We Want You in the Sports & Race Car Parade

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Everyone, from the drivers to the fans, keeps telling us how much they like the Thursday Vintage & Historic Race Car Parade, which officially kicks-off Lime Rock’s Labor Day weekend Historic Festival.

The Parade is a hundred or more cars that leave Lime Rock Park at 4:00 p.m., then travel a 17-mile route through the towns and villages in the area, ending up at the Welcome Party & Street Fair in Falls Village, about two miles from Lime Rock Park.

Hundreds of people line the route to watch this unique parade of old sports cars and race cars It’s a wonderful celebration of vintage vehicles, seen how they’re supposed to be seen... driving on the road!

The Street Fair in Falls Village is live music – Wanda Houston, the late Whitney’s cousin, is singing – plus food, ice cream, entertainment and more. And all the sports cars and race cars are parked in the village for a wonderful, impromptu car show!

If you’re the owner of – or have the keys to! – a 1970 or older sports car or race car, we want you to be in the Parade.

Yes, this is our solicitation to anyone reading this email to join the Thursday Falls Village Vintage & Historic Race Car Parade if you have a car that meets the criteria.

(Please email Jeff Grossbard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the details of your car.)

Here’s what you do: Drive or trailer your car to Lime Rock’s Main Entrance at 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, Conn. 06039, to arrive by 3:00 p.m. You will be directed to line up on Sam Posey Straight, and right at 4:00 p.m., the Parade starts, led by a Lime Rock BMW Pace Car.

This is a lot of fun to both be in and watch!

Pass the word... and we’ll see you next Thursday...

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ESPN Radio Party at Max Burger in West Hartford

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Hartford’s ESPN Sports Radio 97.9 is doing a live broadcast of The Bower Show from the Max Burger restaurant on LaSalle Road in West Hartford, next Tuesday, August 27, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., promoting Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 31 and Sunday in the Park Concours.

It’s a party!

ESPN has asked us to wrangle cool, old sports cars and others of that ilk to display in the nice, big parking lot of the restaurant during the show, called “Lime Rock on LaSalle.”

Bring your older, cool car – and even if you don’t, come out to Max Burger and party with us!


True Story

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True story. After Saturday’s first of two Ferrari Challenge races, and before the start of the second, I took Onofrio Triarsi, the overall and Trofeo Pirelli class winner, and Brent Lawrence, the Coppa Shell class victor, up to the Lime Rock Fan Hospitality compound. We wanted them to talk a bit about the race they had finished just 20 minutes earlier, and to answer any questions our Fan Hospitality guests had.

On the golf cart ride up to the chalet, I asked them what they thought about racing at Lime Rock, as a stand-alone event. “This is fantastic,” Onofrio (I call him “Over Time”) said. “I can’t believe how many people came, you know, for us.”

Brent said, “This really is a great place for us to come. The fans, the track... we feel like superstars here.”

After the talk and Q&A, the guys really had to get back down to their rigs to go over the data with the engineers and coaches, and I was trying to hustle them out, but guess what... they stuck around for another 20 minutes because the fans wanted photos and autographs and handshakes and there were babies needing to be kissed. Yup, like superstars...

Lime Rock Park is the only race track Ferrari Challenge goes to where it is the only series on track. And that’s because you guys are knowledgeable, loyal fans who “get” the Lime Rock experience. The drivers felt it in the air, and all I have to say is, that’s cool. And thanks...

Here are some great shots from the day by stellar shooters Greg Clark and Casey Keil. (Over Time is in the camo-colored #23 F458, while Brent is in the #14.)

- Rick Roso

The PDFs of the full results are on and can be clicked-through directly here (R1) and here (R2).


Hot Milk


Saturday, July 6, ALMS Northeast Grand Prix - Jiminy Crickets it was hot as the dickens. On the track and at the track. And the racing action was even hotter. Four races, a zillion classes, lots of deserving winners.

In the big race, the two hour, 45-minute ALMS Northeast Grand Prix – greenflagged by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy – Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf won for the second year in a row, driving the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Honda Performance Development ARX-03a. Dyson Racing was celebrating their 30th anniversary, and with Guy Smith and Chris Dyson behind the wheel, its Lola-Mazda B12/60 finished second.

The entire race was filled with action, which is almost always the case in the wonderfully multi-class ALMS race at LRP.

For full American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix results, go to

If you’re wondering how Patrick Dempsey did in the GTC division and how Katherine Legge and Andy Meyrick did with the DeltaWing... well, not terrific. Dempsey and teammate Andy Lally had contact, mechanical and penalty issues, but still brought their Porsche 911 GT3 seventh in class. Legge and Meyrick, not so lucky; overheating ended their DeltaDay with 62 laps to go.

Hey, enough blathering. Instead, take a look at all the great pix taken by Greg Clark and Casey Keil.

It was a very cool day in a hot kind of way.

See you at Ferrari Challenge July 20.


America's Brands Hatch


The hard-core Formula 1 fans who get these emails will find this pretty cool... Ben Edwards, the longtime F1, BTTC and F3 television commentator and currently BBC’s voice of F1, visited Lime Rock Park Monday, June 3, a guest of the Lime Rock Drivers Club.

Edwards and his wife Belinda (above) were on their way to Montreal for the Canadian GP, and so decided to spend a couple days in Connecticut with their friends Greg and Wendy of Bethel, both of whom are regular fans of Lime Rock; they suggested Ben and Belinda go visit “America’s Brands Hatch.”

LRDC director Simon Kirkby met the foursome at the track and of course, within minutes Simon was sliding them into the passenger seats of a BMW M3, planning to “introduce” everyone to the wonderful nuances and secrets of Lime Rock. At high rates of speed. And so it was...

“Yes, of course, I know of Lime Rock and was anxious to go round,” Ben said. “I love these kinds of tracks... very fast, tricky corners, elevation changes, surrounded by hills. Brilliant. And yes, a feel quite similar to Brands Hatch...”

Ben started in motorsport as a weekend mechanic, became a racing driver and instructor. He won two (British) National motor racing titles and then swapped steering wheel for microphone to establish himself as one of the foremost commentators in the world.

Ben’s racing exploits included Formula Ford, Formula First and the Vauxhall Lotus series, where he raced against Mika Hakkinen, Allan McNish, Gil De Ferran and David Coulthard.

Ben was a senior instructor at the Brands Hatch Racing School, working with the legendary Tony Lanfranchi, and remembers teaching Jackie Stewart’s son Paul some of the basics of circuit driving.

His commentating debut also came at the Kent circuit, where encouraged by Brands stalwart Brian Jones, he quickly became absorbed in the process of communicating his favorite sport.

Ben made his TV commentating debut alongside Tiff Needell in 1987, became a regular on Eurosport TV in 1993 and covered Formula 1 with Eurosport in 1995-96.

Four years spent covering the U.S. Champ Car racing scene were followed by another year of F1 in 2002 for Sky, when he also became ITV’s voice of the British Touring Car Championship. World Championship Speedway, Powerboats, A1GP and World Rally have all come under his umbrella since then, and he has voiced the official Duke Video F1 highlights DVD for several years. Ben became the BBC F1 commentator starting with the 2012 season.

Ben is known for his enthusiastic, energetic, shouting commentary style, similar to that of James Allen.

Former racer Ben about to get hot-lapped by Simon...

Wendy and Greg of Bethel, Conn., good friends with the Edwards'






"Fast and flowing -- the kind of track I like." Ben Edwards

Photos by Rick Roso