More than 100 polished, rumbling hot rods rolled into Millsboro on Tuesday, with Mayor Bob Bryan leading the pack in his 1965 Ford Mustang.

More than 100 polished, rumbling hot rods rolled into Millsboro on Tuesday, with Mayor Bob Bryan leading the pack in his 1965 Ford Mustang.

The cars, which ended up filling the parking lot of the Millsboro Town Center, came into town for a pit stop during The Great Race, an annual rally that challenges teams of drivers and navigators to get from point A to point B in the most precise manner possible.

The route for the race is different each year and this summer’s race will take drivers 2,100 miles from their starting point in Ogunquit, Maine last Saturday to The Villages in Florida this Sunday.

Each day the cars stop for lunch along the way and Tuesday, Millsboro Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary boxed up chicken, ambrosia, pasta salad and rolls for the racers.

This isn’t the first time that The Great Race has come through Delaware, Bryan said.

“About 10 or 12 years ago, they came through Georgetown,” he said. “It was a morning stop and they fed them scrapple sandwiches and nobody knew what scrapple was. “

Millsboro was chosen as a stop this year, in part, because Bryan is a Great Race participant, but also because the town’s annual Pumpkin Run rally has put Millsboro on the map for other rally racers, said Amy Simmons, the executive director of Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce.

“This is something very different for the town,” she said. “We’ve had calls from as far away as Ohio with people asking about where can you stay, restaurants and what other things go on. For a day, it will pull tourists in to see these cars and watch them as they come and go for the race.”

All cars entered into the race must be vintage, and this year the oldest car is a 1915 Hudson 6-40 while the newest is a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette.

The winning team will get $50,000, while another $100,000 in prize money will be distributed.

The race isn’t about speed, but about accuracy, said Brian “Motor Mouth” Goudge who serves as emcee for The Great Race.

“We lay out an exact course for these drivers and navigators to follow,” he said. “It lays out every turn, every speed, every instruction that they must follow in order to complete the challenge.”

Along the way, there are hidden check points and each car will arrive at a check point at a specific moment if they have followed the instructions properly. If they time it just right, it’s known as an ace and they receive zero points. The Great Race, like golf, is a competition where the lowest score wins.

Bryan, who has competed in the Great Race four times, said the challenge is what keeps him coming back, he said.

“You have to drive to the second,” he said. “They give you instructions and one instruction might tell you to drive 35 miles an hour for four minutes and 58 seconds and then change speed. You have to do it exact.”

But The Great Race isn’t exactly the best way to see the country, according to Bryan

“The driver has to look at that speedometer that’s up on the dash and, say we’re driving at 26 miles an hour, he has to keep that needle on 26,” he said. “I’m looking at these instructions and if I miss a sign we’re off course.”

Bryan is serving as the navigator for his team, while Brian Gomez of West Chester, Pa. is the driver. The pair placed first in their division on Monday and were ranked eighth overall by Tuesday.

“If you love cars and you love math problems this is perfect,” Gomez said. “This is basically a nine-day math problem, trying to figure out how you can stay on time.”