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Lemon Rally to kick off in Cumberland

January 22nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

For the fourth consecutive year, the Lemons Rally will shove off from the Appalachian hills on the Retreat From Moscow Rally. The four-day road trip will pit dozens of participants from across the country against the road, the winter weather, and their ugly, rusty vehicles.

Festivities kick off at 7 am on Tuesday, January 28, from the Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing Drive in Cumberland, Maryland. After a short registration period, the motely assembly of vehicles will limp toward Roanoke, the first overnight stop that is followed by nights in Asheville, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennesee. The final goal—in an irreverent nod to Napoleon’s failed march on Moscow—includes a trip to visit the Eiffel Tower in a location yet to be revealed. The fine details of the route are not revealed to participants until after registration.

The trip to through North Carolina includes stops at the Asheville Pinball Museum and Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Club, an iconic stretch of curvy U.S. Route 129 known as The Dragon. Other obstacles for the trip include stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway and oddball roadside attractions like an oversized frying pan.

The annual road trip features dozens of unlikely vehicles covering hundreds of wintry miles from the starting point near Moscow. The rally finishes with an award ceremony at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. Barber Motorsports Park will be hosting the 24 Hours of Lemons racing series at the time.

Previous Retreat From Moscow Rally winners include a 1986 Cadillac Limousine, a 1962 Chevrolet Impala that required a parking-lot engine change in the middle of the roadtrip, and a 1989 Yugo GVX.

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