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Pizza and a [Great] Movie – and Skip

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A rarely screened – and brilliant – racing doc is showing at a drive-in near Lime Rock Park
  R.S.V.P. a.s.a.p. so you don’t miss out! 

It’s 1971. Jackie Stewart and Roman Polanski* are friends. Polanski is at the Monaco Grand Prix, shooting a doc about his racing pal. The film is released in Europe, spottily, in 1972. And then, despite tremendous reviews, Weekend of a Champion essentially disappears in a cloud of tire smoke, hardly to be seen again...
Four decades later, star director and producer Brett Ratner, who had befriended Polanski (read the http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/brett-ratner-talks-roman-polanskis-weekend-of-a-champion-rush-hour-4-his-version-of-superman-and-more-20131122} -group {html:1}%%" href="https://relay.netatlantic.com/mailings/%%track%20%7Bhttp://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/brett-ratner-talks-roman-polanskis-weekend-of-a-champion-rush-hour-4-his-version-of-superman-and-more-20131122%7D%20-group%20%7Bhtml:1%7D%%" target="_blank">meet-cute story here), pulls together the commercial re-release of Champion – and Lime Rock pulled some strings to screen the film at Four Brothers Drive-In Theater – it’s behind their famed pizza joint – in Amenia, N.Y.

Something else you might not know: The 1971 Monaco Grand Prix is the first F1 race Skip Barber tried to qualify for, in a crapcan March-Cosworth.

Skip is coming to the movie to tell you about his Monaco “adventure” before Weekend of a Champion rolls.

This.
Is.
So.
Cool.
And it’s free.


Details!
Where: Four Brothers Drive-In Theater, 4957 Route 22, Amenia, N.Y. 12501 (about 20 minutes southwest of Lime Rock)
When: Thursday, July 9, Gates open at 6:00 p.m., Skip will talk at 8:30, movie starts immediately afterward
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[From Deadline.com] Ratner called Weekend Of A Champion two icons at the height of their careers, one behind the camera and the other behind the wheel, during the most dangerous era of Formula 1 history. “This film is a masterpiece,” Ratner said. “Roman and Jackie both do what they set out to accomplish; Jackie wins the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and Roman makes a great film that stands the test of time. The two legends reunite 40 years later and watch the film in the very same hotel room in Monte Carlo for what turns out to be a poignant and beautiful reunion.”


Click here for a short clip from the movie: Jackie driving some kind of wicker-basket rental car and pontificating about the line, Roman sitting right-seat wondering what in Cosworth's name Jackie is talking aboot...

[Full disclosure: In a roundabout way, we hope this very cool racing racing movie inspires you to think about the great races at Lime Rock, in particular the upcoming IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship July 25. You may click here for more info about that...]

See you at the Drive-in!
The Cinemaphiles at LRP
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Don't Miss the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix July 25

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For IMSA TUDOR fans in New England, the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park is a “must-do” event. Lime Rock is not only a very fast and challenging 1.5-mile circuit of constant racing action, it is one of the most fan friendly venues on the schedule. For example, there is no charge for kids 12 and under. Parking is free. Paddock access is free. Veterans and active military are admitted free. And if that’s not attractive enough, we're nearly finished with a multi-million dollar re-construction project (“Road to 60”) that has resulted in all-new – and spectacular – spectator viewing, huge, gorgeous, fan-friendly paddocks, new walkways, and even a new-from-the-ground-up paddock restroom designed by racing legend Sam Posey. Both the Wi-Fi and PA systems have been dramatically upgraded, and handicap access throughout the park is vastly improved, too.

IMSA prototype and sports car racing has a long and enviable history here, helped in no small part by the fact that Lime Rock races are invariably close, down-to-the-wire affairs. IMSA race day at Lime Rock (Saturday, July 25) features two Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races – one for Street Tuner (ST) and one for Grand Sport (GS) – just before the 2-hour, 40-minute TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Northeast Grand Prix for the Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona classes.

Click here for ticket information.

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Fireworks, Saturday, July 4, 2015

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Come one, come all!  Fourth of July Fireworks, Saturday, July 4, 2015, to Benefit the Salisbury Rotary Club.
For more than 30 years, Lime Rock has hosted the annual Rotary Club Independence Day Fireworks by donating the facility and its personnel so that the all proceeds ($20 per car) go to the Rotary. They put on a great fireworks show as we open all the concession stands and the paddock café, too. Gates open at 6:00, so bring family and friends and “play in the park” before the fireworks start around 9:15 p.m.
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Sam Posey's Interview at the Mahaiwe Theater is online

 

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If you weren't able to attend... Listen to Sam and Ellen Posey, along with Trans Am president John Clagett, as they talked about Paul Newman before the screening of the Adam Carolla film “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington Mass., a day before the Lime Rock Park Trans Am Memorial Day race weekend. We recorded the audio, plus we added a number of old and new photos to this 29-minute "video." Great stuff, click here!

 

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Royals Car Show Re-Cap

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A Royal Turnout at Lime Rock’s Sunday Royals Car Show

  Earth-shaking muscle cars, supercharged Sprites, pristine pickups and unrestored “survivors” were just some of the more than 400 cars, trucks and motorcycles that lined the track at Sunday’s sixth annual Royals Garage Car Show at historic Lime Rock Park.

(Click here to see a great collection of photos from the Royals Car Show taken by Greg Clark and Michael DiPleco, LRP's official shooters. You do not need to be a Facebook "member" in order to view the gallery.)

But this was more than just another car show: All of the $5 and $10 bills handed in by entrants and spectators will go to the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills in association with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the “Butterfly Affair” fundraising Gala, as part of this year’s charitable joint venture between the Royals family and Skip Barber, famed race winner and president of  Lime Rock Park.

“Skip donates the track and its personnel, and we donate our time as a way to give something back to the community on a day when the track is closed to racing,” noted Glenn Royals who, with brother J.R., owns and operates Royals’ Garage in Torrington. While the general-repair facility, opened nearly 40 years ago, specializes in Corvettes and has worked on cars owned by “Cannonball” racer Brock Yates and actor Michael J. Fox, “we’re just as fussy with our regular customers’ cars,” said Royals.

Perhaps most impressive is this Lime Rock event’s inclusiveness: It’s open to nearly anything with something special to separate it from more-plebian transport. And it brought some truly special cars indeed.

When was the last time you saw two original, unrestored cars with their original owners? Bill Eichner’s 1963 Ford Galaxy 500 looked as fresh as when he drove it off the showroom floor. And Russ Truelove’s 1956 Mercury Monterey NASCAR stocker appeared to have just roared off the old Daytona Beach track where he raced it that year. Survivor cars also included a 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger with 17,000 miles, a 26,000-mile 1993 Mazda RX7 that looked barely broken-in, and a red 1954 Austin-Healey 100 that was clearly driven and enjoyed.

Four entries were distinguished enough to win their lucky owners trophies awarded by the Lime Rock-Royals team...

• “Royals Crown” A numbers-matching 1969 Camaro Z/28 in Rally Green owned by David Stelly of West Granby, Conn., captured the Royals Crown. “J.R. chose it,” Glenn Royals confided. “It’s an absolutely perfect restoration”

• “Veterans Vote” Stutz hit the American performance-car scene decades before the first Corvette. Torrington resident John Grunder’s 1929 Stutz Blackhawk was rare and stunning enough to win the Veteran’s Vote. Sat the presentation, veterans were asked to stand with the car for the photos

• “Skip’s Selection” Michael O’Brien of Collinsville, Conn., won Skip’s Selection with his flawless red-and-black 1934 Ford Cabriolet custom. “I just really liked the looks of it,” said a clearly smitten Skip Barber

• “People’s Pick” A day of balloting gave spectators their say as well: Kerry Washay, also of Torrington, and his opulent metallic-blue 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville drove off with People’s Pick

The Royals family and Skip Barber have obviously figured out a great way to sate a car-crazy crowd at a race track where history lives. See you at the Seventh Annual!

- Robert Markovich

Robert Markovich is a car enthusiast of the highest order and is a semi-regular entrant in the Sunday in the Park Concours d' Elegance at each year's Lime Rock Historic Festival. We asked him to record his thoughts about the Sixth Annual Sunday Royals Garage Car Show.

A Royal Turnout at Lime Rock’s Sunday Royals Car Show

Earth-shaking muscle cars, supercharged Sprites, pristine pickups and unrestored “survivors” were just some of the more than 400 cars, trucks and motorcycles that lined the track at Sunday’s sixth annual Royals Garage Car Show at historic Lime Rock Park.

But this was more than just another car show: All of the roughly $6,000 to $8,000 in $5 and $10 bills handed in by entrants and spectators will go to the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills in association with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the “Butterfly Affair” fundraising Gala, as part of this year’s charitable joint venture between the Royals family and John “Skip” Barber III, famed race winner and president of  Lime Rock Park.

“Skip donates the track and its personnel, and we donate our time as a way to give something back to the community on a day when the track is closed to racing,” noted Glenn Royals who, with brother J.R., owns and operates Royals’ Garage in Torrington. While the general-repair facility, opened nearly 40 years ago, specializes in Corvettes and has worked on cars owned by “Cannonball” racer Brock Yates and actor Michael J. Fox, “we’re just as fussy with our regular customers’ cars,” said Royals.

Perhaps most impressive is this Lime Rock event’s inclusiveness: It’s open to nearly anything with something special to separate it from more-plebian transport. And it brought some truly special cars indeed.

When was the last time you saw two original, unrestored cars with their original owners? Bill Eichner’s 1963 Ford Galaxy 500 looked as fresh as when he drove it off the showroom floor. And Russ Truelove’s 1956 Mercury Monterey NASCAR stocker appeared to have just roared off the old Daytona Beach track where he raced it that year. Survivor cars also included a 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger with 17,000 miles, a 26,000-mile 1993 Mazda RX7 that looked barely broken-in, and a red 1954 Austin-Healey 100 that was clearly driven and enjoyed.

Four entries were distinguished enough to win their lucky owners trophies awarded by the Lime Rock-Royals team...

“Royals Crown” A numbers-matching 1969 Camaro Z/28 in Rally Green owned by David Stelly of West Granby, Conn., captured the Royals Crown. “J.R. chose it,” Glenn Royals confided. “It’s an absolutely perfect restoration”

“Veterans Vote” Stutz hit the American performance-car scene decades before the first Corvette. Torrington resident John Grunder’s 1929 Stutz Blackhawk was rare and stunning enough to win the Veteran’s Vote. Sat the presentation, veterans were asked to stand with the car for the photos

“Skip’s Selection” Michael O’Brien of Collinsville, Conn., won Skip’s Selection with his flawless red-and-black 1934 Ford Cabriolet custom. “I just really liked the looks of it,” said a clearly smitten Skip Barber

“People’s Pick” A day of balloting gave spectators their say as well: Kerry Washay, also of Torrington, and his opulent metallic-blue 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville drove off with People’s Pick

The Royals family and Skip Barber have obviously figured out a great way to sate a car-crazy crowd at a race track where history lives. See you at the Seventh Annual!

- Robert Markovich

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