LRP's Historic Festival Up For Award


This past Labor Day weekend's Historic Festival 34 at Lime Rock Park has been nominated in the category of “Motorsport Event of the Year” by the U.K.-based International Historic Motoring Awards (IMHA), presented in association with Octane magazine and EFG Private Bank.

The search to find the “best of the best” in the international historic motoring world reached its final stages last week, as the panel of expert judges assesses the nominees that have been shortlisted in each 2016 category.

The IHMA categories celebrate the diversity and depth of the historic motoring industry and the individuals that work within it.

Judges such as Derek Bell, car designer Peter Stevens and Pink Floyd drummer and historic car collector and racer Nick Mason don’t have an easy task, with a splendid range of international candidates to choose from across the various categories, including Denmark’s Rømø Motor Festival, Italy’s Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, Germany’s Eifel Rallye Festival and no less than three American automotive museums.

The winners of each category will be announced November 17 when the “great and the good of the historic motoring world” gather at London’s Guildhall.

Lime Rock Historic Festival Chairman Murray Smith said, “I have to say, I see this Motorsport Event nomination as reward for all the hard work and creativity everyone at Lime Rock brings to bear for each year’s Festival. I like to think the IMHA recognizes the uniqueness of our having historic racing and a premier concours at the same venue at the same time. We are absolutely humbled and honored to be considered among other such prestigious events.”

For 34 years, America uniquely has one vintage automotive event that combines a prestigious concours d'elegance with authentic vintage and historic racing competition, all on the same property, all on one extended weekend.

In 2016, Historic Festival 34 (and its concomitant Sunday in the Park Concours d'Elegance) saw 264 authentic race cars competing over three days in a total of 36 races (including 28 authentic, 1966-1972 SCCA Trans-Am cars, all with documented, in-period race histories), while the Concours had 281 invited entrants plus another 588 collector cars of all stripes in the "Gathering of the Marques" exhibit.

American racing legends John Morton and Peter Brock were the Honored guests (following 2015's Sir Stirling Moss and Jochen Mass), with Morton racing in six of the weekend's races.

Lime Rock's Historic Festival is by far the venue's biggest, most popular, highest-attended event. It's a massive affair, with dozens of automotive elements including "swap meets," a vibrant Fan Midway and special displays to once-in-a-lifetime car collections (e.g., Ralph Lauren's), demonstration laps (e.g., the 1939 Mercedes-Benz W154 Silver Arrow Grand Prix car) and iconic Honored Guests and Collectors.

2016 IHMA Finalists announced
For the complete list of categories and nominees, click here

Motorsport Event of the Year
Silverstone Classic
Eifel Rallye Festival
Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort
Lime Rock Park Historic Festival
Le Mans Classic
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Car of the Year
Alfa Romeo SZ Zagato
Ford GT40 P/1046
Sir Henry Segrave’s Sunbeam ‘Tiger’
Jaguar D-type XKD 501
Jaguar XJ13 recreation
Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Figoni et Falaschi
Touring Disco Volante Spyder
Pegaso Z-102 Berlinetta ENASA Cúpula
Motoring Event of the Year
Concours of Elegance 2016: Windsor Castle
Regent Street Motor Show
Rømø Motor Festival 2016
Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2016
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille
Museum or Collection of the Year
America's Car Museum - The LeMay
The Mullin Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Porsche Museum
Lamborghini Museum
The British Motor Museum
Restoration of the Year
Ex-works Aston-Martin Ulster – Ecurie Bertelli
Pegaso Z-102 Berlinetta ENASA Cúpula – Classic Restorations
Ford GT40 P/1046  - RK Motors Charlotte/Rare Drive
Lamborghini Miura chassis #4846 – Lamborghini PoloStorico
Porsche 911 2.5 S/T ex Le Mans – Porsche Classic
Lola GT – Allen Grant
Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria - RM Auto Restoration









The 2017 Major Event Schedule


General Manager Steven Sewell announced Lime Rock Park’s 2017 major spectator event schedule this morning, noting that it models 2016.

“Feedback from the fans was overwhelmingly positive with regard to having Pirelli World Challenge over Memorial Day weekend and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in July,” Sewell said. “The long-running Historic Festival is of course a Labor Day weekend staple at Lime Rock.”

At Lime Rock, the Pirelli World Challenge – tremendous, no-pit-stops sprint racing – features all eight PWC classes: GT, GTA, GTS, GT Cup, SprintX, plus the three Touring Car classes – TC, TCA and TCB. GT is where manufacturers such as Cadillac, Acura, Bentley, Audi, McLaren, Ferrari, Nissan, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz all come to play. Many teams in the GT and GTS classes will also compete in two 60-minute "SprintX" races, with racing duties shared by two drivers.



The July IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, endurance racing at its finest, will again feature the extremely popular GT Le Mans (GTLM) division and the GT Daytona cars (GTD is closely aligned to the international GT3 rules package, very attractive to the world’s carmakers). The IMSA event includes the separate Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championship, with the Grand Sport (GS) – now featuring international GT4-spec cars! – and the ever-popular Street Tuner (ST) divisions together in one big, fender-banging race.



Historic Festival 35 – details to come – is always a tremendous automotive and racing extravaganza that showcases close to 2,000 historic, vintage, racing and collector cars over its four days, from race car parades through town and three dozen vintage races to a prestigious concours on Sam Posey Straight and a huge collector car show. With Honored Collectors, Honored Guests and dozens of other special features, Historic Festival 35 is a must-do for any car person.


Tickets for all events, hospitality packages, season passes, camping, RV, Insiders Club membership, new merchandise and more will go on sale early November – many with discount pricing for the upcoming holiday season.

Keep an eye on your Inbox!

Lime Rock Park 2017 Major Racing Event Schedule
• May 26, 27 & 28, Memorial Day weekend: Pirelli World Challenge & Sunday Royals Car Show
• July 21 & 22, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship & Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
• September 1, 2, 3 & 4 (plus August 31 Race Car Parade), Labor Day weekend: Historic Festival 35 & Sunday in the Park Concours
• TBD: Ferrari Challenge Festival



Official Ferrari Videos from Challenge Weekend


Ferrari quickly produced two video packages of last Saturday's Ferrari Challenge "festival" at Lime Rock Park.

The first video is here, and an interview with race winner and Lime Rock Drivers Club Member Joe Courtney is here.



Concours Results 2016


Historic Festival 34 presented by the Prestige Family of Fine Cars
   Sunday in the Park Concours d'Elegance

   Best of Show
   1959 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage #2452, Tony Wang, Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.
    Though Wang has raced this Birdcage at the Lime Rock Historics previously – 2010 and 2012 –
he didn’t race it over the weekend but did enter the Sunday in the Park Concours “Pick of the Paddock” class



People’s Choice
1912 Thomas Flyer 6-40, John F. & Carol A. Jones, Prospect, Conn.
This imposing machine wowed the spectators: It’s a 6-cylinder, 7-passenger Thomas
that had previously won Most Outstanding Vintage Car 1912-1920 at Greenwich in 2008



Peter Brock Award
1968 Fiat 850 Spider, Jane & Jerome Roth, West Cornwall, Conn.
This was the car Honored Guest Peter Brock chose as the car he’d most like to own,
telling the crowd he was so impressed with its lithe lines when he first saw one in Europe years ago



John Morton Award
1938 Marchese Special Indy Roadster, Jerry Lettieri, Rocky Hill, Conn.
Honored Guest John Morton chose the Marchese as the car he would love to take home.
Morton told the crowd he was stunned when he came across this Indy car on the concours line:
it was the very car he saw win a race at Milwaukee when he was a boy



Honored Collector Wayne Carini Car Award
1935 Ford Deluxe 3-Window Coupe Hot Rod
Wayne Carini loved this extremely well-executed rod with its worked flathead V8



Honored Collector Wayne Carini Motorcycle Award
1928 Indian Scout, Tim Raindle, Torrington, Conn.
Wayne said he is just really getting into Indians of late, and loves that Indians are local
(built 1901 – 1953 in Springfield, Mass.)



Skip’s Sunday Best
Like a kid in a candy store, Historic Festival 34 Patron and Lime Rock President Skip Barber
awards “Skip’s Sunday Best” trophies to machines he would like in his garage...

1951 Jaguar Mark V Cabriolet, Chris Owen, Stockbridge, Mass.
1927 Rolls Royce Springfield Phantom, Gabe Gilligan, New Canaan, Conn.
1964 Porsche 356C, Andrew Benenson, Darien, Conn.
1967 Gurney Eagle 67 (AAR #42) Indy car, Rob Dyson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Sunray DX L88 race car, J.R. Amantea, Meriden, Conn.
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Superleggera Berlinetta, Dragone Classic Motorcars, Bridgeport, Conn.






Inaugural Russ Truelove Award
Waterbury’s Russ Truelove, one of the first NASCAR drivers, has for years been bringing
his crowd-pulling, crowd-pleasing authentic 1956 NASCAR Mercury Monterey stock car to
Lime Rock Park. Going forward, the Russ Truelove Award will be presented at Sunday in
the Park to those demonstrating exceptional dedication to the car-showing hobby. Russ is
delivering the Monterey to Daytona this fall, and he’ll fly down rather than drive down
when the Frances ring him up...

Photo by Michael DiPleco


Class Winners
Note: Three photos still to come

The World’s First Wheels Basic transportation 1915 - 1939, open and closed
1. 1931 Buick 56C, Allan & Pat Kehrley, New York, N.Y.
2. 1931 DeSoto SA, Michael DeAngelis, Stamford, Conn.
3. 1931 Graham Model 46 Roadster, Tom Tkacz, Killingworth, Conn.



Gatsby’s Delight’s Luxury and speed; coach-built and special pre-WWII
1. 1930 Aston Martin International (Open Tourer), William King, Redding, Conn.
2. 1929 Lincoln Model L Sport Phaeton by Locke, C.V. Lewis Vaughn, Marcy, N.Y.
3. 1926 Bentley 3.0L Tourer, Frank Allocca, Chester, N.J.

Aston Intl-1


Off to Work Post-war machinery, the workhorses we depend on
1. 1967 Ford Fairlane 500XL Ranchero, Kevin Biebel, New Milford, Conn.
2. 1966 Ford Fairlane 500, Bruce Martin, Waterbury, Conn.
3. 1952 VW Beetle, Dave & Tracy Haviland, Burlington, Vt.



Risky ‘n’ Racy Competition specials and speed record machines
1. 1965 Shelby G.T. 350 “Snoopy” drag car, Robert Walls, Rochdale, Mass.
2. 1932 MG J2, Peter Ross, Bolton, Mass.
3. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT, Andy Greenberg, Sharon, Conn.



Rallyist’s Revenge Rallying in a variety of forms
1. 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, Hans Abrahams, Riverside, Conn.
2. 1982 Audi quattro A1, John Buffum, Colchester, Vt.
3. 1965 Volvo 122S, Vintage Racing Services, Stratford, Conn.



Speed & Agility Sports cars to 1954
1. 1947 Cisitalia 202SC Vignale Spyder, Henry Miller, Greenwich, Conn.
2. 1948 Allard K1 Sports, Jerry Bensinger, Hubbard, Ohio
3. 1948 MG TC, The Lance Family, Long Valley, N.J.



Dashing Between the Drops Sports cars 1955 - 1961
1. 1957 BMW 507 Hardtop Convertible, Jeffrey McAllister, Ridgefield, Conn.



Shiny Side Up Sports cars 1962 - 1967
1. 1965 Alfa Romeo Gran Sport Quattroruote Zagato, Joe Nastasi, Long Island City, N.Y.  
2. 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8, Anita & Philip Heller, Stockbridge, Mass.
3. 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8, Gary Franzi, Harwinton, Conn.



For the Fun of the Drive Sports cars 1968 - 1975
1. 1969 Porsche 912 Targa, Jim & Wendy Petty, Weston, Conn.
2. 1973 Porsche 911 RS, Jim Scott, Woodbury, Conn.
3. 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce, Jerry Calabrese, Cornwall Bridge, Conn.



Carry Your Weight Trucks and commercial vehicles – machines that earn their keep, to 1975
1. 1967 Ford Ranchero, William Kokko, Milford, Conn.
2. 1965 BMW Farmobil, Willy & Jerri Wiley, Stevenson, Conn.
3. 1960 VW Type 2 Panel Van, Jordon Bochanis & Brad Hittle, Stratford, Conn.



This Weekend’s Racers are Rewarded Race on Saturday, show on Sunday
1954 Lancia D50 Recreation, Peter Giddings, Danville, Calif.



The Historic Trans-Am Race Group
1. 1968 Mark Donohue Penske Sunoco Camaro
2. 1969 Bud Moore Mustang Boss 302
3. 1970 Jerry Titus Pontiac Firebird



The Tin-Top Race Group
1. 1973 Ford Escort, Ross Bremer, Jacksonville, Fla.
2. 1964 Fiat Abarth, Alan Raymond, Knowlton, Ont., Canada
3. 1965 Volvo 122, Brian Reichtene, Southbury, Conn.



Style, Comfort, Pace GTs to 1961
1. 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20S, Chris Robins, Rye Brook, N.Y. 
2. 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT, Jack & Kathy Boxstrom, Picton, Ont., Canada
3. 1954 Nash Healey Le Mans, Don Rancatti, Williamstown, Mass.



A Businessman’s Express GTs 1962 - 1967
1. 1967 Porsche 912, Pam & Peter Antosiewicz, New Milford, Conn.
2. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, Steve Tocidlowski, Patterson, N.Y.
3. 1964 VW Karmann Ghia, Jeff Herman, Carmel, N.Y.



Speed Breeds Success GTs 1968 - 1975
1. 1974 DeTomaso Pantera, Robert Duquette, East Hampton, Conn.
2. 1973 Porsche 911S Steve McQueen Le Mans Tribute, The Third Garage, New Milford, Conn.
3. 1973 Lotus Europa Twin-Cam Special, Roman Artymyshyn, Flemington, N.J.



Outrunning the Wind Open-Air, GT-Calibre cars 1955 - 1980
1. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible, Tom Fuller, Lakewood, Ohio          
2. 1977 Maserati Kyalami, Walter Eisenstark, Yorktown, N.Y.



The Weird and/or Exceptional Supercars and non-traditional sports cars
1. 1996 Porsche 993 GT2, Steven Harris, New York, N.Y.     
2. 2010 Morgan Aero Super Sport, Joel Spiro, Albany, N.Y.
3. 2001 BMW Z8, Henny Karreman, New Fairfield, Conn.



Weather-Permitting Perfection Those great open luxury cars 1939 - 1959
1. 1941 Packard Model 110, Robert Neubert, Amston, Conn.
2. 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, Skip Barber, Sharon, Conn.
3. 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, Frank Nicodemus, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.



Comfort, Class and Wind in the Hair Those great open luxury cars 1960 - 1985
1. 1961 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible, Jack Haverty, Pleasant Valley, N.Y.
2. 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, Gerald Lambert, New Rochelle, N.Y.
3. 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, Michael Squillante, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.



Life at the Top in Comfort and Style Luxurious coupes and sedans 1945 - 1985
1. 1949 Cadillac Sedanette, Andrew Benenson, Darien, Conn.
2. 1960 Bentley S2 Continental James Young Saloon, Tom & Laura Rossiter, Lebanon, N.J.
3. 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition, Brad O’Connell, Westport, Conn.



Just as We Found It Untouched originals to 1975
1. 1910 Rover 8 h.p., Dirk Burrowes, Ashburnham, Mass.   
2. 1959 Lancia Flaminia Berlina, Walter Miller, Syracuse, N.Y.
3. 1968 Lamborghini Miura, John & Nana Greller, New York, N.Y.



A Fresh Approach Creative machines, “Euro Rods” and others that fall between the cracks...
1. 1961 Jaguar Mark II (resto-mod), Scott Lyman, New Canaan, Conn.       
2. 2016 Superlite GT (Ford GT-R Robertson Racing Tribute), Allan Uzwiak, Chester, Conn.
3. 1973 BMW 2002 w/late 1990s Nissan SR20DET 4-cylinder, Igor Pechko, New York, N.Y.



Hot Rod Our tribute to garage-built American greatness
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Hardtop Convertible, Howard Block, Plymouth, Conn.



Up on Two Wheels The lighter side of getting going, legendary bikes through 1990
1. 1967 BMW R27, Rick Bell, Salisbury, Conn.          
2. 1952 Vincent Black Shadow Series C, David Miller, Ridgefield, Conn.
3. 1916 Harley-Davidson 16F, Denis Sharon, New Milford, Conn.



Domestic Dynamite Reflections of a golden age of American muscle 1955 - 1980
1. 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28/RS, Tom Petrasek, Huntington, N.Y.           
2. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454, Hank & Ronnie Sarno, Dix Hills, N.Y.
3. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 427, Bruce & Michelle Clark, Brookvale, N.Y.



Pick of the Paddock
1954 Lancia D50 Recreation, Miles Collier, The Revs Institute, Naples, Fla.







All photography by Casey Keil/Greg Clark/Lime Rock Park except Russ Truelove (Michael DiPleco)







One Honored Guest was also 'Honored Driver'


►One of the two Honored Guests at the Festival was here not only to meet-and-greet, sign autographs and make new friends... he was here to race! John Morton brought 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)

Click here to see all the practice, qualifying and race results from Historic Festival 34.