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The Great Race

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Gardiner, Maine hosted a stop on the 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The Great Race, the world’s premiere classic car rally, brought more than 100 antique automobiles to Historic Downtown Gardiner and the Waterfront Park.


The race started June 23 in Buffalo, New York, and weaved its way to a total of 2,100 miles over nine days taking drivers on a course that started in Buffalo and continued across upstate New York and through Vermont to Burlington. From there, the course went east to Mount Washington, and from there across Maine to Gardiner. Contestants then left from Augusta and headed up to Bangor, and then down to Bar Harbor. The final legs of the trip took drivers across the Canadian border into Saint John and Moncton, New Brunswick, and then over to Nova Scotia, with stops in Truro and Dartmouth before the rally concluded in Halifax.

To learn more about The Great Race, its history, routes, rules, and more, visit The Great Race website.

Gardiner, Maine
Gardiner Main Street and The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to have played as host city for the race participants and event goers, organizing the logistics for both meals, entertainment, and lodging. We are proud to have been voted the Best City by the race participants.

View photos from the event here and watch a video recapping the 2018 Great Race here. The portion of the video focusing on the Gardiner stop begins at 20:40.

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