|LAKEVILLE, Conn.—After five days of activities, the 38th annual Historic Festival came to an end after another spectacular September day. The event featured 184 drivers, almost exclusively from the Northeast, racing vintage cars that ranged from a 1928 Bugatti 37A to a 1993 Ralt-RT-41A. Nineteen different drivers topped the podium in 32 races. Full race results can be found at www.race-monitor.com
More than 500 cars were on display during the Sunday in the Park Concours and Gathering of the Marques. We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Datsun Z-Car with multiple years represented. "The combination of a rich variety of cars, ideal weather and the Lime Rock setting made for a perfect day for enthusiasts, both at the Concours and at the Gathering of the Marques," said Lowell Paddock, Sunday in the Park Chairman.
The top three awards:
Best American, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, Robert Boutot, Wolcott, CT
Best International 1967 Lancia Flaminia Convertible, Donald Schwarzkopf, Carefree, AZ
Best in Show 1930 Packard 745 Phaeton, Dr. Denis Bouboulis, Greenwich, CT
“Faced with COVID-19 our goal was to have a quality event that was safe. We allowed no spectators on the racing days because of concerns of a crowded paddock. On Sunday we felt it was safe to have limited spectators as the cars were displayed all around the track. We had half of the normal number of cars and restricted the crowd to about one-eighth of our capacity. Good racing, quality cars, happy and I believe safe participants,” said Skip Barber, Lime Rock Park President.
“The whole event was planned with great care and the track did everything in their power to provide racers with all the tools to protect themselves. Gratifyingly, everyone took it seriously. All in all a very successful weekend, both competitors and Sunday spectators appeared to welcome the opportunity to indulge their passions,” said Murray Smith, Chairman of Historic Festival.
About Lime Rock Park: Opened in 1957, Lime Rock Park is a historic automotive and entertainment venue located in Litchfield County, Conn. Along with hosting several televised spectator race weekends, Lime Rock is home to numerous special events, racing schools, driving schools, and the exclusive Lime Rock Drivers Club. Visit www.limerock.com or @limerockpark on social media for more information.