Sunday in the Park was a record-breaker

Sunday in the Park was a record-breaker

It was a beautiful, sunny “Sunday in the Park” at Lime Rock, where a record-shattering 722 first-class cars were entered into the traditional Vintage Festival car show. Classic cars from the 1900s through pre- and post-war to late models of every kind graced the grounds. The judges – and the fans in attendance – were massively impressed with the quality of the entrants, culminating in the “Best in Show” winner... a perfect 1934 Packard owned by George Dragone. This California car was in its original multi-hued green livery, the beauty of which also inspired its being chosen the winner of the “Ladies Choice” award.

 The last day of the 2009 Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park is Labor Day Monday, filled with races from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. See you there...

 Winners, “Sunday in the Park” Vintage Festival Car Show, September 6, 2009:

 Best in Show
1934 Packard Dual-Cowl V12 Sport Phaeton, George Dragone

 Motorsport Magazine Award
1929 Bentley 6.5-litre, Roger Noble

Class 1, Antique to 1930
1930 Packard, Frank Wismek

Class 2, Veteran: 1930 – 1945
1931 Bentley, Clayton Greene

Class 3, America’s Finest of the 50s
1959 Cadillac, Phil & Sue Lefebvre

Class 4, Sensational 60s
1961 Chrysler 300G, David Shapiro

Class 5, Detroit Delight, 1970-85
1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda, Eric Smith

Class 6, Sports & GT American-style to 1975
1969 Chevy Camaro “COPO,” Michele Clark

Class 7, GT International-style, 1953-69
1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL, Jerry Robinson

Class 8, GT International-style, 1970-85
1972 Citroen SM, Mark Adams

Class 9, International Open Sports, 1948-76
1963 Porsche 356B 2000 GS Coupe, Peter Bartelli

 Class 10, International Open Sports, 1977-85
1980 MGB, Paul Angelico

 Class 11, International Sedans & Coupes, post-war – 1965
1965 Jaguar E-type, Robert Nimkoff

 Class 12, International Sedans & Coupes
1974 BMW 3.0 CS, Duane Sword

 Class 13, Veteran Race Cars
1926 Salmson Grand Prix, Alexis Kirk

 Class 14, “Properly” Vintage race cars, up to 1959
1909 ALCO-6 Racer, Howard Kroplick

 Class 15, “Properly” Vintage Race Cars, 1960-85
1969 Brabham BT29, David Handy

 Class 16, Sports Racers & Specials to 1985
1991 Jaguar XJ40, Mark Hamblin

 Class 17, Early Historic Production-based Race Cars, 1960-72
1967 Porsche 911, Bruce Ellsworth

 Class 18, Late Historic Production-based Race Cars, 1973-85
1978 Lola 298, Joe Blacker

 Class 19, Hot Rod & Custom Road Rockets
1967 Morris Minor Traveller, Jack Deluca

 Class 20, Trucks & Commercial Vehicles
1946 Chevy, Ed Beauchaine

 Class 21, Almost Autos: Trikes, Micro-cars et al.
1953 Moretti 750 Spyder, Michael Schwartz

 Class 22, Marvelous Motorcycles
1941 Indian 4, Roland Houde

 Class 23, The Great Pretenders: Replicas & Others
1965 Cobra Daytona Coupe, Lee Benson & Don Nells

Class 24, Exceptional Original Oldies
1972 Dino GT 246, Lee Barba

 Class 25: The Clubs:

 Aston Martin Clubs
1964 AM DBJ, Andrew Benenson

 Austin-Healey Clubs
1960 Bugeye, Bill & Diane Hare

BMW Clubs
2002t, Larry Schwarz

Citroen Clubs
1978 2CV, Henrietta & Robert Lachman

Lotus Clubs
Lotus Europa (please contact us)

Morgan Clubs
1938 Morgan 4/4 TT, Meleah Artley

Rolls-Royce & Bentley Clubs
1935 20/25 Sedan, M.J. Koly

Shelby Clubs
1965 Shelby Cobra GT 350 (55350), Howard Pardee

Pick of the Paddock
1964 Jaguar E-type, Elaine Ecosse

Late Entry Domestic
1978 Pontiac 15th Anniversary Trans-Am, Don Ogilvie

Late Entry Asian
2004 Subaru WRX, Michelle Tittle

Late Entry European
1964 Porsche 356, Tony Rendano

Mixed Italian Marque
Giulia SS (R.I. plate 2N – 156)

Collector Car Garage
1978 Smokey and the Bandit Firebird Trans-Am, James Napoletano

Visionary Collector Award
The Collier Collection, Naples, Fla., Scott George

Skip Barber Choice
1928 “Flat Rad” Morgan, Robert Couch

 Vic Elford Award
1978 2CV, Henrietta & Robert Lachman

The Worthy Contender
1966 Tatra T-2 603, Ivo Slezak


It Was Truly Vintage Vintage at Lime Rock Park

It Was Truly Vintage Vintage at Lime Rock Park

The fourth and final day of the 27th annual Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park was another blockbuster of racing, 13 races in total accommodating the giant field of more than 270 historic entries. Event Organizer Murray Smith did more demonstration laps in the priceless Mercedes-Benz W154 Silver Arrow GP car, while parade laps at lunchtime for Morgans, Minis and more provided entertaining backdrops. The Go-Go Karting for kids concession was busy dawn to dusk, Vic Elford’s autograph sessions were a major hit, Lime Rock’s hillsides were dappled in color with thousands of picnic blankets, coolers and lawn chairs, and the Swap Meet in the Sunoco Paddock was alive with the ringing of registers.

“We really wanted to give the fans as much as possible during this weekend,” Skip Barber said. “The Collier Collection cars were fabulous, the Midway was a fun and busy place to be – and I really want to thank Mother Nature for her full cooperation this week!”

Murray Smith added, “Lime Rock’s vintage fans are knowledgeable and appreciative, and that’s a big part of what made this weekend so wonderful. Goodness, there were more than 700 cars entered into Sunday’s car show! That should tell you something about the fans here, wouldn’t you say?”

Remember, the VSCCA now uploads its Lime Rock Park race results on the web at Look or search for “2009 Vintage Festival” and you can see all practice, qualifying and race results from today and Monday.

Click here for our photo montage from the weekend.


Vintage Festival Halftime: Two More Days Left

Vintage Festival Halftime: Two More Days Left  

A beautiful Saturday at Lime Rock Park for the Vintage Festival was defined by a big, happy crowd, the history making laps at lunchtime by the Mercedes-Benz W154 Silver Arrow Grand Prix car – there was a constant five-deep crowd around the machine in its paddock compound – a Vic Elford autograph session, go-karting for the kids, jam-packed Car Corrals and Specialty Parking, a tremendous celebration of 100 years of the Morgan Motorcar Company (highlighted by a giant field of Morgans on parade around the track) and, of course, a bunch of terrific afternoon races. The Festival drew more than 270 entries, at least 100 more classic racing cars than last year.

“This is one of the best Vintage Festivals in a while, I have to say” Skip Barber said with a pretty big smile. “The fans look really happy, and that makes me happy.”

Vintage Festival Event Organizer Murray Smith was all smiles, too. Especially since it was he who was allowed the honor of driving the M-B W154 in front of the appreciative fans. Smith, a longtime racer himself, told a local TV affiliate that the W154 “ certainly one of the most spectacular racer cars I’ve had the privilege of putting the stick to.”

Sunday’s weather is expected to be as beautiful as it’s been over the past two days, as a record-breaking number of entries is likely to show up for the “Sunday in the Park” car show. Skip’s goal is to have, for the first time in Festival history, the entire 1.53-mile circuit lined with cars. Car clubs including Rolls-Royce, Morgan, Porsche, Shelby, MG, Corvette, Austin-Healey and BMW have enlisted their forces to bring their choicest specimens, joining the hundreds of individual owners that traditionally enter the show.

On Labor Day Monday, the racing resumes with each of the nine car groups set to go for their second races of the weekend. Everything the fans got today are on hand for Monday, including more demonstration laps of the fabulous Mercedes-Benz W154 GP Silver Arrow and another Vic Elford autograph session.

One more thing, new this year: the VSCCA now uploads its Lime Rock Park race results on the web at Look or search for “2009 Vintage Festival” and you can see all practice, qualifying and race results from the 2009 Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival!


Here's What You Think of the Vintage Festival

Here's What You Think of the Vintage Festival

Well, we promised to put on the website the best one-sentence descriptions of what the Vintage Festival means to our fans. Here’s the problem – too many good ones!

So we’ve uploaded as many as we could in the time allowed...

Read on!

The Staff at Lime Rock Park

1. Labor Day at Lime Rock for the Vintage Races is a tradition that can only be described as the “Tanglewood of Racing!” Joanna Aversa, Collinsville, Conn.

2. Lime Rock Park is a hidden gem. Wayne Jay Zimmerman, Cyberspace

3. The Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park is Woodstock with bathrooms and water, a trip. Henry C. Nagel, Hulmeville, Pa.

4. Terrific old race cars on a race track – what more could you want? Anthony David, Chalfont, Pa.

5. Awesome! Phil K., New York, N.Y.

6. I love to just sit on the hillside and breathe it all in... Lorenzo Bandini, Basking Ridge, N.J.

7. Yesterday’s racing dreams and today’s motoring memories are the essence of
Lime Rock's Vintage Festival. Rob Hermann, Liverpool, N.Y.

8. Lime Rock Vintage Festival is like a transfusion of past pleasant memories and a rush of current happiness. Bob Burns, Simsbury, Conn.

9. The coolest cars and people on the planet are at the Lime Rock Park Vintage Racing and Historic Car Festival. Stephen J. L. Page, Dallas, Texas.

10. To see, to hear, once again and maybe forever, these fabulous racing machines being driven around Lime Rock is the true essence of racing history. Andy Smith, Torrington, Conn.

11. The Vintage Fall Festival epitomizes the bond that enthusiasts share of the unbridled passion for motorsport. Kevin Sweeney, Stamford, Conn.

12. Vintage racing at Lime Rock is a special chance to experience the thrilling sights and sounds of a bygone era that I wish I could have lived through, but which was sadly over before I was even born. Bradley Price, Brooklyn, N.Y.

13. Vintage cars, vintage friends; an annual tradition. Jim Garfield, Wakefield, R.I.

14. The sights, smells and sounds of auto racing's history are alive and well at the Lime Rock Vintage Festival! Pat Daly, New York, N.Y.

15. VintageFest is like going to see a Hall of Famers baseball game – only these 80-year-olds haven't aged. Brian Hanley, Cyberspace

16. We come to the Lime Rock Vintage Fall Festival to re-kindle memories from our younger years when we saw these cars race, when we surrendered our imaginations to the magazines of the day, when we dreamed of taking the wheel, when our fertile minds convinced us of our prowess as drivers if we only had the chance; for it's the stark beauty of these cars, both in their lines and their sounds that scoops us up from today and deposits us for a few wonderful moments into the nether world of these time machines. Sam Posey move over! Steve Fog (channeling William Faulkner; Ed.), New Canaan, Conn.

17. The annual Vintage Fall Festival is not only a reminder of the history of automobile racing over the years, but a great reminder of how Lime Rock Park has continued the sounds, feeling, joys and smells of racing for all of us. Peter R. Stricker, West Caldwell, N.J.

18. Great vintage race cars and a great place to see them, the Vintage Fall Festival at Lime Rock Park. Steve D'Andrea, Cranston, R.I.

19. Lime Rock Park sustains an atmosphere that represents sportsmanship at its best – friendly, accessible, highly competitive and passionate; I never miss this weekend. Vaughan Wiles, Pine Island, N.Y.

20. Years ago (probably so many now) there was a silver haired veteran who drove a Bugatti Type 35 that was very nicely not restored, and I remember him doing four wheel drifts almost all around the circuit (year after year) with the colored leaves as a background – heroic – and he may no longer be among us, I am afraid, but every time I think Fall Festival, I think of his spirited behavior at the wheel. Hillman, Cyberspace

21. I've been coming to the Festival since its first or second year and to me it’s the Pebble Beach weekend for those of us on the East Coast. Marc Mankuta, Dix Hills, N.Y.

22. The Lime Rock Vintage Festival has always been an amazing event where my father (Al Aston), brother (Bryce Aston) and I get to show off our Corvairs and meet up with special friends from years past and always make new ones. Brett Aston, Hebron, Conn.

23. England has the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the West Coast has the Monterey Historics, and the East Coast has Lime Rock's Vintage Festival; all three are “must see” events for real motoring enthusiasts (and I have been to all 3). Duane Sword, Boston, Mass.

24. Lime Rock is the epitome of what car racing should be; great cars, great drivers, appreciative fans and one of the world’s greatest car venues. Rob Salinger, Cyberspace

25. Historic racecars + historic racetrack = one historic weekend! Rich Chmielewski
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

26. Because old cars are cool. Kevin Wickless, Norwich, Conn.

27. A time warp back to the '50s, where you can get up close and personal with mechanics, drivers, and cars – and I especially love being close to the cars and seeing how they are made (none of this roped-off stuff!). Duane Walzer, Medway, Mass.

28. Lime Rock Park's Fall Vintage has become a family tradition for us for the past 10 years! The McKeough's, Stanfordville, N.Y.

29. The Lime Rock Vintage Festival takes me back, now exactly 50 years, when I experienced these cars in their youth. Richard Walter, Fair Haven, N.J.

30. For the first-timer as well as the seasoned spectator, this event will surely get everyone’s heart racing! Malcolm Bell, Hampton Falls, N.H.

31. You are watching the history of the automobile, raced in front of you. Kurt A. Dolnier, Watertown, Conn.

32. It's the event near the equinox that brings me closer to my solstice. Chris Zizzo, The Zen Den

33. The ultimate race trip back in time. Kim L. Graver, Millersville, Pa.

34. Lime Rock Park is Shangri-La for the motor racing enthusiast, a portal to a place suspended in time where the sights, sounds and smells of our glorious motoring past live again. Tony Rapuano, Wallingford, Conn.

35. The Lime Rock Vintage Festival takes me back to when I was young and the sound of a race car first thrilled me. Joe Dufresne, Holden, Mass.

36. Being 90 years old (this past August 1st), I've been to Giant’s Despair, Watkins Glen, Bridgehampton, Indy, Langhorne, Pa., and Trenton, N.J., plus Thompson Speedway, but, I must say... Lime Rock is still me favorite! Bob Chamberlin, Glen Ridge, N.J.

37. Going back in time at warp speed. Tom McNemar, Milford, Conn.

38. The Vintage Festival is to a car guy what Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory is to a kid. Craig Barry, Uxbridge, Mass.

39. The ability to see and hear some of the great race cars, and remember their drivers; a history in full sight and smell that time has forgotten. Kevin Santana, Martinsburg, W.Va.

40. The passion for unique cars and timeless vintage racing never dies; long live LRP. Aaron Johnson, Newtown, Conn.

41. Lime Rock's Vintage Festival is history in motion, preserved for the future. Gary Smith, Oxford, Conn.

42. Four days of automotive history, endless hours of engine's deafening roars and screams echoing in the valley, flashing colors and chrome change with the light, the sun rising over Big Bend and setting past the Back Straight; the smell of hot oil, brakes and tires pungent in my nose, the perfect start of fall: Lime Rock's Vintage Festival. Dan Kunhardt, Greenfield, Mass.

43. The Vintage Festival combines historic cars that really race, an open paddock, cool automobile memorabilia, rare car parts at the swap meet, thousands of car enthusiasts, impromptu car corrals with rare drive-in beauties, camping under the stars, good friends, good food and drink... one awesome time. What else does a car nut need? Steve Kirkup, North Stonington, Conn.

44. The Lime Rock Vintage Festival means fall is here... and the fall is the very best time to be in New England! George Wright, Cyberspace

45. The Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival is a truly timeless and glorious weekend. Richard Miller, Clinton, N.J.

46. A blast from the past, sitting on the grass, watching every car trying to pass! Rick Raff, Bedford, N.H.

47. Lime Rock’s Vintage Festival provides the enthusiast with the most dynamic competition of the season while also delivering a priceless education in motor racing history. Rick Raducha, New Britain, Conn.

48. A place where I have spent a lot of time over the years. Diane, New Jersey

49. Classic cars on a classic track = a classic event. Gene Kowalski, Fairfield, N.J.

50. Your Vintage Festival mixes the cars and sounds from my youth with a modern day excitement of live races! We wouldn't miss it for the world! Kathy Rotsky, Somerset, Mass.

51. The Lime Rock Vintage Festival is the perfect way to end the summer and start the wait for the leaves to fall! Kurt Zwick, Cyberspace

52. The ideal vantage for vintage. John Rzasa, Berlin, N.J.

53. It's the largest classroom on the historical evolution of motorsports. Gino Evangelista, Wakefield, Mass.

54. The ultimate nostalgia weekend! Wendy Jean Wilton, Rocky Hill, Conn.

55. It's even better than the first time! (This is from someone who came as a little kid when the track opened in 1957, and who has raced here many times in later years.) John Langermann, Cambridge, Mass.

56.  The perfect end to summer's delights, that is the Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park. Phil Immohr, New Milford, Conn.

57. Celebrating incredibly comely collectible classic cars with the camaraderie and company of crusty curmudgeons. Peter Lihatsh, Sharon, Vt.

58. Racing history at a historical track, a true must for any race fan. Eric Blum, Fairfield, Conn.

59. The perfect way to end the summer. Aaron Rogers-Hancock, Valatie, N.Y.

60. A wonderful automotive culmination of the summer with a four-day celebration of racing personalities, classic cars, their capabilities and their owners at one of America's first and original road racing tracks. Jeff Burnett, Warren, Vt.

61. A blast from the past! Mike Maurice, Trumbull, Conn.

62. The humbling experience of being able to reach out and touch one of Juan Manuel Fangio's cars. Dean O'Brien, West Hartford, Conn.

63. An event that truly showcases what historical racing is all about and where the rubber really hits the road! Lisa Parker Musante, Coventry, Conn.

64. Classic. Gee Dub, Long Island, N.Y.

65. The Lime Rock Vintage festival is really cool because my Dad races in it! (And well... maybe the cars are ok, too.) Kelly Gleason, Danbury, Conn.

66. Vintage weekend at Lime Rock is like a classical ballet of beauty and grace with a roar of sweet music to the ears. Mike Salvatore, Southbury, Conn.

67. Vintage Weekend at Lime Rock: A racing time capsule of classic, memorable and priceless generations of automobiles and family fun. Kathy Shea, West Haven, Conn.

68. Lime Rock's Vintage Festival is where automotive time machines turn back the clock.

Joe Wall, Milford, Conn.

69. Beautiful cars in a beautiful setting. Scott Simchock, Cyberspace

70. My favorite place to be, I’ve been going to the Vintage Fest for more than 20 years now, and can’t wait till the next one as I drive over the bridge to leave. Jason Venne, St. Mary’s, Pa.

71. First visit, I was 4, Dad had a 1960s Triumph Spitfire; he is gone, but his memory lives on at Lime Rock – keep your eye out for his red Spitfire convertible. Dave Zucco, Canaan, Conn.

72. An event in our lives that is awaited with the same enthusiasm as the Fourth of July or Christmas Eve; a time to recall memories of days of old and make new memories as well. F.X. Mishew, Cyberspace

73. Representin’ the Big Apple... Manhattan-area MINI Motorers love Lime Rock Park! James Lamdin, New York, N.Y.

74. The Vintage Festival provides a vivid retrospective lens to view the glorious days of my youth, from Bugattis and Fiat-Abarths to Birdcage Maseratis and Porsche Spyders! Robert L. Schmidt, Cyberspace

75. It is the privilege of seeing historic race cars and to speak with legendary drivers in a setting that only nature could build. Paul D. Hmiel, East Greenbush, N.Y.

76. Bless all of you for maintaining its original beauty and purpose. Arnie Friedlander, Ridgefield, Conn.

77. I've been coming to LRP for all 35 of my years, with family, friends and PCA., and Lime Rock’s Vintage Festival is a celebration of history’s greatest offerings to the gods of speed! Peter Baldauf, Suffield, Conn.

78. It is the most fun you can have with your pants on! Gary Mayer, Niantic, Conn.

79. Sunday in the park... with motorsports memories. George Hing, Boiling Springs, Pa.

80. Beautiful cars competing in an exciting race, all in a gorgeous setting. Nick Minglis, Cyberspace

81. History, passion and speed: meet your marque at Lime Rock Park! Chris McCormick, Cyberspace

82. The trip to the Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park is the past that you want to remember.  Jay Kennedy, Camp Hill, Pa.

83. Lime Rock is where you get to indulge your passion for sports car and racing while passing it on to your children. John Naitove, Cyberspace

84. Old men having fun with old cars they could not afford when they where young men! Ed Musil, Cyberspace

85. The Lime Rock Vintage Festival is California “car” dreaming – Monterey within driving distance of my home. Gib Battisti, Pennsylvania

86. Whether your love of cars has been a long-term commitment or a budding love affair, Lime Rock Park is simply the best place to be on Labor Day weekend. Desiree Faulkner, New Hartford, Conn.

87. A vintage vantage to cure chronic car disorder! Brian and Nancy Forman, Philadelphia, Pa.


Lime Rock Park Fan Alert!

Lime Rock Park Fan Alert!

In the run-up to the upcoming Sept. 4-7 Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival, there was a very rare motorsport occurrence yesterday – and it was recorded on video...

Video footage of the rare Mercedes-Benz W154 Silver Arrow lapping a race track for the first time since the start of WWII...

Thanks to SCCA driver and corner marshal John Godfrey, the historic event of the last W154 ever built being driven at Lime Rock Park – the first time it’s done so since it finished second at the Belgrade Grand Prix, virtually moments after the start of WWII – was recorded on video

Godfrey has graciously hosted the video for all to see.

Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival organizer Murray Smith was the driver.

Please click on the following link to see what few eyes have gazed upon until now... and what you can see live this weekend at Lime Rock Park.