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Buddy Green of Wilmington, N.C., drove a 1969 Dodge Charger - "The General Lee" - with Bill Green of Jensen Beach, Fla., as navigator (Photo by Bob Lang).

The seventh day Patriots Point stopover of the Great Race vintage car rally June 21-29 from Maine to Florida drew tributes about the welcome reception here.

Race director Jeff Stumb called Mount Pleasant among the top locales visited, and master of ceremonies Brian "MotorMouth" Goudge in his blog picked the town as one of his "favorites" this year.

Then there was this, dated June 28 on the Great Race online log: "Our day started in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where we were still buzzing from the awesome experience on the U.S.S. Yorktown the night before."

Nearly 100 race vehicles, dating from the 1910s to the early '70s, arrived at Patriots Point on the afternoon of June 27. More than 80 local classics greeted the racers, and crowds estimated in the thousands watched from the grounds.

Drivers and navigators dined onboard the Yorktown and spent the night in Mount Pleasant as one of 10 stopover, starting or finishing sites for the annual rally - officially titled the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty.

For those keeping score, Barry and Irene Jason of Keller, Texas, (near Dallas) won for the third consecutive year, this time reaching dozens of checkpoints on the 2,100 miles from Ogunquit, Maine, to The Villages, Fla., in just 1.02 seconds over the minimum total.

According to the running commentary on the Great Race website, "They brought a new car to the event this year, but they undoubtedly had it dialed in beforehand, as they nailed the very first day."

The Jasons drove a red 1969 Ford Mustang is this year's rally. "They scored a perfect day on day one, but had a couple of rough days after that, which caused them to play catch-up all week," the website noted.

"Jeff and Eric Fredette" - of Fletcher, Ill., driving a 1933 Ford Pickup - "held the lead for most of the week, but the Jasons came back on the last couple of days with awesome scores."

Meanwhile, registration has opened for the 2015 Great Race. According to organizers, it "will have a Route 66 theme and start in the St. Louis area on Saturday, June 20, and will finish in Southern California on Sunday, June 28."

The rally will cross through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

U.S. Highway 66 gained fame from the "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" song - written in 1946 and reportedly performed by such artists as Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones.

According to the website, the 2015 rally is limited to the first 100 entrants. For more information, visit