Lime Rock Rolex Vintage Festival
Lime Rock Park
Lime Rock, CT
August 30, 2003
This was a purely recreational day for me. I had no scheduled appearances, and I was fascinated by the vintage racing I first witnessed at the Monterey Historic Races in California a year ago ( 8/16/2002 and 8/17/2002). I decided at the last minute to make a day trip of it on Saturday of the Festival weekend. That would be the practice day. Sunday was a Concours d'Elegance show (racing is prohibited on Sunday!) and the actual racing was on Monday, the Labor Day holiday. It is a 5+ hour drive, but if I left at dawn, I figured I could spend a few hours at the track and still get home at a reasonable hour.
The day started early!
It seemed like the parking area
was all Porsches and BMWs
Interesting 'Vette-based racer from the past, with supercharged small-block:
The Bocar. Sounded BIG!
Bugatti was the featured marque.
This one looked a little rough, a "barn find", but sounded awesome!
Yes, an Aston Martin wagon!
Penske Camaro and Ford GT40.
When was the last time you saw a Messerschmidt?
Yes, they were built by the aircraft mfgr.
Beautifully crafted Volvo w/small-block Chevy power.
There were very few vintage Corvette racers.
Panorama of the start-finish side of the track. What a beautiful facility!
BMW was major sponsor. Here are a few of the 20+ M1s.
The one and only Corvair based Fitch Phoenix,
and its always-dapper creator, John Fitch.
High ground view of the vendor area as I head back to the car.
Sunset over Portland.
Final stats: 11 hours on the road (including dinner on the way home),
3½ hours on foot at Lime Rock Park.
I will be back!!!