Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Race' to Chug into 1904 Here Transcontinental Vintage Cars on Main Sunday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Race' to Chug into 1904 Here Transcontinental Vintage Cars on Main Sunday

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As one of 13 host cities for The Corel Great Race, St. Charles will welcome the vintage automobiles this weekend in grand style - in 1904 style.

The cars left Tacoma, Wash., on June 16. The route goes through Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and the province of Ontario, Canada.

The 4,100-mile journey - dubbed Tacoma to Toronto - is supposed to end in Hamilton, Ontario, on June 29.

This really isn't a race to see who can finish first, rather it is a controlled-speed, endurance event for classic cars built before 1943. It's basically a road rally for vintage cars. Cars must be in excellent road-worthy condition and present a good appearance - and be street legal.

At stake is $250,000 in prize money divided among various classes. The championships won't be determined until the cars get into Canada. All types of vintage automobiles will be represented, including The Corel Special, which is a reproduction of the "Shafer Eight" racer that ran at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway between 1931-39. It had a straight-eight Buick engine.

The 1938 version of the car qualified at 112.762 mph for the Indy 500. The Corel Special serves as the pace car and flagship for the Great Corel Race.

The Corel Corp., based in Ottawa, Canada, is the sponsor of this event. It is the second largest maker of computer software in the world.

This St. Charles stop is a big deal.

All of the host cities are competing for the Corel Host City Award, which will be presented to the library of the city that stages the most creative event in welcoming the touring cars. A $5,000 cash prize, plus computer software, is the grand prize for the winning city.

The St. Charles event, which will include aspects of the 1904 World's Fair, will take place on Main Street and in Frontier Park. …

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