It’s been a long winter, but we’re ready to fire up the engines and get things rockin’ and rollin’!
It’s the Lime Rock Season-Opener featuring Trans Am and the Sunday Royals Garage Car Show benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, Friday through Sunday, May 24-26.
Friday, May 24 is practice and qualifying, when all the Trans Am, Formula F, F2000 and VSCCA teams are preparing for Race Day, which is Saturday, May 25.
Saturday totally crammed with non-stop action, from 9:00 in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon. There are three races before noontime, then the Trans Am Fan Walk – yep, right there on Sam Posey Straight – then the exciting Trans Am race at 1:30, then three more races after that! If you’re keeping score at home, that’s seven races in one day.
(Click on these links for the Weekend Schedule, the Trans Am Entry List, and the F1600 and F2000 Entry Lists.)
The next day is the Fourth Annual “Sunday Royals Garage Car Show,” where Sam Posey Straight is filled from the Downhill to Big Bend with the tri-state area’s coolest cars. From hot rods, classics, and 60s and 70s muscle cars to antiques, motorcycles and brand-new SS Camaros and Boss Mustangs, if it’s a cool vehicle, it’ll probably be here. Click here for more info.
Three Day Trans Am passes are just $30, and Saturday-only are just $15. But these prices are Advance Purchase only; the prices go up this Friday at 5:01 p.m. (Friday midnight if you buy online). Call or click to take advantage of pre-event pricing.
Oh, three more things about the Trans Am weekend...
CABANAS There are a handful of Lime Rock Hillside Cabanas still available! You can reserve a Lime Rock Hillside Cabana and enjoy the private comfort of a pop-up tent, the use of four comfortable Hankook Tire lawn chairs, and a cooler filled with complimentary beverages from Coca-Cola, Harpoon Brewery and Crystal Rock. Prime viewing on the Infield Hillside, of course. The cost for a private cabana is $100 (doesn’t include admission to the track); to reserve one, you have to call us at 860.435.5000.
Do you own a RED, WHITE or BLUE car? Seriously, any red, white or blue car – winter beater to brand-new Ferrari – can join the patriotic Red, White & Blue Car Corral on Saturday, May 25, in honor of America’s veterans on Memorial Day weekend. The cars in this Corral get a parade lap around Lime Rock during the lunch break! A Red, White & Blue Corral ticket is just $15, in addition to your Admission Ticket. Click here for more info. Oh, and there's a cool Ford Mustang Car Corral, too.
MOHEGAN SUN FAN HOSPITALITY The most smokin’-est, craziest, are we nuts? deal of the year... for the lunatic price of just $60.50, you can buy Mohegan Sun VIP Fan Hospitality, which includes shaded seating, continental breakfast, hot buffet lunch, beer/wine/soda/water/juices, special guest appearances, premium parking, a “hot lap” drawing, a personalized paddock tour and an event bag. This ticket includes Admission, too! We must be nuts... Click here for more info.
Okay, people, let’s go racing!
It’s been a long winter, but we’re ready to fire up the engines and get things rockin’ and rollin’!
It’s strictly because of cool – and caring – people like you, the Lime Rock fan, that the “Sunday Royals’ Garage Car Show” has been a wonderful success over the past three years. Since the first one in 2010, more than $12,000 has been raised to benefit charities and institutions.
The Fourth Annual Royals’ show is Sunday, May 26, closing out the Trans-Am season-opening race weekend.
Skip Barber and Torrington’s Glenn Royals have chosen the Wounded Warrior Project to receive the funds from the entry fees this year. Everyone is a strong believer in the tremendous good WWP has accomplished since its founding in 2002. The Wounded Warrior Project “...works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.”
And all you have to do to help is something that’s a lot of fun: Bring your cool vehicle to Lime Rock Park the morning of Sunday, May 26, and for $10, enter the car show!
The Sunday Royals’ Garage Car Show is what we like to call Lime Rock’s “Everyman’s Show.” The million dollar concours cars have their show Labor Day weekend.
This show is for people like you and me; we love our Ford Torinos and AMC Matadors and slammed Civics and want to show them off at one of the best venues in America, Lime Rock Park. And for a good cause to boot!
We want to see Muscle Cars, Tuners, Street Rods, Drift Machines, Motorcycles, Classic Cars, Antiques, Race Cars, Trucks of all kinds, and Exceptional Contemporary (that’s car-guy code for “Most excellent new cars, from SS Camaros to Lamborghini Aventadors!”), all lined up on Sam Posey Straight.
Skip’s goal is 500 vehicles, which would raise more than $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Here are the details... See you May 26!
* Rain or Shine
* 4 Premium Trophies awarded: Royals’ Crown, Skip’s Selection, People’s Choice and Veterans Vote
* No pre-registration: Just arrive between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.
* Car Show Entry Fee $10 ($5 for Military Personnel)
* Spectators $5
* Children 12 and under free
* Parking free
‘Spikes’ and friends made it happen at Lime Rock Park: The car show to benefit Sandy Hook families and first responders was, by all accounts, a big success. At the “Spike’s Ride for Sandy Hook,” organizers confirmed more than 2,400 vehicles – cars, motorcycles and trucks – made their way to Lakeville this past Saturday morning, collecting $26,000 in cash donations. That total does not include checks, vendor donations, pledges, t-shirt sales and matching funds, still being tallied.
George “Spikes” LeGrice, 27, an EMT and National Guardsman from Brockton, Mass., organized the event while Lime Rock donated the facility and its personnel. LeGrice recruited hundreds of volunteers for the cause, which he officially launched within a day of the mid-December tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
“I thought it would be a simple bike ride, and by 7:30 p.m. Saturday [Dec. 15] I had a Facebook page, but things went huge very, very quickly,” LeGrice told the Litchfield County Times. “People with any kind of nice car, bike or truck wanted to join in. Convoys came from Connecticut, obviously, but also New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania – we even have people from as far away as Texas.”
Skip Barber said, “This is one of the most ‘democratic’ shows I’ve ever seen. We had Bentleys from the 1930s shoulder to shoulder with Honda Accords, which, by the way, were right next to jacked-up diesel pick-ups, Z28s and Austin-Healeys. Thousands of vehicles... It’s wonderful when everyone feels as one, to do what they can for Newtown.”
Jim Perry, Lime Rock Park’s video producer, uploaded his Spike’s Ride piece by Sunday afternoon (you may click on the “Preview” link for an instant-play, non-HD view), which provides a succinct overview of the show...
Casey Keil, one of Lime Rock Park’s photographers, put up a terrific gallery of photos on the track’s Facebook page...
Many show attendees are also uploading videos of the event to the internet; search “Spikes Ride for Sandy Hook Lime Rock.”
It was successfully kept secret for weeks in order to surprise a racing legend; on Saturday, March 9, at the Amelia Island (Fla.) Concours d’Elegance, where this year’s honored guest was Sam Posey, Lime Rock Park owner Skip Barber announced that the track’s front straightaway is now officially Sam Posey Straight. Barber reported that Posey was rendered speechless by the surprise honor – no mean feat for one of the most erudite, articulate gentlemen you’ll ever meet.
Posey competed in just about every form of racing, including Can-Am, Trans-Am, World Endurance Championship, IMSA, Indy Cars, Formula 5000 and Formula 1. Since 1981, Posey has been one of the most sought-out TV racing announcers, and he’s also an accomplished writer, painter and artist. An avid model railroader, he authored Playing with Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale. Posey not only wrote an autobiography, The Mudge Pond Express, he won a sports writing Emmy in the early 1990s.
“I know – we all know – that Sam deeply loves Lime Rock Park,” Barber said at the Saturday evening 'Mercedes-Benz U.S.A. Gala Dinner Honoring Sam Posey.' “He’s been racing here since he was a teen – he grew up five miles from the track. Sam was the first driver to lap the track in less than 60 seconds – that was a big, big deal when Sam did that, in 1967. He was driving a McLaren Can-Am car. And that was just two years after his very first race here, in a Formula Vee, a car that has less than a fifth of the power of that McLaren.
“Sam was able to use Lime Rock as a launching pad for what turned out to be an astoundingly steep early career path. One year after that FV race, he was racing a 350 horsepower Bizzarrini 5300 GT at Le Mans.
“And of course, we’ve been blessed that no less than three of the beautiful buildings here, including the now-iconic paddock tower, were designed by Sam,” Barber said.
Although Posey retired from professional driving in the 1980s, he has not retired from the cockpit; he still drives his PRS Formula Ford at speed during Lime Rock Drivers Club track days – consistently under a minute, to boot!
When Barber got back from Florida, he said, “I wanted to do this special thing, for Sam and Ellen and the kids, so that Sam could savor it, appreciate it, in the here and now. That’s not an opportunity commonly afforded. I’ll be sending him the revised track map in about a week...”
It’s the moment many of you have been waiting for... the first-ever open-enrollment Autocross Competitions at Lime Rock Park!
Click here for the full schedule!
Anyone with a fun car – and we’ll let you define that – can sign-up!
You’ll be driving the full autocross layout, which is eight turns and nearly a half-mile long.
Lime Rock racing instructors will be there to provide feedback, tips and techniques that will make anyone, experienced or not, smoother and faster. In other words, your lap times will drop! Not to mention how much fun this whole thing is...
Toward the end of each of these first three open-enrollment Autocross Competition days, there will be a hand-timed competition as part of our exciting **Fastest Laps of the Year championship.
- No experience necessary! This is safe, fast fun, with lots of run-off area
- If you are an experienced autocrosser, you will love this layout – elevation changes, all corner types, and the track is not a sea of cones
- Lime Rock Autocross Competitions are run Rain or Shine
- You do not need a helmet, though you may wear one if you wish
- For the March 22 event, your car cannot exceed 86 decibels. This should not be an issue if you’re running an essentially stock exhaust system
- For the April 9 and June 18 days, you can run un-muffled; there is no db limit for these days
- For food and drink, Lime Rock Catering will have concession stands open
- Restrooms are in the Infield Chalet
- We do not time every lap -- bring your own in-car timing devices if you wish -- but we do time the final sessions for the Fastest Laps of the Year championship (see below)
- Your car must pass a walk-around assessment by the instructors and/or Lime Rock personnel for reasons of safety and appropriateness, including working seatbelts
- You must have a valid drivers license
- The Drivers Meeting and “Chalk Talk” begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. on March 22, and 12:00 noon for the April and June days
- Enter the facility starting at 7:30 a.m. through Lime Rock Park’s Main Entrance, which is 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, 06039
Do not pass up these opportunities to drive your car at the limit!
The cost is $225 (non-refundable) per driver, not per car.
Hints: Empty your interior and trunk of all items that are not strongly secured... arrive with full fuel... Air-up your tires to 45 lbs., then bleed down as necessary... wear comfortable, non-bulky shoes and clothes... we are not snobby about the kind of car you bring, but please present a clean, safe automobile...
**Fastest Lap Run-offs All through the year, we will keep record of the fastest laps set at the end of the day at each open-enrollment Autocross Competition day. We will continually update the year's 20-fastest laps and post the times/drivers on the LRP website. At the end of the year, the final top 20 "Fastest Lappers" will be invited to enter, free of charge, the “Lime Rock Park Autocross Run-offs,” to crown a champion. The prizes will probably be cheap, tchotchke-esk racing trinkets – but you will have earned huge bragging rights!
Keep an eye on emails from Lime Rock Park for further details of the year-end Autocross Run-offs.
In the meantime... Think Fast!
Your Fellow Cone Killers at Lime Rock Park