A Great Day for a Walk in the Park as Lime Rock Concours and Gathering of the Marques Attracts more than a Thousand Cars

Lime Rock Park played host to a spectacle of automotive excellence on Sunday, with more than a thousand cars descending upon its hallowed grounds. While Friday, Saturday and Monday of Historic Festival 41 celebrate the power and performance of vintage racing, Sunday honors its artistry, beauty and history for The Lime Rock Concours and Gathering of the Marques.


With cars ranging from the eclectic and fun to the distinguished and rare, visitors had the chance to take a stroll around the 1.5-mile circuit to get an up-close look of cars that were parked all around the Connecticut track.


The Lime Rock Concours was once again headed by an esteemed panel of judges that evaluated more than 200 cars, selecting 17 for drive-up awards. The Best in Show d’Elegance was awarded to Paul Gould’s 1954 Desoto Adventurer II while Santo Spadaro’s 1953 PBX H modified took Best in Show Sport.


Representatives from Hagerty, Autodromo and Marsh McLennan were all part of the prestigious award ceremony.


The presence of MGs on the Concours was also diversely represented as examples spanning some 100 years were brought to life during the new Concours in Motion. As the procession of MGs cruised down the Sam Posey Straight through Turn 1, Barn Find Hunter host Tom Cotter shared the captivating history of each car over the PA.


A special moment happened on the Concours as Sam Posey was reunited with his 1971 Ferrari 512 M that he drove with Peter Revson and Swede Savage in two of America’s biggest races: the Daytona 24 Hour and Sebring 12 Hour. The car was part of Lawrence Auriana’s collection of 17 rare cars and motorcycles featured on the Concours.


At the heart of the Concours were the 11 Chrysler Concept cars that included the 1960 Plymouth XNR to the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car.


The five-day event will conclude on Monday with the final competition outings as all nine race groups will stage a total of 18 races to close out the 41st edition of the event.


Gates open at 7:00 a.m. with racing starting at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are available at the gate. Children under 12, active military and vets are free.


Glimpse of Historic Festival live stream begins at 9:00 a.m. at www.limerock.com/live


Award First Name Last Name Year Make Model
Turtle Invitational Award Glenn Royals 1932 Cord L-29
Dream Ride Award Charles Schoendorf 1955 Chrysler C-300
Sports Car Market Award Abraham Joseph 1959 Chevrolet Corvette
Greenwich Concours Award RJ Carey 1909 Lorraine-Dietrich 16.4L Grand Prix
Hagerty Spirit of Motoring Award Thomas Jaycox Sr. 1952 Jaguar C Type
Skip’s Concours Special Award Allan Steinbock 1968 Mercury Cougar Hertz/Shelby XR7-G
Concours Special Award PETER ROSS 1932 M.G. J2
Concours Special Award Dennis Nicotra 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II
Autodromo Award Bruce Amster 1970 Chrysler Plymouth Hemicuda
Marsh McLennan Award Michael Eaton 1957 MG MGA Roadster
Most Outsanding MG Daniel Fadden 1960 MG MGA Twin Cam
Most Outstanding Chrysler John R Cote 1961 Chrysler  
John Fitch Trophy David Porter 1970 Lotus Elan S4
Best in Show d’Elegance Paul Gould 1954 Desoto Adventurer II
Best in Show Sport Santo Spadaro 1953 PBX H modified