The blipshift.com Lime Rock Park “crowd-sourced” t-shirt design contest: We have a winner!
There were almost 90 entries, some amazing artwork – you guys made it really hard for the judges – and a lot of great ideas. We just think it’s so cool that a Lime Rock fan has designed a shirt that the whole world can buy.
First Place: "Since 1957," by Simon Paul (above)
Here’s Simon’s creative inspiration: “When you're here, you're trying to squeeze out every last drop of talent you've got. Like Paul Newman used to say, "When life gives you limes, make the apex." Or something like that. We may have misheard him. He was going pretty fast and we were sitting up on the hill...”
About the Artist, Simon Paul
Simon Paul is a user-interface designer and photography hobbyist. He has a background in industrial design and has had a passion for drawing since he was three years old. Simon is actively engaged in the design community and frequents local IDSA and IxDA events. He’s obsessed with always improving the user experience through research and user feedback. When he’s not designing websites, Simon is wrenching on cars or taking photos at local autocross events.
As the grand prize winner, he earned a Skip Barber One-Day Racing School. Congratulations, Simon.
The blipshift people originally intended to recognize two runners-up, each of whom would earn a $500 Gift Certificate to the Skip Barber Racing School. But Skip Barber and Sam Posey, the final judges, lobbied us hard to provide one more Racing School prize than was originally announced – hey, Skip’s the Boss and Sam’s the Legend – so we didn’t say “no.”
Here are all three runners-up...
Second Place: "State of Speed Seal," by Joe Clark
Replace the outline of Connecticut with the LRP track map, add the word “Fast” in front of “Transportation,” and you’ve got our second place finisher.
Third Place: "National Treasure," by Benjamin Duell
We’re going to re-work the graphic a bit; the concept is great...
Fourth Place: "Lime Rock Park as the Track," by Andrew Barca
Anybody remember the made-for-TV pop rock band The Monkees? Or the cover of the Beatles “Rubber Soul” album? That's what we were reminded of when this design hit the scene, man. It's groovy...
“Thanks!” to everyone who submitted designs to Blipshift’s Lime Rock tee shirt contest.
Hint: Keep an eye on Lime Rock’s online merchandise store. Just sayin'...
Lime Rock's video ace Jim Perry shot and edited some of the fun everybody had getting Camaro Z/28 hot laps from NASCAR star Jeff Gordon as part of the AARP Drive to End Hunger fundraiser this past Thursday. Great stuff, take a look!
No matter how good of a race car driver you are, you don't just blast out on to a track you haven't driven before. You get coaching first: the line, references, braking points, turn-ins, the tricky nuances, etc. Simon Kirkby, the director and head coach of the Lime Rock Drivers Club, was Jeff Gordon's coach. Simon spent about 15 minutes with Gordon before the official hot laps began, and he did what he does best: get drivers up to speed quickly and confidently. Don't get us wrong; Simon wasn't going to show Gordon how to do anything -- just where to do it. It was two very good drivers talking the talk and being sympatico. It was cool. And a fun time was had by all...
The Lime Rock Drivers Club is the track’s private membership group for enthusiasts to fully enjoy, on a world-famous and historic race track, the cars they normally drive on the street. But anyone can experience a “test drive” of the Lime Rock Drivers Club.
The following story is one enthusiast’s recounting of his LRDC “Track Day.” It originally appeared in Challenge magazine, the official publication of the Connecticut Valley Region of the Porsche Club of America. It’s a great read, enjoy...
“I Test-Drove the Lime Rock Drivers Club”
By Jim Adelman
For a track junkie, what could be better than spending an entire day driving cars on a race track? How about spending an entire day driving cars on track being coached by a professional driving instructor?
The PCA’s Connecticut Valley Region concours is an impressive event. But it was really special when my name was called as the winner in a raffle for a Lime Rock Drivers Club Track Day ($1,250). As I deliberated about what to do with my prize, not fully understanding what was being offered, I received a call from Jeanette Veitenheimer, executive administrator for the LRDC. She explained exactly what I was lucky enough to have won, making it all sound very appealing, emphasizing, “You’re going to have a great time!”
So I chose an available day and signed up.
My perception of the Lime Rock Drivers Club had been vague at best. I’ve watched “the others” driving during alternate hours at several CVR Driver Education events and was often curious as to what they were trying to accomplish. There would be a variety of cars driving around the track relatively alone and frequently coming in and out of pit lane. Being a guest of the Club could be enlightening. Besides, I always had an itch to park my car in their reserved paddock area!
From the moment I arrived at the track, Jeanette and the Club team made every effort to make me feel welcome and comfortable, starting with a catered continental breakfast at the Drivers Club Chalet on the hill. After signing a standard waiver, I reviewed how my day would be spent with Simon Kirkby, the Lime Rock Drivers Club Director.
The plan was simple: use the track time and professional coaching to improve my driving.
Simon “The Brit” was my pro driving instructor throughout the day, and he was by far the best “treat” for me. He’s a very experienced race car driver, spanning everything from rallying to the fiercest European open-wheel competition. We rode together for a track orientation, then he checked me out in the Club’s BMW M3 – my first time driving spiritedly with paddle shifters, and a challenge to get used to. After several bouts of inadvertently flashing the headlights and turning on the windshield washers, I settled into following Simon’s expert coaching.
Simon Kirkby (l.) with a Track Day customer
Four hours of track time made it comfortable and easy to run several laps, pit to discuss what we were working on, then go out and try it all again. The format was always laid back, with lots of time to review what we were attempting to achieve.
Simon occasionally switched seats to demonstrate a point. Obviously, he was capable of driving well above my pace but settled at a speed to which I could relate.
The variety of cars, sportsmanship and skill level of the Club drivers were impressive. The Club Members were all enthusiastic about their cars and most importantly, they were there to have fun and mainly work on improving their driving skills. Just like me!
Following a delicious buffet lunch in the Chalet, prepared by the track’s in-house catering division, we took to the track again to refine what I had been working on all morning. At that point, Simon encouraged me to apply the lessons learned in the M3 while driving my own track car. Naturally more comfortable in my own car, it all started to come together. Simon joined me right-seat as we practiced the earlier routine: drive several laps, pit to discuss, and then back on the track to try it again.
At one point Simon drove my car for a few laps to demonstrate something I needed to see and feel. Wow! It was a real eye opener to experience my car’s potential. I could only imagine how quick he would be with more time in my car. For anyone delusional enough to think that you’re driving your car to its limits, give yourself a treat – and a reality check – by having a pro like Simon drive your car on a track. The exercise is enlightening, educational and humbling when you witness the car’s capability in really talented hands.
The best lesson learned is that improving the car to increase performance is secondary to improving the driver.
When our time on track was over, we returned to the Chalet to relax, have some refreshments, and chat about the day... very civilized, indeed. Even with all the track time, my day flew by, definitely an adrenalin rush. I didn’t realize how exhausted I was until the drive home, sometimes thinking of Jeanette’s promise, “You’re going to have a great time.”
Actually, I had a fabulous time.
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