Fans of iconic Lime Rock Park track have been celebrating the circuit’s 55th anniversary in 2012, but the upcoming Labor Day vintage weekend will provide enthusiasts with an additional insight into automotive history – the 30th running of the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival presented by Jaguar, August 31 to September 3, featuring Sir Stirling Moss.
Unlike any other historic motorsport event in the country, not only will fans get the chance to see a huge variety of historic cars from pre-war racers to 1970s Formula 1 machinery on track on Saturday and Monday, the event also incorporates a race car parade visiting local towns plus a street fair in nearby Falls Village on Thursday. Of course, the prestigious Sunday in the Park Concours (Sept. 2) is central to the weekend, paired with the Gathering of the Marques which features beautiful machinery from local car clubs stretching around the entire 1.5 mile circuit.
“For fans of automotive and motorsport history, there is really nothing like this anywhere in the country,” event Chairman Murray Smith said.
“There are fantastic historic races and brilliant Concours events in other parts of the country, but to combine both in the same weekend along with the Gathering of the Marques, the parade and the street fair is a great drawing card.
“That unique aspect and the attraction of racing on a beautiful circuit like Lime Rock has given us capacity grids and provides fans in the surrounding areas of Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts a chance to really enjoy some outstanding automotive history.”
As an added attraction for this year’s event, British Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss returns as the guest of honor. With 16 wins, 16 poles and 24 podiums in only 66 Formula 1 starts, Moss is acknowledged as one of the finest drivers in Formula 1 history.
Remarkably, despite those incredible performances, he never managed to win the Formula 1 championship – finishing second on four occasions and third three times.
Moss is not a total stranger to the Lime Rock Historic Festival, having competed here in a Maserati 250 Formula 1 machine in 1989. He also previously competed here in 1985 in a Sports Car Club of America endurance event aboard a Porsche, paired with Innes Ireland.
To celebrate his attendance, many of the famous machines that he drove throughout his career will be on track including cars from Vanwall, Cooper, Maserati, Jaguar and BMW.
“Having Sir Stirling come back to Lime Rock for the event is an amazing bonus. Despite being 82 years old and having retired from Formula 1 in 1963, he only 'officially' retired from active competition 12 months ago,” Smith said.
“I’m sure he’d still love the opportunity to take a couple of laps while he is here. The cars he drove will also be featured in the Sunday in the Park Concours event.
“The Lime Rock Park track and this event really has the historic racing community excited because it is such a beautiful place to come and compete. That is also a real credit to the track owner, Skip Barber, an American motorsports icon from his own career and what he achieved in training the champions of the future through the Skip Barber Racing Schools across the country.
“But what he has achieved in maintaining Lime Rock Park as a premier motorsports venue deserves even more credit. It is a beautiful place to race and a beautiful place to come and watch.”
Smith recently announced the race groups for Historic Festival 30 presented by Jaguar...
Sports & Grand Touring Cars... Power vs. Agility
Pre-War Competition Cars
Superlative Formula Cars: Historic Grand Prix (1966-1983), Formula 2 & Atlantic
Wild, Wild Horses... Big Bore Production Machines
50s Competition Cars, from Goodwood to the Bahamas
Sophisticated Sports Racers
International Sedans & Roadsters
“If race fans haven’t been to the Historic Festival previously, the other unique thing they will find is the fact that they can get up close and personal with the cars and the drivers as well,” Smith adds.
“There will be more than 300 amazing cars from a huge variety of eras filling the paddock here – it really is like coming to an automotive museum, except you can also see These cars compete on track on the same weekend.”