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MEDIA ADVISORY | Mayor Madden to Visit Capital District Cars & Caffeine Meet-Up, Announce Details of Collar City’s Participation in 2018 Great Race Event
TROY, NY – On Sunday, April 29, Mayor Patrick Madden, event organizers and representatives of the Capital Region automotive community will hold a press conference to announce details of the Troy, New York stop of the 2018 Great Race, the world’s premiere vintage car rally. The press conference will be held at restoration and hot rod shop, 1945 Speed & Custom during the Capital Region Cars and Caffeine Meet-Up, the area’s largest gathering of classic and modern cars.
WHAT: Press Conference to Announce Details of the 2018 Great Race in the Collar City
WHEN: Sunday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. (press conference)
Capital Region Cars & Caffeine event scheduled to begin 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1945 Speed & Custom, 631 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Mayor Patrick Madden
Jeremy Baye, Owner, 1945 Speed & Custom
Charles Darmanjian, Event Organizer, Capital Region Cars and Caffeine
John Corey, Great Race Competitor (Team #39)
Pearson Constantino, Brown’s Brewing Company
Carly Connors, Executive Director, Saratoga Automobile Museum
Kristin Jackson, Troy Flea
Representatives, Brunswick Harley Davidson
WHY: Presented locally by Brown’s Brewing Company, the Troy, New York stop of the 2018 Great Race will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to downtown Troy on Sunday, June 24. The free public event will feature local vendors, entertainment, musical performances beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Great Race will also coincide with the Capital Region Cars and Caffeine Meet-Up, the area’s largest gathering of classic cars in the Capital Region – held on the last Sunday of every month from April through October in Troy’s North Central neighborhood – which features over 500 cars and thousands of people from across New York and New England.
The Great Race, which began 35 years ago, is not a speed race, but a time/speed/distance rally. The vehicles, each with a driver and navigator, are given precise instructions each day that detail every move down to the second. They are scored at secret check points along the way and are penalized one second for each second either early or late. As in golf, the lowest score wins. The 2018 Great Race will cover more than 2,300 miles in 9 days. The race starts at the Pierce Arrow Museum in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., on June 23. The race will finish July 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the banks of Halifax Harbour as part of the city’s Canada Day celebration. Teams and cars from Japan, England, Germany, Canada and every corner of the United States will be participating in their vintage automobiles dating back as far as 1913.
The Troy, New York stop of the 2018 Great Race is presented by the City of Troy, with Brown’s Brewing Company, in partnership with Troy Local Development Corporation, de Facto Global, Brunswick Harley Davidson, John Corey, 1945 Speed and Custom, Von’s Garage, and Pinhole Press.
John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131
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