Lake Garnett Grand Prix comes back; Route 77 show canceled

Mike Berry
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The third annual Lake Garnett Grand Prix revival is set for Oct. 8-9, upgraded to a two-day track event for those who enjoy zipping around a challenging road course.

Organizers have set up no fewer than six groups for the track sessions, from a tame 60 mph session to a 100 mph session, as well as groups for vintage race cars and historic factor stock sports cars built before 1960. Billed as a “unique motoring experience,” the revival at the legendary southeast Kansas course won’t involve actual racing, but will allow sports car owners to engage in “spirited driving.”

There will also be a car show, an autocross and spectator rides around the track.

The weekend will kick off with a barbeque and social gathering on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Garnett Inn and Suites. Online registration begins Aug. 1. Complete information is available at


The Route 77 Classic Car Show scheduled for May 28 in downtown Burns has been canceled, due to the hospitalization of event organizer Marlin Decker. His wife, Rose, said that plans are for the show to resume next year, but that for now, her prime concern is getting Marlin well.

The show has grown from a small get-together in a small town to a big deal in Burns, attracting hundreds of cars from around central Kansas.