Lime Rock Park is throwing a party. A big, exciting one, on the evening of Saturday, September 2, during Historic Festival 35 presented by the Prestige Family of Fine Cars. We are throwing this party to not only celebrate 60 tremendous years of tradition, beauty and speed at Lime Rock Park, but to also kick-off fundraising for the exciting “Legends of Lime Rock” commemorative area in A Paddock. We’re calling it the “60 Year Celebration” – and you’re invited! (Click here for 60 Year Celebration ticket information; there are tables remaining, all with available seats.) The celebration – cocktails, a sit-down, family style dinner, music, entertainment, auctions – will be highlighted by a very special gathering of legends, people who are particularly important to Lime Rock’s history and legacy. David Hobbs, PJ Jones, Sam Posey and Jim Haynes – all drivers at heart, of course, but each of whom became influential beyond the cockpit – will engage in a lively discussion: Expect invigorating repartee amongst these racing icons, and tales will surely be told that few have heard before. You simply don’t want to miss this.
David Hobbs... Aside from his exploits at Le Mans, as well as in F1, IMSA GT, the Indy 500 and even NASCAR, David’s biggest successes at Lime Rock were during F5000’s halcyon days. In the five F5000 races at Lime Rock between 1969 and 1972, Hobbs never qualified lower than fourth. He won twice (including during his 1971 title-winning year) and finished on the podium in two others. His lone LRP DNF was due to a diff failure in 1972, F5000’s last race here.
Sam Posey... Sam’s racing career was not only the equal of Hobbs in its diversity, but our hometown hero actually learned his craft at Lime Rock. Sam famously won the 1969 LRP Trans-Am race in a Shelby-run Mustang, subbing for Peter Revson, and won the IMSA GTU race two years in a row, 1978 and 1979. Motorsports’ reigning Renaissance Man par excellence is today a painter, writer, designer, broadcaster... Sam in person never fails to charm and enlighten.
PJ Jones... Representing 1990s-era Lime Rock during its IMSA Camel GTP heydays, PJ is not done racing; he’s a star in Robby Gordon’s spectacular Speed Energy Super Truck series and competes in the SCORE Baja off-road races. PJ, son of the legendary Parnelli Jones (who raced and won at Lime Rock in Trans-Am Mustangs), on Saturday, May 29, 1993, turned an amazing lap of :43.112 in his #98 All American Racers Toyota Eagle MkIII IMSA Camel GTP prototype during qualifying for the Toyota Trucks Lime Rock Grand Prix. And a quarter century later, this is still the lap record at Lime Rock! PJ is articulate, funny, engaging – and not afraid to go to-to-toe with Sam and David.
Jim Haynes... Flying up from Tampa, Fla., it was Jim's essential and creative management of Lime Rock in the 60s, 70s and early 80s that ensured the success we all enjoy today. As a driver, Jim won multiple SCCA National titles, but he’s best known for running Lime Rock with grace and wit. It’s not hyperbole to say Jim was a major force in American racing during his stewardship of Lime Rock. He was an important ally of John Bishop’s nascent IMSA series and was a leader in promoting vintage racing, helping it reach the astounding success it enjoys today. His post-LRP career – for nine years he ran Road America, a track similar to Lime Rock in appeal – gives Jim a unique perspective as he looks back on what Lime Rock means to him. And to us...
In addition, Historic Festival 35 Honored Guest Richard Attwood as well as Honored Collector Bruce Meyer will be in attendance.
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Here are just a few of the terrific items and experiences at auction during the evening:
► Lucas Oil Race School: Two-day accredited school, for two people
► Lime Rock Drivers Club Track Day, in LRP Spec Miata race car
includes overnight accommodations at Falls Village Inn
► For BMW Fans: Race-worn Bill Auberlen helmet and race-worn David Donohue race suit
► Huge "Car Guy" Package with the best products from: Thule Carriers and Racks; a full set of your choice of Nokian Tyres (including its famous Hakkapeliitta winters or zLINE hi-po summers); Wheels of Time winter car storage; tickets to the Ridgefield Playhouse "F1 Season Wrap with NBC's Matchett, Hobbs and Diffey"; Spectro Performance Oils & Lubricants; premier car-detailing by Explicit Design; and more!
You can easily purchase online your seat or table by clicking here.
Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate Lime Rock's past... while we build for the future.