The grand opening of a Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum branch in Hazel Dell could offer a once-in-a-lifetime event for car enthusiasts Friday with a stopover by 120 vintage automobiles taking part in The Great Race.
The Great Race started 38 years ago as a time-speed-endurance rally. The car museum at 1015 N.E. 78th St., will be the second to last stop on the rally’s nine-day route.
The event will showcase rare cars on display at the museum and cars brought in for the event from local clubs.
“I expect it to be a very eclectic collection,” car collector and museum founder Ron Wade said. Despite a lifetime in the car industry, this will be his first time seeing The Great Race.
“At 3 years old, I was standing on the passenger floor board identifying the cars around us,” Wade said. “I’m one of the truly blessed people to have been able to earn a living with my passion.”
If you go
What: The Great Race stopover in Hazel Dell.
Where: WAAAM West car museum, 1015 N.E. 78th St.
When: 10 a.m. Friday, museum and food carts open; 2 p.m. cruise-in; 5 p.m. first vintage cars scheduled to arrive; 5:15 to 8 p.m., The Great Race vintage cars on display and live music from the King Brothers.
Food: 10 food carts on site.