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The combined vintage festival and Sunday in the Park Concours is one of the biggest events for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, the official charity of Lime Rock Park. Lime Rock set a goal of raising $100,000 this year – and we’re close ($75,000), thanks to you, the fan.
If you’re coming for any or all of the days, we wanted to give you a heads-up on what you can do, if you wish, to help Make-A-Wish get over the final hump. (By the way, the vintage drivers and entrants are helping, too!)
- A big percentage of each sale of the weekend’s Historic Festival 29 Souvenir Program – it is big (54 pages), beautiful and filled with good stories and photographs, and is still only $7 – goes to Make-A-Wish. Buy one when you’re here!
- You can wave the green flag to start one of the Saturday or Monday races. Just go to the Make-A-Wish display at the Lime Rock Info Tent and buy a $5 raffle tickets. We have LOTS of races, so your chances are pretty good at becoming an Official Starter
- There is giant convention of MGs here this weekend – almost 100 – and they want a Make-A-Wish “People’s Pick” vote to choose the best one for the Sunday Car Show! Make a small Make-A-Wish donation at the MG Tent (on No-Name Straight) on Sunday and you’ll get your voting card to pick your favorite MG
- You can also make a Make-A-Wish donation at the Rolls-Royce/Bentley display at West Bend
- And what are many of the 300 vintage race car drivers doing? For every lap they complete this weekend, they’ve gotten “per-lap” pledges from friends, family and sponsors. The driver that collects the most money wins a Rolex watch, donated to Make-A-Wish by Rolex U.S.A.
- Even if you’re not coming to Lime Rock this weekend and still want to make a Make-A-Wish donation, click here. The kids thank you very, very much...
The Saturday, Sept. 3 Lime Rock-sponsored special 9:40 p.m. showing of “Senna” at The Moviehouse in nearby Millerton, N.Y., still has seats left! If you don’t want to go to New York City or Boston to see this fantastic movie, click here to go to themoviehouse.net and get your ticket now.
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As part of Labor Day weekend’s Historic Festival 29 Presented by Jaguar, for the first time ever Lime Rock Park has scheduled a race car parade! Up to five dozen vintage MG (and other) race cars will parade through the towns and villages of Lime Rock, Lakeville, Salisbury, Amesville and Falls Village.
The parade starts from the track at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 1, the day before the start of the Historic Festival.
This parade is for the local residents and begins on the front straight of Lime Rock Park at 4:00 p.m., leaves the Outfield Entrance, turns west on Rt. 112 to the junction with Rt. 41, turns right to go north on Rt. 41 to the junction with Rt. 44, right on Rt. 44 east through Lakeville and Salisbury, left on Cobble Road to then enter Noble Horizons (specifically requested by Skip Barber), re-enters Cobble Road, then left on Rt. 41 south to the junction with Rt. 44, west on 44 to Salmon Kill Road, to Brinton Hill Rd, left on Brinton Hill to go up and over the mountain, then left on Dugway Road to head over the steel bridge over the Housatonic River (at the power station), then up to and under the railroad bridge into Falls Village. Total length of the parade is 14.7 miles.
There, all the cars will be lined up in a beautiful car show, as the Falls Village Inn hosts a street fair and block party!
How’s that for the first-ever Lime Rock Park Historic Festival “Race Car Parade”?
Lime Rock Park and the Falls Village Inn are encouraging residents and visitors to set up lawn chairs and picnic blankets along the route, then to come to Falls Village and meet the cars and drivers up close and enjoy the party, including live music.
This will be a fabulous live demonstration of vintage and historic race cars, most of them iconic MG race cars, from the 1920s onward. Lime Rock also plans to speak to each business owner along the route to encourage them to make their sidewalks inviting for parade watchers, too!
One of the best ways to enjoy Lime Rock’s vintage racing extravaganza is to be a VIP! You can do that by purchasing a Fan Zone Hospitality ticket for Historic Festival 29. It includes track admission, and what you get is great food and drink (“adult” and otherwise), a goody bag, exclusive guest speakers, escorted paddock tours, VIP parking next to Hospitality Village, and chances to win a “hot lap.” The Fan Zone Hospitality Tent is located in a prime location, close to everything! The price is $100 (includes admission), and you can choose either Saturday, September 3 or Monday, September 5. Call 860.435.5000, or click here for more info!
Lime Rock Park is a big fan of enthusiast car clubs, and we had a neat visit from one on Friday, July 15. The Lower Hudson Valley Cadillac LaSalle Club was on a N.W. Connecticut Tour, and the group popped in to Lime Rock around lunchtime. We offered them a choice of a parade lap or their members getting a Hot Lap from Lime Rock Drivers Club Director Simon Kirkby. Hot Laps it was! We say, Thanks for stopping by! Lime Rock’s Rick Roso took some snaps of the group...
Lime Rock Drivers Club Director Simon Kirkby -- the Darth Vader guy on the right -- briefs the Caddy Clan about the protocol when sitting right-seat during a high speed BMW M3 run.
A fine looking Collection o' Cadillacs...