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The Great Race is coming to Baton Rouge, Crowley, and Covington La this weekend


I thought some of you "gearheads" might like to see this. It will probably be the only time it ever comes to South Louisiana since it has a different route every year. It started in St. Paul Mn., and will end in Mobile Al., Sunday.

The Great Race will be arriving in Baton Rouge Friday June 28, Will stop for lunch in Crowley on Saturday, June 29, will end in Covington the afternoon of June 29, and depart Covington the morning of Sunday, June 30 and finishing in Mobile Alabama that afternoon.


http://www.greatrace.com/news/crowley.html



Great Race 2013

We received an article, written by Howell Dennis in the Crowley Post Signal about the preparation for the Great Race stop in Crowley, Louisiana, and just had to share it with you guys. Check it out!



The more often people attend the planning sessions for The Great Race’s Crowley stop this summer, the more they begin to realize the sheer magnitude of the upcoming event. “The feeling you get when you pull into a town with a population of 10,000 people, and you see around 9,000 of them lined down the road waving American flags…there’s nothing like it,” said Crowley City Attorney Tom Reagan, a veteran participant in the event.

In fact, the event sounds as though it will be a large car show, a street party (complete with live music, Cajun dishes and other refreshments) and, not to mention, the actual race itself all rolled into one. It will also serve as a fundraiser to support people affected by Autism.

The race is an automotive competition based on precision driving and navigational skills in classic, antique and vintage automobiles. The events are timed, controlled-speed, endurance rallies—not top-speed races. Each vehicle must follow a prescribed common route while attempting to maintain assigned average speeds. And this year it will be passing through Crowley on June 29.

“This could be a once in a lifetime event for the city of Crowley,” said Hank Capel, a member of The Great Race Committee. This fact has not been lost on Crowley city officials and local businessmen. Crowley Tourism Director Charlotte Jeffers has had her hands full with promoting, arranging parking (for what is certain to be a large crowd) and several other aspects of what looks to be a fun-filled (and possibly very hot) summer day in the Rice Capital.

“We will definitely be very wet when we pull into town,” said Richard Fredette, another veteran racer. “Whether it is caused by rain or sweat remains to be seen.”

The downtown area will be blocked off by the Crowley Police Department beginning at approximately 8 a.m. that morning and the event is expected to last from 10 a.m. until around 3 p.m. The racers will be pulling into Crowley to streets lined with people waving their flags at approximately 11:30 a.m. All of the aforementioned times, however, are tentative as the committee begins to work more frequently with the Great Race officials as the event approaches.

Among the subjects discussed at Wednesday’s meeting were:
- The placement of a banners and posters of The Great Race around Crowley.
- The possibility of selling beer at the event. According to Regan, for this to take place the committee needs “to act fast because Greg (Crowley Mayor Greg Jones) would have to begin the process of getting a license.”
- Making arrangements to feed approximately 300 people including Great Race participants, crews, staff members and local volunteers. Public citizens who attend the event will be able to choose from one of the many vendors that will be located in the event’s two-block area from Third Street to the Crowley Court Circle.
- Recruiting volunteers. Jeffers has plans to approach the Rotary Club of Crowley, the Crowley Lions Club, the Crowley Kiwanis Club, the Crowley Garden Club, Crowley Professional Women, Crowley Royalty (Rice Queen, Miss Crowley, Jr. Miss Crowley, etc.) as well as students from Crowley High School, Notre Dame High School and Northside Christian High School who are looking to gain service hours.

Performing at the Great Race’s stop will be Crowley’s own Get Back Band as well as The Cajun Trio. “We definitely want the racers to leave having experienced some of our Cajun culture,” said Jeffers. The race will begin in St. Paul, Minn. on June 22 and will finish in Mobile, Ala. on June 30.

These are pics for the last few days of the race.






































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upgrayedd
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re: The Great Race is coming to Baton Rouge, Crowley, and Covington La this weekend


Thought you were going to say whites, but nevertheless...





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re: The Great Race is coming to Baton Rouge, Crowley, and Covington La this weekend


How will those cars hold up on Louisiana roads?





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rcrawfish1
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Most of those cars are in amazingly good shape and were driven on worse roads in their heyday. Plus they are extremely well maintained. I think the drivers will suffer more than the cars, both from the roads and the heat.





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rcrawfish1
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re: The Great Race is coming to Baton Rouge, Crowley, and Covington La this weekend


I really thought more would be interested in this. This will be the only time most of us will ever get the chance to see this. There's almost 100 vehicles involved in the race and a huge crowd of 5,000 to 10,000 spectators are expected in Crowley for the lunch stop. They will be arriving in approximately 1 minute intervals and leaving after lunch in 1 minute intervals.





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