Great Race to close town pier

BAR HARBOR — The town pier will be closed to vehicles for about an hour at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, for the Great Race rally. Police said parking rules and road closures will be similar to those enacted during a cruise ship visit.

The drivers and navigators will stop for lunch in Seal Cove and park overnight at the town pier in Bar Harbor. Lt. David Kerns said the cars will come down either Agamont Avenue or West Street before parking at the pier.

Access to the pier will be normal for fisherman on the morning of the race, Kerns said.

The rally starts on June 23 and runs more than 2,000 miles from Buffalo, N.Y. to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

More than 100 antique, vintage or collector cars will compete in the race. The race is described as a “controlled-speed endurance road rally.” Cars will try to arrive at checkpoints at the “perfect time” and will be penalized for being early or late.

Last year’s winner was a 1932 Ford Cabriolet that accrued only 44 seconds in penalties.

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