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Richard Pepe, organizer of the Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix, talks about the October 2017 event.
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PEEKSKILL - Rare vintage cars touring through the streets are synonymous with marquee events such as the Tour d’Elegance in California’s picturesque Pebble Beach.

Peekskill is gearing up to be next.

Cars built 50 years ago or more — some potentially worth gobs of money — will tour a course through Peekskill’s streets on Oct. 8, the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. The Common Council this month green-flagged the first-ever event.

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Cars whose makers disappeared forever in the Great Depression or World War II may be among those the Peekskill Vintage Grand Prix aims to draw — open-wheeled machines with drivers donning goggles and other bygone regalia.

Organizer 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.

“I do car events — I’m a car guy,” said Pepe, who retired from the New York Police Department after about 20 years. “I think Peekskill and the course is perfect — you get downtown through all the major commercial parts of Peekskill that the Chamber and the city want to show off.”

It won’t be a race — the cars won’t pass each other. Rather, a car will be released onto the course perhaps every 30 seconds, so they don’t overtake each other. They’ll collectively form a curvy caravan touring a nearly 2-mile course at a relaxed pace that loops past notable restaurants, landmarks and the…