Richard Pepe, organizer of the Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix, talks about the October 2017 event.
PEEKSKILL -Â Rare vintage cars touringÂ through theÂ streets areÂ synonymous with marquee events such as the Tour dâElegance in Californiaâs picturesque Pebble Beach.
Peekskill is gearing up to beÂ next.
Cars built 50 years ago or more â some potentially worth gobs of money â will tour a course through Peekskill’sÂ streets on Oct. 8, the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. The Common Council this month green-flaggedÂ the first-ever event.
Cars whose makers disappeared forever in theÂ Great Depression or World War IIÂ mayÂ be among those the Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix aims to draw âÂ open-wheeledÂ machines with drivers donningÂ goggles and other bygone regalia.
OrganizerÂ Richard Pepe, of Croton-on-Hudson, said he’s scouting out cars and participants. Some of that legwork might include trips to California to plant the seed in similar circles.
âI do car events â Iâm a car guy,â said Pepe, who retired from the New York Police DepartmentÂ after about 20 years.Â “I think Peekskill and the course is perfect â you get downtown through all the major commercial parts of Peekskill that the Chamber and the city want to show off.”
ItÂ won’t be a race â the cars won’t pass each other.Â Rather, a car will be released onto the course perhaps every 30 seconds, soÂ they don’t overtake each other. They’ll collectively formÂ a curvy caravan touringÂ a nearly 2-mile course at a relaxed pace that loopsÂ past notable restaurants, landmarks and the…