October 31, 2012, we lost a great one...
October 31, 2012, we lost a great one...
65. It’s the new 35
When Paul Newman was 65, he was scoring top-10 results in Trans-Am. At 70, he was third in GT in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. When he was 78, PLN finished second-in-class (8th overall) at the Grand-Am Watkins Glen race. Morgan Shepherd, Jim Fitzgerald and Hershel McGriff all were racing at 65+. John Force and Jack Baldwin are still racing. There are countless vintage racers 65 and older.
“It’s not necessarily true that the ‘the older one gets, the faster one was,’” says Simon Kirkby, the director of the Lime Rock Drivers Club, paraphrasing the old racing adage. “The rush of driving a car quickly and safely, that pure enjoyment of lapping a race track, is not reserved only for those born after 1950!”
For driving enthusiasts of a certain age, the Lime Rock Drivers Club has unveiled a new membership option; the just-announced “senior speedster” membership class is designed for men and women 65 and older. It’s priced differently and allows those drivers to take advantage of all weekday Club days – and their choice of any five weekend dates – throughout the year.
“Few if any world-class, professional racing circuits have reached out to the older performance driving enthusiast,” Kirkby says. “They’re under-served, under-recognized. This new membership option addresses these drivers directly.”
The Senior Membership has a $16,500 initiation fee (includes applicable Conn. tax), along with annual dues of $3,630 (ditto). The memberships operate on renewable five-year terms. Like all LRDC memberships, club days include at least four hours of open lapping (no restrictive run groups), professional right-seat coaching, first-class catering, access to two clubhouses, winter driving events, off-site excursions and Lime Rock Park major-event credentials. No previous track experience or high performance driving background is required.
Speaking of age... Kirkby also said that LRDC now allows licensed teens 16 or older to drive Lime Rock’s race track. It had previously been a minimum age of 18. In addition, 15 year olds are now eligible to drive the autocross. Members and guests are encouraged to bring their young drivers to the autocross days to learn and practice the extremely valuable car-control skills lacking in traditional “driver training.”
The Lime Rock Drivers Club, created in 2007 by track president Skip Barber (“Drive your car the way it was meant to be driven”), is Lime Rock’s private membership group for enthusiasts who want to fully enjoy, on a world-famous and historic race track, the cars they normally drive on the street. Cars typically owned by Club Members are high-performing sports cars as well as their own- or rented race cars. World-class coaching comes from LRDC Coaching Chief Simon Kirkby and his hand-selected team of professional drivers. LRDC reserves 40 to 60 private track days per year strictly for the use of its members, plus member races and autocross- and car-control days.
All the Youngsters, Oldsters & In-Betweeners at Lime Rock Park
The blipshift.com Lime Rock Park “crowd-sourced” t-shirt design contest: We have a winner!
There were almost 90 entries, some amazing artwork – you guys made it really hard for the judges – and a lot of great ideas. We just think it’s so cool that a Lime Rock fan has designed a shirt that the whole world can buy.
First Place: "Since 1957," by Simon Paul (above)
Here’s Simon’s creative inspiration: “When you're here, you're trying to squeeze out every last drop of talent you've got. Like Paul Newman used to say, "When life gives you limes, make the apex." Or something like that. We may have misheard him. He was going pretty fast and we were sitting up on the hill...”
About the Artist, Simon Paul
Simon Paul is a user-interface designer and photography hobbyist. He has a background in industrial design and has had a passion for drawing since he was three years old. Simon is actively engaged in the design community and frequents local IDSA and IxDA events. He’s obsessed with always improving the user experience through research and user feedback. When he’s not designing websites, Simon is wrenching on cars or taking photos at local autocross events.
As the grand prize winner, he earned a Skip Barber One-Day Racing School. Congratulations, Simon.
The blipshift people originally intended to recognize two runners-up, each of whom would earn a $500 Gift Certificate to the Skip Barber Racing School. But Skip Barber and Sam Posey, the final judges, lobbied us hard to provide one more Racing School prize than was originally announced – hey, Skip’s the Boss and Sam’s the Legend – so we didn’t say “no.”
Here are all three runners-up...
Second Place: "State of Speed Seal," by Joe Clark
Replace the outline of Connecticut with the LRP track map, add the word “Fast” in front of “Transportation,” and you’ve got our second place finisher.
Third Place: "National Treasure," by Benjamin Duell
We’re going to re-work the graphic a bit; the concept is great...
Fourth Place: "Lime Rock Park as the Track," by Andrew Barca
Anybody remember the made-for-TV pop rock band The Monkees? Or the cover of the Beatles “Rubber Soul” album? That's what we were reminded of when this design hit the scene, man. It's groovy...
“Thanks!” to everyone who submitted designs to Blipshift’s Lime Rock tee shirt contest.
Hint: Keep an eye on Lime Rock’s online merchandise store. Just sayin'...
Lime Rock's video ace Jim Perry shot and edited some of the fun everybody had getting Camaro Z/28 hot laps from NASCAR star Jeff Gordon as part of the AARP Drive to End Hunger fundraiser this past Thursday. Great stuff, take a look!