Carroll Shelby at Lime Rock
Carroll Shelby set a Lime Rock Park track record with a lap of 1:06 in John Edgar’s Maserati 300S on June 9, 1957. He won the New York Region National, lapping all but one car in the 40-lap, 20-car big-bore field in a highlight of LRP’s inaugural season.
Carroll Shelby saw his regular driver Pete Revson away at Indianapolis in 1969, so he put local favorite Sam Posey to join regular Horst Kwech in his Ford Mustangs for the Lime Rock Trans-Am on Memorial Day. Posey won the pole with a lap of 59.3-seconds, and was joined by Kwech on the front row. Posey went on to win easily over Swede Savage. It was Ford’s last victory in the series. Revson, who was at Lime Rock earlier in the week, finished fifth in the Indy 500.
Shelby raced a 1965 Shelby GT 350R for the first time at the 1992 Lime Rock Fall Festival. The 69-year-old ran laps of 1:09-seconds, only four-tenths of a second off the car’s lap record set in 1965 by Bob Johnson.
Carroll Shelby was a guest of honor at the 2005 Labor Day Weekend Rolex Vintage Festival presented by BMW. The 1990 vintage event featured a tribute to the glory days of Trans-Am, presented by former LRP Vice President and noted television commentator Mike Joy. A highlight of the weekend saw Sam Posey reunited with the Shelby Mustang he drove to a pinch-hit victory in the 1989 Trans-Am.