With Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 34 Presented by the Prestige Family of Fine Cars just around the corner – it starts Thursday, September 1 when the Vintage Race Car Parade leaves Sam Posey Straight at 4:00 p.m., and ends Monday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m., when the last checkered flag of the day is waved – we have three new bits of info for you...
►One of the two Honored Guests at the Festival is here not only to meet-and-greet, sign autographs and make new friends... he’s here to race! John Morton is bringing his gear bag to pedal three cars over the weekend:
In Group 5: For Murray's Tin-Top Trophy, “Wildly assorted sporting sedans,” John will be racing the #50 1970 Fiat Abarth TC-1000
In Group 6: For the Sportsman's Choice Award, “Mid-century sports & racing cars,” he’s in the amazing #50 1955 Lancia D50 Replica, courtesy of The Revs Institute, Naples, Florida. (Note: The Race Group in which Morton will drive the D50 is subject to change.)
In Group 8: For Finn's Formula Libre Award, “Post-1970 sports & racing cars,” John’s racing the #01 1962 Lotus 23B (Morton raced his own Lotus 23 successfully in the 1960s)
Morton and our other Honored Guest, Peter Brock, were a dynamic duo in the early 1970s; Peter’s BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) team hired John to drive one of its Datsun 510s in the SCCA Trans-Am 2.5 Challenge – and won the championship in 1971 and 1972
► The weekend schedule for the Festival is now online. Click here for the pdf, which also has the names and descriptions of each of the nine Race Groups. For HF34 ticket info, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above
► Sneak Peek! Below is a before-it’s-even-printed sneak preview of Historic Festival 34’s official poster. That’s the Pete Brock-designed Cobra Daytona Coupe in Big Bend, as imagined by artist and author Dwight Knowlton. You’ll be able to buy this unique poster at the Lime Rock Store during the Festival weekend.
Above photo: It's 1972, at Lime Rock, the SCCA Trans-Am "Two-Five" Challenge... John Morton (second from left) and his #46 BRE Datsun 510 failed to make the start, but Bob Sharp (second from right, in the background) and his BRE #68 510 (shown) won the race.
Buy this awesome, Dwight Knowlton-designed, one of a kind poster at the Lime Rock Merchandise Store during Historic Festival 34 Presented by the Prestige Family of Fine Cars, September 2-5