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Lime Rock Drivers Club: Fun in the Snow!

WAX Blast

This week’s crazily snowy conditions up and down the East Coast calls for a brand-new video, one that we shot just six days ago.

And by “we,” we mean Casey Keil, one of Lime Rock’s two brilliant photographers.

Casey is not afraid of the drone. Hold that thought...

The Lime Rock Drivers Club (LRDC) is the exclusive club whose members pay a not-unsubstantial sum to get, basically, two fantastic things: Racing and driving coaching of the highest order, and the run of the track – it becomes their personal, private playground – 40 to 60 days per year.

Hey, when you own a street McLaren or a Porsche GT3 Cup or a Radical or a Lambo Aventador, you’d be dumb not to join the LRDC, right?

Anyway, last Saturday the LRDC members put together what they called a “WAX” – a Winter Autocross Day – up in the Infield. Huge, huge fun, a bonfire, and of course the most important thing... hot chocolate.

Casey brought all his gear, including his brand-new drone (did you know you have to get an FAA license to legally use one? Yes, Casey has his license...), and shot the heck out of the day.

Then he put this video together.

Enjoy...



 

 

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29 Reasons to Buy an AX Day at LRP

(Heads up! Secret contest inside!) 

Besides being a whole tub o' fun, an Open Autocross Day at Lime Rock Park lets you learn and practice car-control skills. Something the drivers of these cars may have wished they had a tiny bit more of, right?

Anyway, because you were smart enough to click on the link that brought you here, you now have a chance to win a seat in a Lime Rock Park Open Enrollment Autocross Day.

That's right, be one of the first two (2) people to correctly identify the car (carmaker and model) in photo number 18, and an Open AX Day is yours. We don't expect you to know the exact year, but you need at least know the era.

The decision about who's right and who's wrong remains solely with Lime Rock's Impresario of the Autocross, the King of Exit Speed, the Nattering Nabob of Negative Camber... Mr. Walter "Swervin'" Irvine.

Email your guess direct to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ok, take a look at these "incidents," each, sadly, involving nice rides...

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...and he was only going 30 mph, right?

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Who thought a Mustang could get too hot?

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You be the judge on this one...

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I thought you were supposed to drive these off the back of the car carrier...

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Hey, Steve Miller! Not everything's better when wet!

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Proof that a Corvette will not fit in a shopping cart.

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The long forgotten Pontiac Tornados...

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T-boned and rolled... 

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Just cosmetic

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Cars from the 70s were known for their tree-hugging weight

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Looks like more shopping cart damage...

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New Vette color: Incendiary Blue Metallic

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The classic "I swear, it just fell out of the sky!" accident.

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Wait... another Corvette?

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What happens with too much wheel hop...

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Hope he had WeatherTech Floor Liners

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Oh, man, this looks almost... hey, is this what they mean by "car porn"?

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Tell us what this is and you can win an Autocross Day at Lime Rock Sat., Feb. 15

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Torque wrenches. Learn about 'em...

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No It can't be... another Corvette? What the hell's going on around here?

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I don't think this one's real... and it's another Corvette

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No comment

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I hope those lifts in the background didn't have anything to do with this...

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You know, this guy better stop overcooking his front brakes or else he's gonna be in real trouble... Um, is that another Vette?

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Yes, we know. It's a hot rod...

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If we turn this right side up, are we going to see another Vette?

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And you think the car's safe inside the closed trailer

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Oh, boy...

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The Beach Boys never sang about their 409s suffering this... Wait, this is a Chevelle, not an Impala.
Chevelles didn't have 409s. Did the Beach Boys ever sing about 396s? Or was that just the Monkees?

 

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Mythbusting!

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Sometimes, running a race track is like being in a reality TV show… you just can’t make up some of the stuff you see and hear. For example, on January 14, Skip Barber was at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit when a race fan came up and said, “Since ALMS and Grand-Am aren’t running at Lime Rock this year, I guess you guys won’t be having any big races in 2014, huh?”

Whoa! Cut the camera! While it’s true that as a result of the merger of Grand-Am and ALMS we went from hosting five major events to three, those three – IMSA Continental Tire Sports Cars/Porsche GT3 Cup, Historic Festival 32,  and the Trans-Am Season Finale – are big-field, exciting, solid race weekends, all with excellent support races. In addition (and as always), there will be two SCCA races, including the NARRCS, a Lime Rock staple for more than 50 years. Do we wish we had more races of that caliber on the schedule? Yes. We also wish it could be Christmas every day. But rest assured, oh ye faithful, the racing lamp at LRP will burn brightly in the ’14 season and you won’t be disappointed.

(Photos above, Conti Challenge, May 23-25, Memorial Day weekend; HF32, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Labor Day weekend; Trans-Am round 9, Sept. 19-20, LRP Season Finale)

Here’s another wacky myth that deserves some immediate busting: “If a racing or driving club doesn’t schedule dates with Lime Rock in 2014, it has no hope of getting a date in the future, right?” Um, wrong: Every winter, Lime Rock fields hundreds of calls and emails from folks interested in renting the track, skid pad, autocross and chalets, and we’ve been successful at accommodating almost everyone, whether they are first-timers or long-time regulars. If an organization isn’t able to find workable dates or simply doesn’t have an interest in a 2014 event, the track will figure out dates for them for 2015 and beyond. Of course, we could free up some more track time by eliminating the IMSA and Trans Am, but that’s not gonna happen (!).

Now this next myth might actually make sense if we were gardeners instead of racers: “Lime Rock closes in November and re-opens in April.” Sorry, Organic Mulch Breath, Lime Rock rents the autocross and hospitality chalets all year round, and even the 1.5-mile track is rentable under certain conditions. And of course, the Scheduling, Marketing, Accounting, Operations and Catering Departments are busy preparing for the next season.

Next up, a telecommunications myth: “Lime Rock has no cell- or smart-phone coverage.” Well, once upon a time, that was true, but now it totally isn’t. Did you not notice that big ol’ 3G AT&T cell tower (4G by April) between the two infield chalets? Works like a champ. In addition, just last month Verizon activated a brand new 4G tower two miles up Route 7 – and there’s a good chance other carriers will rent space on the that tower too – so you can talk, text and stream to your heart’s content. Can you hear me now? Oh, yeah.

And finally, the perennial, will-this-rumor-never-go-away, Grand Daddy Myth of them all: “Skip Barber wants to sell the track.” Actually… he doesn’t. But since his current plan is to not live forever, one day in the future, yes, he will sell the track. But on this he is very clear: It will be sold to someone who can ensure Lime Rock’s racing future. So please, no more golf course inquiries, ok? Skip is the ultimate caretaker of Lime Rock and will one day leave it to someone else to do the same. Until then, the track remains in his capable hands.

The bottom line is that Lime Rock Park is well-staged for a successful 2014 and way beyond. Skip Barber has not lessened his ongoing commitment to continually improve both the fan and driver/competitor/team experience at Lime Rock Park. We’re looking forward to an exciting, action-packed season this year, and we hope to see you!

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2014 Autocross Dates Published

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Lime Rock Park announced that it has scheduled 15 "Open Enrollment Autocross Days" for 2014, with the first one coming up Friday, January 17. Anyone can sign up for the popular program, no matter the experience or type of car.

Click here to see all the Autocross Days for 2014.
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2014 Race Schedule Announced

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Lime Rock Park’s 2014 event schedule was just greenlit by Skip Barber. Here it is!

The Season Opener: IMSA Continental Tire Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup, Sunday Royals Car Show
Memorial Day Weekend: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 23 – 25
The “Conti Tire” Challenge – some of the best stock car road racing in the world – is two big classes, Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST). Each has their own stand-alone race. In GS, you’ll see the big, loud and fast Camaros, Porsches, Mustangs, Aston Martins, BMWs and 370Zs banging fenders. The ST race has the quick and agile Hondas, VWs, BMW 128/328, Mazda 3/MX-5 and Porsche Boxsters. The U.S. version of the extremely popular Euro Porsche GT3 Cup series makes just its second-ever visit to Lime Rock, while the uniquely exciting VSCCA race adds a little history to the weekend. Capping the weekend is the Sunday Royals Car Show, which draws 200-400 prime vehicles of every kind – from rare sports cars and contemporary supercars to hundreds of muscle cars from the 60s and 70s – and benefits local charities.

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Historic Festival 32 & Sunday in the Park Concours
Labor Day Weekend: Thursday through Monday, August 28 – September 1
HF32 begins Thursday, August 28, with the Vintage Race Car Parade and Falls Village Street Fair, now in its fourth year: More than 120 cars bellow their way through a 17-mile rally route lined with spectators, ending in the fun, food and music – and impromptu car show – of the Street Fair in Falls Village. Come Friday, 300 historic race cars practice and qualify, then Saturday sees 20 fantastic races. August 31 is the famous Sunday in the Park concours d’elegance – 200-plus exceptional, invited entrants displayed on Sam Posey Straight – in concert with 600 collector cars deployed along the rest of Lime Rock’s 1.5 mile circuit that makes up the Gathering of the Marques element. On Labor Day Monday (Sept. 1), it’s back to racing, with 20 more races. Special guests, demo laps and noted collectors and their cars are also part of this historic racing extravaganza!

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The Season Finale: The Trans-Am Series
Friday and Saturday, September 19 – 20
America’s fastest, most powerful production-bodied sports cars are in the Trans-Am Series. Harkening back to its origins, Trans-Am is the playground for the “pony cars” – Chevy Camaros and Ford Mustangs with stock-block engines making more than 800 h.p., wrapped in tubeframe race chassis wearing iconic bodywork. A Trans-Am race is 100 frantic miles of wheel to wheel, nose to tail, hardcore American-style racing. Support races TBA.

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In addition, Lime Rock will host a summer SCCA Regional race weekend and, of course, the traditional early fall NARRC Run-offs, dates TBA.

Though not a spectator event, Lime Rock Park will also host, for the first time, the Optima Batteries/ChumpCar World Series, Monday, July 21.

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