Craft Beer and Classic Cars Highlight Sunday at The Park

A summer-like afternoon greeted classic car and craft beer enthusiasts on Sunday as Lime Rock Park hosted two car shows and the Connecticut Craft Beer Grand Prix, held as part of the Trans Am Memorial Day Classic weekend.


Here are the headlines from the day:

1. Two Car Shows and Nearly $10,000 Raised: Royals’ Garage Car Show and Hagerty Cars & Caffeine returned to Lime Rock Park in full force with hundreds of cars and enthusiasts lining the Sam Posey Straight for the Sundays at The Park event. Nearly $10,000 was raised from the event to benefit the Just Hands Foundation. The Just Hands Foundation provides on-track experiences in a specially equipped car that uses hand controls, a form of technology that can also be installed on any car on the road.


Royals’ Garage Car Show Winners:

  • Royals Crown: Rich Huxley 1957 Fuelie Corvette
  • Veterans Choice: Dennis Michand 1909 New York to Seattle
  • People’s Choice: Norman Ruot 1969 1/2 Coronet Super Bee A12
  • Skip’s Selection: Water Witch Hose Company 1842 Hose Cart


2. Craft Beer Shines at The Park: It was another successful year for the Connecticut Craft Beer Grand Prix. Accompanied by the area’s best food trucks and live music from Brother Other, 19 local breweries showcased the outstanding quality and variety of Connecticut craft beer on the Lime Rock grounds on Sunday.


A committee of brewers and experienced beer judges from across the state have developed 15 medal categories. Each category contained a variety of BJCP and Great American Beer Festival-defined sub-styles to allow participating breweries to best match and categorize their entries.


The Redding Beer Company of Redding, Conn., won the overall competition, taking home the award for Best Overall Taste for its four entries. Clocktown Brewery of Thomaston, Conn, took home two major awards, winning Best in Show for its Time Flies Doppelbock and the People’s Choice Award for their When Pigs Fly New England IPA.


3. A CT Royal Recognized: Today Lime Rock Park recognized Glenn Royals, owner of Royals’ Garage, for his 12-year partnership with the track. Since organizing the Royals’ Garage Car Show, Glenn and his team have raised thousands of dollars for local area charities. Lime Rock Park President Dicky Riegel and Skip Barber presented Royals, who is an avid Corvette fan, with a plaque and a 16×20 framed photo of rare classic Corvettes lined on Sam Posey Straight from the Historic Festival 40.


The Memorial Day Classic concludes Monday with racing from the Tran Am Series presented by Pirelli, Sportscar Vintage Race Association (SVRA) and Formula Race Promotions. General admission tickets are still available. Active military, veterans and Gold Star families receive free admission. For event information visit: Memorial Day Classic – Lime Rock Park