairman, David J. Eslick at 417-889-9332 or [email protected]