Great Race coming to breakfast

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer

Entrants participating in the 25th annual Great American Race will make a breakfast stop in Portales on Tuesday morning.

Sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, the cars will begin arriving around 6 a.m. and will be parked at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, said Sharon King, executive director of the Chamber.

“It’ll be fun. We’re just thrilled,” King said of the event stopping in Portales.

Portales is the only breakfast stop on the coast-to-coast race and also the shortest stop in between points. Several years ago the race stopped in the area and officials chose to do so again, even though the racers will spend the night before in Clovis, said King.

“They have great memories of when they were here before,” King said.

For a sponsor fee of $50, local business and citizens will be able to participate in the event. Each sponsor will have a designated spot that they may mark or decorate as they wish. Sponsors will not know which car is theirs until it arrives, King said.

“We would like them there to greet their cars,” King said of the event sponsors.

Currently there are 14 sponsors for the event, mainly businesses. The event should be over by 8:30 a.m., said events coordinator Kinsey Barker.

The $50 sponsor fee includes breakfast for two. Other citizens attending will be able to purchase the breakfast for $4. The breakfast will include two pancakes, two sausage patties and a beverage of choice, King said.

“We want lots of folks to come out and welcome them,” King said.

Breakfast will be served in the lobby of the Chamber office and tables and chairs will be set up on the sidewalk out front. Classic cars from the local area will be lined up in front of the Chamber to lead the way to the courthouse and welcome the racers to Portales, King said.

According to the Great American Race Web site, the race consists of classic cars 1969 and older. The field includes muscle cars, hot rods and hybrid or alternative fuel-powered vehicles. There are two divisions, rookie and veteran and the teams consist of two people, a driver and a navigator, said the Web site.

“They’re down to 67 cars. The largest entry is a 1969 Peterbilt that weighs 10,000 pounds and gets two and one-half miles to the gallon,” Barker said.