Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 37

Event Information

Date(s) - Aug 30, 2019 - Sep 02, 2019
All Day

Who's Attending

The Official Event Celebrating the VSCCA’s Diamond Jubilee

August  30 through September 2

Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are delighted to let you know that despite the inconvenient movement of the Monterey event to the week before our Lime Rock affair (a result of the need for a fairway at a Golf tournament) we are ahead of the entry numbers this year as compared to 2017.
The Bugatti Owners Club Celebration is gathering furious pace and I reckon that between our race and Concours entries we will have a record number of Bugatti’s. I am hoping for over 50 cars from the pen and hammer of the divine Ettore to be present.
A letter from Murray Smith, Historic Festival Chairman
Ladies, Gentlemen, Fellow Enthusiasts,
I must start by saying that Historic Festival 36 was stunning in many, many, ways, and that the entire Lime Rock Staff did a splendid job before and during the event.
The entrants, and particularly the Bugatti Owners Club and the American Bugatti Club, were splendid in the preparation and performance of their cars, without which our Festival and others like it would just not exist.
Race Control, Peter Roberts, Bob Melhado and their corps of observers under Steve Hyatt, with some notable observers like Storm Field and Alain Raymond, kept everything on time and on track. The only incident all weekend was a result of mechanical failure, not driver error. The driver, a regular at the Festival, was fortunately up and about two days later. Smart vintage racing prevailed all weekend long and set a new standard for festival competitors for which we are very grateful. We hope to see the example set by Historic Festival 36 this last September become the new standard for all Historic Festivals going forward.
Sunday in the Park and the Gathering of the Marques were an excellent reflection on the taste and connections of Frank Taylor, Bill Scheffler and Kent Bain. The event as a whole is now up to an international standard. This is nicely reflected by the fact that the Historic Festival has been short listed among the finalists for the prestigious Octane magazine and EFG Private Bank’s International Historic Motoring Awards in the “Best Motorsport Event of the Year” category. Results will be announced in London on the 25th of October. Our competition includes the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Le Mans Classic.
Our efforts to achieve a great event this year were somewhat hampered by a date change for The Pebble Beach Concours and Monterey Historic Races. An amateur championship golf tournament moved these two world class events back a week. This left only 4 short days between the California & Connecticut events. We were pleased to see so many of our competitors & exhibitors able to attend and enjoy both weekends. Our thanks to all for the effort and accommodations made.
This had some effect on our entries, but nevertheless, the Rally and street fair in Falls Village on Thursday afternoon had a record-breaking participation. Some or the rally cars would have been unlikely traffic on the back roads of rural Connecticut on a normal end of summer evening. Apart from the Rally, nearly all of the race grids were full, including 20 of the 60 Bugatti participating in the weekend.
A few thoughts: the Tin Tops affair has still not fulfilled its early promise. There has been a dearth of genuine Pre-War (2nd World War) cars in the VSCCA Cup Race recently. This disappointing situation was — to a large extent — alleviated by the number of VSCCA members peddling their Bugatti in the Bugatti GP. We will continue to do our utmost to assure an improving field of Pre-War cars in future Festivals. All the other grids were full and we were forced to deny late entries … a problem which I’m sure other organizers would love to have.
I am delighted to say that, all-in-all, the race events, some 32 races plus qualifying, ran very smoothly. Many of you will nevertheless be delighted to note our Friday qualifying sessions will revert to two 20 minute sessions allowing time for “tweaks and tuning” between sessions.
In addition to the other on-track manifestations like hot laps and parades, I must draw attention to the absolutely fabulous group photo of all Bugatti present on the track in the middle of the day on Monday. The timely accomplishment of this masterpiece was a credit to the young and enthusiastic Lime Rock Staff and the great cooperation shown by the Bugatti-ites including, and especially, a 100-year-old owner of a splendid Type 57. I doubt as many Grand Prix Bugatti, including T35s, T37s, T51s, T59’s, and a sympathetic sprinkling of Brescias, have been seen together for some years. And to have the Simeon Le Mans 24 Hour race victor, the 57G, there as well was the icing on the cake. A cake only baked in full, by the presence of the ice blue splendor of the Atlantic from the collection of Peter Mullin, the Honored Collector of the event.
So the on-track speed events of the weekend went as hoped on Friday, Saturday and Monday, with some fairly intense competition, and interesting contrast between the speeds of the early Bugatti and the fairly rapid Formula Atlantic cars of Rick Bell and David Porter.
On to Sunday…where again Bugatti formed our Sunday in the Park centerpiece, cars and owners were out in force and joined for the day by yet another exceptional example, the 57SC Coupe by Gangloff from Ralph Lauren’s collection. The Gangloff won Best of Show (pictured below), Road & Touring in the Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance, with William Binnie’s 1934 Bugatti Type 44 taking Best of Show, Sports & Compeititon. I have to say the variety in the Concours this year was a credit to Frank, Bill and Kent. Some really lovely and interesting cars were presented. I admit that my attention was torn between the Schwimwagen, the imposing brass era 1911 Mercedes Benz 37/90 class winner from the Dick & Shenton King Collection. I also particularly liked a Lancia Flaminia Zagato in the Gathering of Marques which for sure would not have been out of place on the Concours field. I do indeed love cars so this list could go on far too long, suffice it to say it was indeed, a really good show!
The evening entertainment served up by the event this year was rather special. The contrasting personalities of Peter Mullin and David Hobbs on Friday evening were amusing and unusual. Mullin is one of the most influential connoisseurs in the motoring field and competes himself on track, as well being the guiding light in two of the most spectacular automobile museums in the world. “Hobbo” is certainly one of the most entertaining personalities in Motorsport and his performance on Friday evening definitely reinforced his reputation.
On Saturday evening Skip Barber prepared a feast featuring some of the leading lights of the GTP era; Geoff Brabham, Tommy Kendall, David Hobbs, Lyn St. James, and Sam Posey. Introduced and nicely moderated by the brilliant Mike Joy, all were on hand for some vibrant discussion book signing opportunities through the weekend celebrated the launch of the new “History of Lime Rock” book which made it’s debut at the Festival.
In all the 2018 Festival was a resounding success; so, you ask, what about Festival 37 come Labor Day Weekend 2019?
Looking Ahead To 2019
The team is already working on producing another world class event. The event theme will be “Italian Masterpieces” and will include on-track and display presences of some of the cars and bikes which have contributed to the legendary “ultra-red” image of Italy in our sport. We expect an exciting array composed of Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Osca, Stanguelini, MV, Siata, Abarth, Cisitalia, Osella, and many others, along with on-track Formula One demonstrations and at least one world Champion to be present. Some very special guests have already signified their intention to join in and share the fun.
Racing activities will add a tribute and 50th anniversary race feature for the series that started so many racing careers, the fabulous Formula Ford. Perhaps at first glance the other end of the racing spectrum from the glamour of Ferrari and Maserati, but in fact, a major factor in the development of many of the World’s very best racing drivers. Our race will be for early Formula Fords, running treaded tires, complying to Formula Ford Challenge Series rules. We are inviting guests who were significant players in the pre Swift period.
As a final note, we hope that you personally have enjoyed your participation or observation of Historic Festival 36. I can certainly say that I, the Lime Rock organization and our Sunday in the Park team greatly enjoy and appreciate your support. We have launched a meritorious drive for contributions to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and would like to underline that we have, we hope, brought the Festival to an enhanced level for the good of all.
To make it even more exciting and worthy, we hope to attract a serious sponsor to enable us to raise the event to greater heights. If you have any notions or suggestions to this end, please do not hesitate to contact us.
It only remains for me to thank Skip Barber for supporting our efforts and constantly improving this gem of a race track… Lime Rock Park.
Murray Smith, Chairman
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To support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, we are auctioning off the Sunday in the Park awards ceremony backdrop. This vinyl banner is 30 feet long and 10 feet high.
Holiday Gift Idea:
Perfect for the holidays. If you haven’t yet purchased your Lime Rock commemorative history book, order it online.
I wish we could pay similar attention and awe to the products of Rembrandt and Carlo but while we could probably deal with the insurance and the fragility of their masterworks, they might be a bit of a problem in transit. In any event, we do have some amazing motor cars coming, along with some fine Bugatti entries. With such quality, we expect an exciting and memorable event.
Another outstanding feature will be the 60th celebration of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, our sanctioning body, and the oldest and most important encourager of proper use of vintage sports and race cars in the United States.
For those of you who have not yet participated on track at Lime Rock Park, on Tuesday, August 28, we will be open for Test & Tune. For a reasonable fee, you can get on the track with cars of a similar ilk and run several sessions, allowing you to sort out your car and yourself in advance of the weekend to come.
You may also find your designated parking location on Tuesday, where you may leave your race car for the remainder of the weekend avoiding the super busy load-in day on Thursday. Please be aware that overnight camping is not allowed until Thursday of the event weekend.

Contact Information

If you’ve any questions, please contact:

Jeanette Veitenheimer
Executive Administrator
Office: 860.435.5000, ext. 104
Fax: 860.435.5010
Lime Rock Park Historics
Attn: J. Veitenheimer
497 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT  06039
Bill Gelles
VSCCA Liaison to the Historics
Mobile:  (914) 400-7893

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