The 28th running of the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival will take place on the traditional Labor Day Weekend... September 3 – 6, 2010. On the Friday, Saturday and Monday of the weekend, the track is teeming with exciting cars in full competition, but Sunday, glorious Sunday... That’s the day the Festival focus is on an automotive extravaganza of the highest level: Sunday in the Park.
Lime Rock’s Sunday in the Park was in fact inspired by what was initially seen as a problem: a 1959 court injunction that forbids cars racing on the track on Sundays – even vintage and historic cars!
Sunday in the Park consists of two major components; the Lime Rock Concours, and the Gathering of the Clubs.
The Lime Rock Concours is the logical development of the Lime Rock Car Show, founded many years ago by Marv Minkon, who remains Chairman Emeritus. In recent years, making serious and successful efforts to attract ever more significant automobiles to the event, are Murray Smith, Chairman of the Festival; Kent Bain, Director of Sunday in the Park; Cathy Glasner, from Lime Rock Park; and Fred Jackson. The Honored Collector last year was the Miles Collier Collection, and thus the aforementioned passionate efforts culminated in the arrival of the breathtaking Wi54 Mercedes Silver Arrow Grand Prix car.
This year’s Honored Collector is Joe Freeman, who has undertaken to bring, show and race at least four cars from his splendid collection.
The entry fee for the Lime Rock Concours is $50 per car, which not only allows us to provide a slew of awards including First, Second and Third in each class (see below for Classes), but also some very special senior awards from Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Motorsport magazine. The entry fee also includes admittance to the track, and indeed provides a certain amount of charitable contribution to the nearby Salisbury Winter Sports Association, a ski-jumping youth development organization tied in with the Junior Olympics. Like Lime Rock, it is locally distinct and has a unique sporting flavor.
The classes will include the following:
1. "They don't build ’em like they used to," pre-1930 Open and Closed
2. "Gatsby's Delights," very special automobiles from 1930 to 1940
3. "Wheels for All," making the world more accessible, pre-1940
4. "Sporting Standouts," open cars 1940 to 1952
5. "Off to Grandma's," closed cars 1940 to 1952
6. "Fast ‘n’ Fun," open cars 1952 to 1966
7. "Businessmen's Express," GT cars 1952 to 1966
8. "Home from Work," closed sedans 1952 to 1956
9. "Speed with Style," open and closed sporting cars 1966 to 1976
10. "Room for the Kids," world sedans 1966 to 1976
11. "Popular Space," commercial vehicles, trucks and woodies
12. "Risky ‘n’ Racy," pre-war competition
13. "No Holds Barred," post-war competition
14. "Less is More," motorcycles
15. "Fabulous Facsimiles," clones and tributes
16. "Home-built Happiness," rods and customs
17. "Virgin Vehicles," non-restored originals
The Gathering of the Clubs is the other major part of Sunday in the Park, so successfully initiated in 2009. We offered the opportunity to all Marque Car Clubs to invite their members to put on a group show of their
cars, on the track. This was an absolute slam-dunk success with more than 5oo cars in designated club areas all round the track save the start/finish straight, where the Concours cars maintain station.
Truly something to see was this huge number of collector cars and their owners taking advantage of the Gathering of the Clubs. As last year, expect the chance to roam the track, show one's car, meet kindred spirits, attend the
Concours, and visit the Vendor Midway and the Swap Meet – all for the Sunday price of admission to the track. An outstanding occasion it will be again.
Once we have received your entry for the Lime Rock Concours or an expression of interest from Club Officials to attend the Gathering of the Clubs, we will send you detailed instructions regarding the event itself.
And let it be noted that we understand perfectly that the success last year was accompanied by some confusion... Getting more than 700 cars on track proved somewhat time consuming. But rest assured that we now know what needs to be done this year and beyond. Sunday in the Park will be a great day regardless of which aspect you intend to be part of.
It goes without saying that if you want to be a spectator ($20 in advance, $25 at the gate) of this fabulous affair in the pristine valley that is Lime Rock Park, then come along, picnic, stroll, and above all, enjoy the magic of Sunday in the Park.