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Lime Rock Park ‘Historic Festival 28’ to Build on 2009 Success

HistoricLogoFinalLAKEVILLE, Conn. - The Lime Rock Historic Festival will continue its well established pattern of three days of on-track activities on the Friday, Saturday and Monday of Labor Day weekend 2010 (September 3, 4 and 6), sandwiching the increasingly popular Sunday in the Park Concours & Car Show on Sunday the 5th.

The organizers confirmed that one of the highlights of this year’s Historic Festival – Lime Rock’s 28th – will be “an invasion of the track by the Italian Empire... the range of really great cars which are now part of the FIAT family. Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Ferrari, Maserati, and of course, Fiat-engined specials such as the little Stanguelinis. We are also working on a superstar celebrity guest if he can find the time to visit.”

Event Chairman Murray Smith, who took on that responsibility in 2009, and Lime Rock Park President Skip Barber affirmed their determination to maintain the event’s reputation as one of the best and longest-established historic race meetings. As well, both are focused on continuing the tremendous progress the Festival has made in recent years in regard to providing a truly satisfying experience for the participants, while attracting features to make the fan experience the best it can be.

For example, in 2009, the Festival offered spectators the unforgettable sights and sounds of the 1939 W 154 Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow from the Collier Collection; it appeared on a race track for the first time since 1939. Between its on-track sessions, the gaggle of fans surrounding the Silver Arrow’s compound was three-deep all weekend.

Barber said, “I know that people will not be disappointed with what we have planned for 2010 in the way of special features. We expect to create a real stir... We intend to keep you on the edge of your seats for a couple of months yet!” Barber added, “We will continue, of course, with the successful mix of sprints and longer races that we introduced in 2009.”

The 2009 event (sanctioned by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, the longest established organisation of its kind in the U.S.) was immensely popular with both spectators and participants. Nearly 300 cars of all types took part in a series of sprint and endurance races, while the Sunday in the Park “happening” saw more than 700 cars on display on the track, in groupings from the traditional Concours to a special “gathering of the clubs”: displays from a plethora of marque clubs including Morgan – celebrating its 100th anniversary – BMW, Rolls Royce and Bentley, Shelby and Aston Martin.

“By all measures, last year’s weekend was an unmitigated success,” Smith said. “We intend to build on that for the future.” Smith praised the addition of longtime vintage expert Kent Bain to oversee Sunday in the Park as “a very positive step,” and vowed to continue arranging outstanding special features in the vein of the Silver Arrow.

The track’s recent reconstruction – new surface, new optional corners, and a spectacular series of new viewing areas – was enthusiastically embraced by the many thousands of spectators who flocked to the facility on all four days of the event.

Entry forms and further detail for Historic Festival 28 can be downloaded by clicking here.

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