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The Great Race

The Great Race is an annual cost-to-coast rally for cars 45 years old and older. This year, the 24th running of The Great Race, over 100 cars will start in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday June 24 and make an overnight stop in Dublin, Ohio on Monday, June 26.

The local Dublin festivities to welcome The Great Race are expected to attract about 5000 spectators. Bobby Rahal will be The Grand Marshal who leads the 100+ racers into Dublin. The route will bring them into Dublin westbound on Rt 161. The Rt 161/Rt 33 bridge into Dublin will be closed to traffic. The bridge will be lined with about 100 show cars to welcome the racers as they cross the finish line at the west end of the bridge. Cars have to be in place between 4-5 PM on Monday June 26.

Because of the tie-in with Dublin and the Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In on July 7 & 8, the Arthritis Foundation has been given the opportunity to utilize part of the festivities as a charity fundraiser. The 100 show car parking spaces along the bridge and in downtown historic Dublin are being sold for $25 per spot. Initially, each of the car clubs participating in the Arthritis Foundation Auto Show is being allotted 10 of these spaces.

A Host-A-Racer Program is also being offered at a minimum contribution of $100. As a HOST, you or your company will welcome your designated race car, present the racers with a prepared welcome bag, display a personalized sign with your company name next to the car in its designated parking spot, and have the opportunity to spend time with the driver/navigator to talk with them and take pictures.

We expect the show car spaces and the Host-A-Racer program to sell out very quickly. If you would like to show your car and/or Host-A-Racer or if you need more details, please contact Jim Baker at 614.846.7032 or xjjim@sbcglobal.net. Please remember that ALL of these proceeds are a charitable contribution to the Arthritis Foundation and are tax-deductible.