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ALMS Heritage Car Makes Surprise Visit

rothmans_porscheYou know what’s cool about Lime Rock? You just never know what you’ll see on the track...

With the exciting American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix coming up July 8-9, a neat piece of ALMS’s heritage showed up for Tuesday’s Test & Tune. Today we saw a car that hadn’t been “out of the garage” in more than 25 years: an early ‘80s Rothmans Porsche 956, chassis -009.

The current owner, Greg Galdi, had recently re-built the engine and was doing some “installation” laps to make sure everything was up to snuff.

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Link to Monday's Pix!

Click here for photos by Greg Clark and Casey Keil from Memorial Day Monday at Lime Rock Park.

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Wallaces -- and Walls -- at LRP

ESPN announcer Rusty Wallace and one of his sons, NASCAR Nationwide driver Stevie (Rusty calls him “Steven,” just so you know), came to Lime Rock Park Tuesday the 26th for the April “Test & Tune Day.” Why? Because the two were doing the baseline set-up work on a 2010 Nationwide Camry Rusty had sold to Bob Aft, a Killingworth, Conn., businessman.

Stevie went out first and put about 10 laps in. “We guessed pretty darn close on the set-up,” the younger Wallace said. “Shocks, camber, wedge, all good. A bit of tire pressure change and the car was handling great.”

Rusty then took the reins and put some hot laps in; coming in, he agreed with his son that the car was good to go. “Whew, it’s awesome! We have to de-tune the engine just a bit, because we want Bob to have a long engine life. It runs perfect, I feel like I’m giving the owner a new car and the keys and sending him out the showroom floor!”

Later in the day, Bob, who owns Alliance Scaffolding, a specialty maker of scaffolding for the nuclear power plant industry, took his new car out for some laps. He had an incident in the Uphill, but it was mostly sheetmetal damage. The Wallaces will take the car back to Charlotte and hang new panels for him.

“These guys have been so nice to me,” Aft said. “I bought the car at auction late last year, and true to his word, Rusty flew out here to my home track with his crewman to give me a good baseline. This is so cool... Rusty and Stevie driving hard at Lime Rock, which they’ve never been to before.”

Rusty said, “Man, this is a great track. I didn’t know it was so hard to drive, you know, to be fast. Love it. Beautiful track.”

For those who might not remember, when Rusty was in Cup he was very good on road courses, banking multiple wins at Riverside and Watkins Glen.


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Rusty & Stevie get some track info from Bruce MacInnes    
Rusty spent some time with an admiring crew of SBRS mechanics, too

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Rusty (l.) went shopping in the Store! That's Bob Aft on the left

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Left to right: Steven Wallace, Bob Aft, Rusty Wallace                                                  
Club Director Simon Kirkby was helping Rusty too

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An ardent R.W. fan gets her jacket signed by the NASCAR icon                           
Fresh out of the car, Rusty updates Bob on the set-up




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Stevie was out first, here entering Big Bend                                                             
Rusty went out after Stevie and had to put an outside move on a Mustang into Big Bend


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