Vintage cars make their way through Cooperstown as part of "The Great Race"

By WKTV News

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Cooperstown isn't just about baseball and the village proved that on Thursday by hosting a leg of The Great Race.

55 drivers are racing their vintage cars from Tennessee to Vermont and the race offered a a rare opportunity to take in so many classic cars at one time.

Only cars made before 1969 can compete in the race.

The drivers have to follow a set of instructions and they are not allowed to go over the posted speed limit. Each vehicle must pass a checkpoint at a specific time, and is penalized for every second they are off.

Also, there are no smart phones allowed.

"The only thing they are using is the speedometer, a stop watch and that set of instructions," said Wes Kliner, Assistant Director of the race. "No computers, no GPS and no maps and odometers. All they can use are the materials they are given to negotiate using these old cars that don't have the technology that we have nowadays."

There will be a winner in three divisions of the race and each will receive a $10,000 prize.

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