Welcome to the Race of the Century
100 years ago the fledgling automobile industry was just starting to build a product that the average American could actually afford and drive. Up until 1915 the Car companies were making some fantastic machines, but they were expensive and hard to get people to work on them. Only the rich, and adventurous pioneers dared to make the move into the future.
We can all thank Henry Ford for his assembly line innovations that would lower the cost of the automobile and put it within reach of the common man or woman. For centuries, most folks never traveled more than 50 miles from their home, and never saw the majesty of the American Continent. The advent of the affordable automobile changed all that forever.
The need for decent roads was an immediate challenge to the government. The remnants of those roads still exist today, either paved over or totally reconstructed; these early passageways across America are still with us. From the east coast to the west coast are some of the most beautiful drives in the world. Forests, National Parks, Mountains, Deserts, Canyons, Rivers, and 3400 miles of American pavement.
We have seen the decline of interest in the earliest cars in the last few decades, and want to change that. These earliest automobiles are our forefathers, and are capable of much more than we give them credit for. Whether you chose a Model T, a Dodge, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, or one of the big buck brands, you will all be on the same playing field. Can you keep it running for 16 days and 3400 miles across the North American Continent? Endurance is the word, and more so it is endurance for the driver than it is for the machine. Driving 8 or 9 hours a day at 40 to 45 miles an hour on some of the most spectacular back roads in this country can get tiring. But it can be done.
The Race of The Century is a 3400 mile race from Atlantic City to San Diego for 100-year old automobiles. No cars built in 1917 or later will qualify to enter this event. At this time we have spaces for only about 45 cars. Each team will be given a set of detailed course instruction each morning that lays out the course for that day. All roads will be paved, and less than 100 miles of the entire course will be on the interstate. Support crews are allowed but only in the evenings at the host hotels. During each day's course the driver is responsible for any repairs or maintenance. Drivers may carry tools and spare parts, and an extra driver or mechanic, but only one additional person will be allowed. Drivers can also receive help from the general public or any other driver, but may not receive help from anyone on their team during the course of the day. If a driver can not get his vehicle back on the road during a day's course, we will pick him up and deliver them to the host hotel for that night where their team can set about getting ready for the next day.