Great Race visits Mason City, Iowa

The Great Race visited Mason City, Iowa on June 25, 2016.

On June 25 hundreds of spectators made their way to East Park in Mason City, Iowa to see vintage/antique vehicles from the Great Race. The Great Race began on June 18 starting in San Rafael, CA and  finishing  in Molina, IL on June 26.  The arrival time began around 1pm as the National Anthem was sung and the Color Guard was presented.

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Motor Mouth, spokesman of the Great Race crew kept the crowd entertained as he announced the vintage/antique vehicles as they made their way though the opening ceremony.

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Photo Credit Due to Mason City Ford 

As drivers parked their vehicles, spectators had the chance to talk to the crew, take pictures and children were even able to get autographs from the drivers!


Photo Credit Due to Mason City Ford 


Photo Credit Due to Mason City Ford 

Drivers and navigators came from all over the world – some even had their vehicles shipped to the United States…CRAZY!  As the teams signed the Visit Mason City guest book it was noted that we had visitors in Mason City, Iowa from Japan, Finland, Canada and from both sides of the coast in the United States.


Photo Credit Due to Mason City Ford 

As Visit Mason City staff greeted the Great Race participants with a warm welcome, they were then escorted to their lunch in shelter house 2 in East Park.  Staff and volunteers of Visit Mason City served  guests lunch with loose meat sandwiches, sweet corn on the cob, chips, water and ice cream!


Photo Credit Due to Mason City Ford 

The last Great Race vehicle departed from Mason City around 4pm – as they were headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Photo Credit Due to Mason City Ford 

There were many compliments on the lunch served, Mason City’s hospitality and the BEAUTIFUL park. Guests and many Mason City natives enjoyed this event as well as the volunteers and staff!


Photo Credit Due to Mason City Ford 

A BIG thank you to all of our volunteers – River City Street Rods, Visit Mason City Volunteers, and friends/family of Staff.

Great Race Sponsored by:

     Mason City Ford          

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      Visit Mason City



About visitmasoncityiowa

Mason City, Iowa is best known as the hometown of "The Music Man", Meredith Willson. This charming town also showcases Prairie School Architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is home to the only remaning hotel in the world designed by Wright. The largest selection of Bil Baird puppets can also be found right here in Mason City, located in North Central Iowa.

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