The Great Race

The Great Race

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018


in Historic Downtown Gardiner & the Waterfront Park

5 to 9pm, Fireworks to follow in the evening at the 

Waterfront Park

Great Race Cars arrive at 5:00pm, Shuttles to Downtown Gardiner begin at 3:00pm, Night Ends with Fireworks at 9:00pm

For up to date information, visit the Facebook Event Page, search The Great Race – Gardiner, Maine Stop.

Gardiner, Maine will host a stop on the 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. The Great Race, the world’s premiere classic car rally, will bring more than 100 antique automobiles to Historic Downtown Gardiner and the Waterfront Park.


The race will start June 23 in Buffalo, New York, and weave its way to a total of 2,100 miles over nine days taking drivers on a course that starts in Buffalo and continues across upstate New York and through Vermont to Burlington. From there, the course goes east to Mount Washington, and from there across Maine to Gardiner. Contestants then will leave from Augusta and head up to Bangor, and then down to Bar Harbor. The final legs of the trip will take drivers across the Canadian border into Saint John and Moncton, New Brunswick, and then over to Nova Scotia, with stops in Truro and Dartmouth before the rally concludes in Halifax. 

To learn more about The Great Race, its history, routes, rules, and more, visit The Great Race website.


Gardiner Main Street and The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to play as host city for the race participants and event goers organizing the logistics for both meals, entertainment, and lodging. “The race annually draws more than 500 people who make up the 120 teams – driver, navigator, support team and truck.”

Food trucks will be on hand in Gardiner to feed the crowd and  Johnson Hall will put on an early evening show under a tent at the Waterfront Park. Race personnel will stay at lodgings in Augusta. The race continues the next day.


The economic impact for local businesses and tourism for the region will be on fantastic display and we’re excited to host this popular event. We’re going to need all the help we can get!

Be part of this momentous event, click here to volunteer: Volunteer for The Great Race 2018.

Food Vendors

Be a food vendor, apply by clicking here: The Great Race_vendor application

Thank You to the Driver’s Seat Sponsors:

Thank you to our Passenger’s Seat Sponsors:

Emery’s Meat and Produce 




Enter into the FREE Gardiner, ME Stop Raffle! Stop by to fill out a raffle form at our office located 149 Water Street, Gardiner, ME (directly across the Public Library).

Prizes include:

  • $500 cash
  • Waving the checkered flag at the finish line
  • Riding across the finish line with The Maine Boyz
  • 2 tickets to the post-race Lobster Bake with the Great Race teams
  • 2 entry tickets to the post-race entertainment, Early Evening Show
  • Great Race swag basket