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The 2019 Ocean to Ocean Rerun team began their cross-country venture on June 15th to spend 30 days in the non-passing lane as they drive their Ford Model T’s from Tarrytown, NY to Seattle, WA. Approximately 35 drivers registered for the race, which will bring the cars through North Bend this Friday, July 12th. Community members are welcome to view the cars around noon at Torguson Park before they head to the finish line in Seattle.
The route covers 4,000 miles in 11 states. Unlike many rare auto collectors, this group drives their cars rather than tows them. The Model T cars came through North Bend ten years ago on the same route. They will be coming to North Bend from an overnight stay at Snoqualmie Pass.
“We enjoyed hosting the Model T’s 10 years ago at Meadowbrook Farm and look forward to seeing them again,” Mayor Ken Hearing said. “The drivers were very friendly and enjoyed talking about their beloved cars with community members. We look forward to welcoming them again on Friday.”
This year marks the 110th anniversary for the event. Morris Dillow and his co-chairman Jon Greisenbeck of Virginia are anticipating a wonderful historic endurance run of the first race. Their love of driving and appreciation for history led them to organize the 2019 Ocean to Ocean Rerun, a re-enactment of America’s first transcontinental automobile race, the 1909 Ocean-to-Ocean Automobile Endurance Contest which started in New York City on June 1, 1909 with the first competitor reaching Seattle 22 days later. The first place prize was $2,000, which is worth $55,288 in 2019.
As life-time members of the Ocean to Ocean team, Dillow and Greisenbeck anticipate a wonderful historic endurance run of the 110th anniversary of the original race.