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Chattanooga new start for vintage car Great Race

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - The Great Race, a weeklong competition of dapperly attired drivers with scarves fluttering in the breeze, starts its 1,500 mile course June 11 in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga businessman Corky Coker has purchased the rights to the Great Race trademark name and it will start outside his business that supplies collector and specialty tires.

The lineup of some 65 cars, including a 100-year-old Velie roadster, will have drivers and navigators trying to precisely follow scheduled times for turns, stops and speed changes, until they arrive in Bennington, Vt.

Coker Tire's general counsel, Wes Kliner, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the race sponsor is Bennington-based Hemmings Motor News.

He said the Great Race started in 1983 and had gone into bankruptcy after previous owners attempted a New York to Paris event.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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