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Lime Rock Park Historic Festival Opens with Huge Fields of Vintage Race Cars

LAKEVILLE, CT (2 September 2022)- Perfect racing weather greeted more than 200 vintage race cars at Lime Rock Park as the first official day of on track action started on Friday for the Historic Festival 40 presented by Corvette.

 

Nine run groups delivered a diverse and dynamic field, animating Lime Rock Park’s 1.5 miles with a bevy of sound echoed by non-stop, on-track action to open the racing activities for the traditional Labor Day Weekend event. 

 

As the featured marque of Historic Festival 40, Corvettes were well represented across two different run groups with a dozen examples taking to the track for practice and qualifying. Everything from a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport from the Revs Institute to Hagerty Barn Find’s Tom Cotter in a 1964 Corvette to a 1978 Corvette that raced in both IMSA and Trans Am were a part of the action. 

 

A full field of Historic Trans Am class rattled the ground with six of the seven manufacturer brands that competed in the over 2.0L class represented, including a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro run by Penske Racing alongside a 1972 Penske AMC Javelin and Sam Posey’s Dodge Challenger. 

 

Kicking off the first of the five day celebration,  the Historic Festival Parade presented by Salisbury Bank and Falls Village Inn toured through the local Connecticut towns on Thursday with nearly 130 vintage cars in procession before stopping in Falls Village for a well attended street fair.

 

Lime Rock Park’s HF40 festivities continue through Labor Day, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette with a full schedule of racing on Saturday and Monday, along with Sunday in The Park and the Gathering of the Marques on Sunday. 

 

Flex day tickets for Saturday or Monday are available at the gate for $75. Sunday in The Park tickets are $40. Children 12 and under are free as well as all active military and veterans.  

 

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