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Royals' Garage Car Show Winners


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The Third Annual Royals’ Garage Sunday Car Show benefitting the Lakeville Hose Co. saw its best collection yet of an incredibly wide variety of vehicles, from rare antiques to brand new – and already modified – Camaros and Mustangs. It was cool to see a European-only Citroen CX sitting fender to fender with a Stutz. Beetles sharing tarmac with Toronados. Nomads nuzzling NSXs, Cobras looking askance at arch-rival Vettes while dignified Jaguars made friends with crouching Cougars.

“Vehicles” was a deliberate choice of words, because the show was not just about cars... pick-ups, delivery trucks, even a soapbox derby car fitted with a two-stroke were in the field on Lime Rock Park’s 2,200-foot front straight, where every car – um, vehicle! – had its own space to become a star under patriotic red-and-white banners snapping sharply against blue skies.

Despite the very difficult task of picking the “best” cars in each year’s show – there are so many worthy entrants – at some point the bullet must be bit and champions recognized. The Royals’ Garage Sunday Car Show awards four trophies each year: Skip’s Selection, The Royals’ Crown, Firemen’s Favorite and The People’s Pick.

The first winner to cross Lime Rock’s finish line was to receive the Skip’s Selection trophy... a perfect 1927 Seagrave Suburbanite fire truck, owned by the J.H. Ketchum Hose Company of Dover Plains, N.Y. Ketchum Hose has owned the fire truck since new. “The attention to detail was mesmerizing,” Skip said. “A gorgeous truck.”

Next up was the Royals’ Crown winner, chosen by the Royals family, headed by Glenn and his brothers: an ex-NASCAR Daytona beach racer – and we mean lower case beach, as in sand and surf. Russ Truelove of Waterbury not only owns the 1956 Mercury Monterey, he was the one who raced it when Daytona’s track was speeding north up the sand then south down Route A1. Ninety year old Russ all smiles as he was handed his trophy.

The Firemen’s Favorite award went to a car that can certainly light up the rears – a black 1940 “all-steel” Willys Coupe cradling a 426 Hemi supercharged with an 8-71 blower. The crowd was aching for owner Mike Dragan of Litchfield to drop the hammer and shake the hills... but there was too much of a crowd to do it safely,. So... maybe some other time, Mike!

Last but not least was the award for The People’s Pick. Showgoers and even other entrants filled out a ballot to vote for their favorite vehicle in the show. When Victoria Royals – she’s the pretty trophy presenter in the photos – finished the tallying-up, the winner was a muscular 1979 Pontiac Trans-Am in a beautiful dark blue. Entered by Connor, Aiden and “Dad” Bartholomew of Southbury, Conn., the Trans-Am perfectly embodied the spirit of the show; real cars owned by real people.

I hope I’ve painted a bit of a picture for you of the third annual Royals’ Car Show at Lime Rock Park, but if I haven’t, you can count on the track’s stellar photographers, Greg Clark and Casey Keil, to do the job.

Click here and you’ll see what I mean.

-Rick Roso
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Ferrari Challenge at LRP July 20, 2013

   One word is all you need... Ferrari!  Want to see fantastic Ferrari Challenge videos? Click here! Videos produced by Ben Menniges/P! Productions.

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Historic F1 Cars Here for HF30

Will Sir Stirling be tempted to cadge a ride?

       Lime Rock Park’s annual Labor Day weekend vintage racing event will feature for the first time a special Formula 1 race group. Historic Grand Prix (HGP), a vintage racing organization that showcases the spectacular 3-litre era of F1 – the cars from 1966 through 1983 – will race both Saturday and Monday as part of Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 30, Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3.

Historic Festival 30’s honored guest is Sir Stirling Moss, one of Grand Prix racing’s biggest stars. As HGP organizer James King says, “That should give our drivers an extra-special incentive to put on their best show!”

(Although Sir Stirling officially retired from racing just last year – he’d been racing in vintage events all over the world since he quit the professional cockpit in the early 1960s – he may find it hard to resist having a go in one of these HGP F1 cars.)

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Bud Moeller, an HGP owner and driver of an ex-Gilles Villeneuve 1979 Ferrari 312 T5, said, “Flying around Lime Rock in an F1 car is like being at a go-kart track on steroids.”

Since 2000, HGP has staged races throughout North America including support of the Canadian and United States Grands Prix as well as premier historic race meetings.

Since 1983, the East Coast’s premier vintage racing event has been the Historic Festival and its companion Sunday in the Park Concours (Sept. 2). Historic Festival 30 will see more than 300 vintage race cars in the paddock (including the F1 cars) between sessions, Sir Stirling Moss will be on hand all weekend – as will some of the cars Moss drove to his more famous wins – and the racing on the track is non-stop from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Monday.

For more information on HGP, visit historicgrandprix.com. 

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A Rock on a Roll Gathers a Moss

“Yes, Sir!”     

Do you recognize this driver?   

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If so, then you know how cool it is that we just confirmed this morning that one of motorsport’s most beloved icons, a man many consider the world’s best-ever race driver, will be the honored guest at this year’s Labor Day weekend vintage racing extravaganza.

Sir Stirling Moss, the legendary British driver, will be at Lime Rock Park August 31 – September 3, 2012, for Historic Festival 30.

Sir Stirling will speak and take questions at the Friday evening Participant’s Gala, and will be available at various times throughout the weekend for spectator meet-and-greets as well as one-on-one media interviews. He’s to join the judging ranks for the “Sunday in the Park” Concours, and plans are afoot to bring, for display and demo laps, examples of the cars with which he won several of the world’s greatest races.

While Moss never won the Formula One World Championship, finishing second several times, he was, in the minds of most qualified observers, the most talented all-rounder of all time. Moss won races in Formula One, sports cars, touring cars, road races and rallies. Among his more famous victories are the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Alpine Rally, the Tourist Trophy, the Sebring 12 hours and the German Grand Prix.

Moss drove for Jaguar, Vanwall, Cooper, BRM, Maserati, Aston Martin, Porsche... and made occasional appearances in Ferraris. Did you know that he won 57% of all the races he entered in his career?

Amongst his peers – drivers such as Gurney, Brooks, Fangio, Hill, Salvadori and Shelby – he was known as absolutely the man to beat. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to and achievements in motor racing, Sir Stirling will be present throughout the Historic Festival weekend, including hosting autograph sessions. A parade of some of the cars in which he achieved his greatest victories will be staged.

Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear one of the real legends of motorsport.

Historic Festival 30: Friday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 3 (Sunday in the Park Concours, Sept. 2)

300+ vintage race cars on-track Friday, Saturday and Monday, and 500+ cars for the Sunday in the Park Concours & Gathering of the Clubs. Tickets available online at www.limerock.com, or by phone at 860.435.5000

Stirling Stuff You Might Not Know...

Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss
Born: Sept. 17, 1929
O.B.E: 1959
Knighted: 2000

Stirling's mother's family name of Craufurd can be traced back to William Wallace, whose mother was also a Craufurd.

OVERALL CAREER STATS
Racing Career, 1948 – 1962:
Races Entered: 527
Races Finished: 375
Race Wins: 212
Percentage of wins (to finishes): 56.53%

First Race Win: July 4, 1948, Brough Aerodrome, U.K., Cooper JAP 500cc
Last Race Win: February 4, 1962, 100-mile race, Warwick Farm, Australia, Cooper-Climax 2700cc

FORMULA 1 CAREER STATS
F1 Career, 1951 – 1961:
Races: 66
Grand Prix Wins: 16
Podium Finishes: 24
Career GP Points: 185
Pole Positions: 16
Teams: Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Vanwall, Rob Walker, Cooper and Lotus
First GP Win: 1955 British GP
Last GP Win: 1961 German GP

On-board video of Moss driving and commentating on lapping Donington in an F1 Cooper-Climax: Click here

- Rick Roso

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2012 Event Descriptions

Lime Rock Park 2012 Spectator Event Schedule      


May 25 – 27, 2012, Lime Rock Season Opener featuring Trans-Am & Royals Car Show
Lime Rock Park’s traditional season opener, the Memorial Day Race Weekend (Friday - Sunday; no Monday this year), will once again be jam-packed with top-rank sports car series races, featuring the newly revitalized SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series! This is Detroit's big iron going toe-to-toe with each other while fending off the advances of Europe's best sports cars. Stick around or come back Sunday for the third annual Royals Car Show: More than 200 of the tri-state area’s finest muscle cars, tuners, rods and antiques sitting pretty on the front straight, a show that benefits local charities.

July 6 – 7, 2012, American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Presented by Tequila Patron Northeast Grand Prix
The fastest and “greenest” prototypes and GTs – the same cars and stars that race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans – makes this a frenetically paced two days of outstanding racing. The top LMP prototypes are as sophisticated as an F1 machine, and nowhere else in the northeast will you have the chance to get this close to the cars. Support races TBD.

July 21, 2012, Ferrari Challenge
When Ferrari Challenge returned last year after a four-year hiatus, the response from Lime Rock fans was tremendous. The main paddock – always free access for all fans – was filled to the brim with all manner of Ferraris. So the red-hot Ferrari 458 Italia race cars will grace the grounds again in 2012. For the tifosi among you, this is a heavenly Saturday of racing – and eye candy.

August 31 – September 3, 2012, Historic Festival 30 & Sunday in the Park Concours
This year's Honored Guest will be Sir Stirling Moss! ... No other venue in the U.S. has three days of on-track racing sandwiching a prestigious concours event – all on the same property. Since 1983, the East Coast’s premier vintage racing event has been the Historic Festival and its companion “Sunday in the Park Concours” (Sept. 2). With its famous free paddock access for all fans, Historic Festival 30 will be a feast for the senses: More than 300 vintage race cars will fill the grounds, Sir Stirling will be here for you to visit with, the Swap Meet in the Sunoco B Paddock will be packed, the Midway is always alive with activities, a famous collector will bring some terrific cars – and the racing on the track is non-stop from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Monday. There’s nothing like it anywhere on the East Coast.

September 21-22, 2012, North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (NARRC) Run-offs
The best, brightest and fastest SCCA racers from New England put on a tremendous show, with races from dawn to dusk as they settle bragging rights in a multitude of classes. From incredibly agile formula cars and the nimble sports sedans to the big-bruiser GT-1s, race day during the NARRCs is a fun, family friendly event that will please both hard-core and casual race fans. You might even be impressed enough to have your family join the SCCA membership rolls!

September 28 – 29, 2012, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series (DP/GT) & Continental Tire Challenge (GS/ST)
For the Daytona Prototype’s third visit to Lime Rock Park, we’ve got a special treat: It’s the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 championship finale! That means there is a very good chance that you’ll be witnessing the race that decides the driver and carmaker championships in both DP and GT! The feature race on Saturday showcases the same cars that race in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The Daytona Prototypes – Riley, Dallara, Lola and Coyotes powered by BMW, Chevy, Porsche and Ford engines – do battle at the same time with GT-class cars: the fire-breathing Corvettes, Porsches, BMWs, Mustangs, Camaros and Mazda RX-8s. Also on tap are the “showroom stock” cars in the popular Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, where virtually every automaker is represented in the Grand Sports (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) classes. Support races TBD.

Major-event general admission spectator ticket prices (expected to remain the same or lower depending on event) and the support series for each race weekend will be announced as they’re confirmed.

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