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Great Race Car Rally launches from Warwick, bound for North Dakota

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WARWICK — To the cheers of massive crowds, the drivers of a legendary long-distance driving competition set off for the Midwest on Saturday morning.

They took their 130 classic cars out of Rocky Point State Park on a mostly secret 2,300-mile drive from the shores of Narragansett Bay to Fargo, North Dakota.

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Not really a race, The Great Race is a 39-year-old rally event that challenges drivers to complete an epic course with precise timing and navigation.

The event drew thousands of spectators to Rocky Point and to viewpoints along the ceremonial opening route on local roadways.

Plus:Classic Cars from the USA, Japan, England, Australia, Canada, Race from Warwick to North Dakota

What is at stake for the winner of the Great Race?

The rally is named after the 1965 film starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk. Competitors compete for prizes including a $50,000 first place purse.

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