Racing to End Senior Hunger: Meal Pack Event Was Major Success

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AARP "Drive to End Hunger" Meal Pack Event was a major success  

On Saturday, July 5, 266 volunteers from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York came to Lime Rock Park and packed 24,000 “primary meal” food boxes for area senior citizens in need. The effort was the kick-off event for the track’s 2014 charity partnership with the AARP’s “Drive to End Hunger” campaign, spearheaded by NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, who’s scheduled to be at Lime Rock Park in September for a big fundraising day.

The meals will be distributed by Connecticut Food Bank to those in need in Northwest Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and Dutchess County, New York.

Track President Skip Barber said, “I can’t think of a larger, more important effort for the local community Lime Rock Park has ever organized in its 58 years. I am so proud of all the people who contributed their time to make this such a huge success.”

* Sharon’s “Harlem Line” band provided a wonderful energy to keep the assembly line rockin’ and a rollin’ during the three hour effort

* Terrific performers from the TriArts Sharon Playhouse entertained both the AARP volunteers and the thousands of spectators on-hand for the Salisbury Rotary Club Independence Day Fireworks show

Photos: Click here for a great album of photos taken by Lime Rock Park photographers Greg Clark and Casey Keil

More photos at "Drive to End Hunger" Facebook page

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Check back at for updates on this season’s activities with Drive to End Hunger. To learn more, please visit or follow @Drive2EndHunger on Twitter.


Phoenix Lands in Very Safe Hands

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Thanks to the concerted efforts of Wayne Carini (Velocity’s “Chasing Classic Cars”), journalist Don Klein, and the Fitch Family, the late John Fitch’s pride and joy – the one and only Fitch Phoenix -- went to the Bonham’s auction at the Greenwich Concours Sunday, June 1.

Given appropriate display space just feet from the auction stage, the Phoenix was the center of attention. After bidders went back and forth, at 2:42 p.m. the gavel came down on its sale to Mr. Charles Mallory of Greenwich, Conn.

A collector with eclectic tastes, Mr. Mallory was not there to simply add to his stable: “This was by far my most emotional purchase,” Mallory said shortly afterward. “I loved John, I love Lime Rock, I really feel the Phoenix belongs in Connecticut. I’m very happy for not just me, but everyone who understands what this is about.”

The Phoenix went for $230,000 (137,278 British pounds, 168,665 Euros).

The Phoenix, a two-seater sports cars based on the Chevrolet Corvair, was to be the first of a limited run of 500 and was designed and built by Fitch. With a total weight of 1,950 pounds even with a steel body, and with the Corvair engine modified with Weber carburetors to deliver 175 hp, the car was to deliver spirited performance for $8,760.

But the American automotive landscape changed drastically in 1966 with the passage of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, which made the production of any car outside the realm of the major manufacturers simply financially untenable. Not another Phoenix was ever made.

(For links to more details on Fitch’s Phoenix, click here and here. Three photos from the Greenwich Concours Bonham's auction below.)

From the late 60s onward, the Phoenix was Fitch’s favorite car to drive. Right up to the point not long before his passing in October of 2012, one could count on Fitch driving the car from his nearby home to Lime Rock Park, where his and the car’s presence were always eagerly anticipated.

Needless to say, Mr. Mallory has a standing invitation to bring the Phoenix to Lime Rock Park any time he wishes...

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Moments before the bidding was to begin...

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The gavel comes down...

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Journalist Don Klein (l.), who's driven the Phoenix many times, provides some anecdotal background to Charles Mallory (r.), who most assuredly has the car in his safe, respectful hands...

P.S.: Look for a "Chasing Classic Cars" episode covering the Phoenix and the auction this fall on the Velocity Channel


News: Lime Rock, Jeff Gordon and AARP Foundation

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Lime Rock Park Joins Drive to End Hunger, Names AARP Foundation its 2014 Charity
NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, AARP Foundation and Lime Rock together help the fight against older adult hunger...

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (April 2) – Lime Rock Park today announced its selection of AARP Foundation to be its 2014 official charity to support Drive to End Hunger, a multi-year initiative to fight the risk of hunger for Americans age 50+.  

Nearly 9 million Americans age 50+ are at risk for hunger every day – a 79 percent increase in just 10 years. Drive to End Hunger is AARP Foundation’s multi-pronged approach to solve this problem; it works to combat hunger among people 50 and older through raising awareness – especially through its relationship with Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports – as well as building philanthropic support and developing long-term, sustainable solutions.

Lime Rock Park President Skip Barber announced “a very ambitious, yet reachable goal” of raising $96,000 – $24,000 for each of Gordon’s four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. In the coming weeks, Lime Rock Park and AARP Foundation will release information on exciting events and opportunities for Lime Rock fans to get involved and help reach the goal.

(Note: Lime Rock Park will establish a "Drive to End Hunger" donation portal on within the next 10 days.)

“Too many Americans struggle to put food on the table every day across the country and right here in Lime Rock Park’s tri-state community,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation president. “We are proud and honored to be working with Lime Rock Park for the 2014 season and will keep working to achieve the real possibility of giving people the freedom from worrying about where their next meal might come from.”

“In a country as great as ours, no older person should go hungry. That’s why I’m working with AARP Foundation, because this is a problem we can solve,” Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, says. “While I haven’t been to Lime Rock Park yet, I’m sure their fans and that community will join me in supporting this great cause. I’m very excited about this partnership and what our combined efforts can do to help those in need.”

Barber said, “Jeff and the Drive to End Hunger team have been fantastic to work with. We’re really looking forward to launching this effort. Did you know he’s one of my ‘star pupils’? In 1990, already a sprint car star in the Midwest, Jeff did the Skip Barber Three Day School at Road America. The three instructors all told me that Jeff was humble, attentive – and instantly lightning quick. They had never seen anyone so precise, so able to take feedback and immediately and repeatedly apply it.

“Well, now it’s our turn to be fast for him. I want to reach Lime Rock’s goal before the year is out.”

Check back at for updates on this season’s exciting activities with its fundraising campaign for Drive to End Hunger.


Note: Mr. Skip Barber has not owned and operated the Skip Barber Racing School since 2000.

About AARP Foundation 
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at



Guess Who's Coming to the Historic Festival?



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Historic Festival 32 Gathers Big ‘Heads’ of Steam

Guess who and what are coming to the Festival?

Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 32 – Friday, August 29 through Labor Day Monday, September 1 – will see Stirling Moss and wife Lady Susie are reprising their popular 2012 Festival visit and will be this year’s Honored Guests.

In addition, world renowned designer Ralph Lauren has accepted the Festival's invitation to be its Honored Collector for the Sunday in the Park Concours. (We will have a Shirt Police Patrol: You won’t be allowed into Lime Rock with a shirt that doesn’t have a polo player on it...)

Festival Chairman Murray Smith confirmed that Lauren would show a small group of cars from his magnificent collection which will reflect his superlative automotive taste and provide a very rare opportunity for enthusiasts to appreciate some extremely special cars that are rarely, if ever, seen in public.

“Ralph’s cars are simply fabulous and we are pleased to announce his desire to show some of them, uniquely, at Lime Rock Park,” Smith said.

Regarding Moss, Smith said, “It is no exaggeration to say that Sir Stirling and Susie immensely enjoyed their visit to Lime Rock Park two years ago and, well, he asked me if we would like them to come again. Of course, I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.”

Sir Stirling will drive demonstration laps Friday, Saturday and Monday in cars of particular import to his racing career, including the strong likelihood of the appearance of his 1953 Sebring 12 Hour-winning OSCA MT-4b, entered by Briggs Cunningham. Autograph sessions will be scheduled, too.

Another thing we’re doing, different from other race tracks... While Maserati is celebrating its 100th anniversary at various venues in 2014, Lime Rock will instead devote attention to the cars of the Maserati Brothers after they left their eponymous firm... OSCA. Little jewels which, driven by notables such as Giulio Cabianca, achieved extraordinary results. The Festival will also honor the notable engineer Carlo Abarth together with a large group of the cars he designed and campaigned at Cisitalia and Abarth. Reaction from enthusiastic owners of these delightful cars has been tremendous and Chairman Smith expects a record-breaking group of these cars racing and on show at “Sunday in the Park,” the Concours d'Elegance integral to each year’s Historic Festival.

Racing entries and Sunday in the Park Concours applications are flowing in, so it’s looking like another huge field of racing cars and show cars for Historic Festival 32 and Sunday in the Park. (Smith advises interested drivers and car owners to “navigate your way to as soon as possible so as to not be shut out.”)

You can buy Historic Festival 32 tickets now;
click here for ticket information.

Tally Ho!

Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 32, Sunday in the Park Concours and Gathering of the Marques begins Thursday, August 28 with the Vintage & Historic Race- and Sports Car Parade (a 150-car, 17-mile rally from the track to the Falls Village Street Fair), then 300+ historic race cars compete on-track Friday, Saturday and Monday. On Sunday, August 31, 250 concours vehicles join 700+ collector cars for Sunday in the Park and Gathering of the Marques. Concours and racing entrants are encouraged to visit for applications and information.


A Call to [Volunteer] Arms!












Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you’re interested.

Okay, who wants to raise their hand and be a volunteer staffer at Lime Rock Park during our big spectator weekends?

Would you like to join Lime Rock’s “The Esses Club Station Staff”?

From parking cars, manning access points, checking-in campers or assisting with loading in race teams, the Station Staff are involved with a wide range of guest services and facility endeavors. Station Staff enjoy an all-access approach to Lime Rock Park, and get to work hand in hand with track management – not to mention meeting a star driver now and again.

When you join you become an important part of every event. It takes an entire squad to execute the events at Lime Rock and we welcome your help, knowledge and positive attitude!

By joining the Esses Club, you’ll find it’s a fun, exciting and “insider” way to meet people from all over the world, people who share the same passion for racing as you.

The annual Esses Club Spring Kick-Off Meeting is Saturday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m., here at the track.

We’re inviting you to come and learn more about this opportunity and the benefits involved. You can meet the staff and enjoy some yummy pot-luck food.

And if you decide joining the Esses Club is not for you, that’s fine. At least you got a great free meal, right?

Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you’re interested.

Please write a sentence or two about yourself and why you’re interested in getting involved. Include your street address and some phone numbers.

We’ll send you details about coming to the Esses Club Spring Kick-off Meeting, where we’ll answer your questions and feed your face!

Everyone at Lime Rock Park