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Give us one sentence that describes, for you, Lime Rock’s Vintage Festival!

Give us one sentence that describes, for you, Lime Rock’s Vintage Festival! 

The 27th Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park begins Friday, September 4, and we promise, it will be the biggest and best in years. If you’ve come in previous years, you know that’s one heck of a claim – the annual Vintage Festival at Lime Rock has always been one of the best, most anticipated events for car nuts and their families.

But we can back it up...

  • There are at least 100 more cars entered in the race groups than last year
  • There are more races on Saturday -- and Monday is nothing but races
  • Also for the first time, there will be some “enduro” races – look for pit stops and driver changes, really rare for vintage racing events!
  • The “Sunday in the Park” car show is huge. Just picture this: the ENTIRE track lined with show cars, which has never happened before. And… all car marques will be placed in order by year giving fans a “walk through time” feeling. And who doesn’t love a live band, food, libation and a golf cart ride back to your car in the parking lot?
  • One of the most important Grand Prix cars in history, the 1939 Mercedes-Benz W 154 Silver Arrow, will not only be here, but for the first time in 70 years, on Saturday and Monday it will be started up and run on the track!...

... and the clincher? It looks very much like the weather is going to be beautiful.

Remember, the largest Swap Meet in a long time will be filling the B Paddock, there’s Kid Karting up on the Midway, complimentary Paddock Tours, and famous racing author Burt Levy (The Last Open Road, Montezuma’s Ferrari, Toly’s Ghost and more) will be “signing-and-selling” near the Driving Impressions racing store. Lots to do when you’re not enjoying the racing.

So what’s with the headline?

Here’s the deal: e-mail back to us one sentence that, for you, best describes the Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park. Be sure to include your name and what town you’re from.

For those that we judge the best, you will be highlighted in the Front Page story on the Lime Rock website Thursday, September 3.

Put your thinking caps on, folks!

As always, Lime Rock parking is free, camping free and kids 12-and-under are admitted free. For tickets, go to www.limerock.com, or call 1.800.RACE LRP (800.722.3577).

See you at the track!

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LAST DAY FOR ADVANCE TICKET SALES!!

LAST DAY FOR ADVANCE TICKET SALES!! 

Only a week away from the Vintage Festival, Labor Day weekend festivities at Lime Rock Park, September 4-7, 2009.  And today is the LAST DAY to purchase advance tickets at a discounted price.

Friday: $15
Saturday: $35
Sunday: $20
Monday: $35
Weekend: $80

Starting at 5pm today, Friday, discounted advance tickets will stop and tickets will be sold at gate pricing:

Friday: $20
Saturday: $45
Sunday: $25
Monday: $45
Weekend: $135

Buy now and save! Visit www.limerock.com or call 800 RACE LRP for the race weekend event schedule and to purchase tickets.

See you at the track!
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Want to be a Vintage VIP?

Want to be a Vintage VIP?

Vintage Festival VIP Fan Hospitality is new, different and improved

Tickets are still available for September 5th and 7th Fan Hospitality. Here are the highlights:

* Just for the Vintage Festival, we are erecting a new steel-and-glass structure that’s air-conditioned, hard-floored and with bathrooms. It will be in the same great location, between the two infield chalet buildings

* For the first time, VIP Fan Hospitality is now available for both Saturday and/or Monday. Last year, it was only for Saturday. But we moved practice to Friday, which means Saturday morning qualifying, afternoon racing and all-day Monday are nothing but races! We’ve scheduled both Sprints and Enduros, so the action will be non-stop on both days

* The Guest Speaker roster is tremendous. Vic Elford is considered one of the best all-round drivers in racing history, and he along with Sam Posey – will Sam and Vic duke it out in front of us to claim “best all-rounder” honors? – will be informative and entertaining indeed. Also a great opportunity to take photos, get autographs and ask questions

* We’ve asked Go-Go Karting to bring their Kid Karts and side-by-side karts to the Midway for this event. Children in Fan Hospitality get a free round of racing at Go-Go.

* The Fan Hospitality Raffle Prizes are very nice, too: Hot Laps!, a Harpoon Brewery Gift Box, Lake Compounce tickets, gift certificates to Driving Impressions, passes for karting at Grand Prix New York (a large, classy indoor facility in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.), a signed Burt “B.S.” Levy racing novel and more!

As always, the purchase of a VIP Fan Hospitality pass gets you good food and drink, special Paddock Tours, prime viewing, a “swag bag” of goodies, a Souvenir Program and Poster, courtesy golf cart rides and more.

Saturday VIP Fan Hospitality is $125 (plus track admission); children 12-and-under, $30 (admission free)

Monday VIP Fan Hospitality is $125 (plus track admission): children 12-and-under, $30 (admission free)

Don’t miss out on Vintage Festival VIP Fan Hospitality. Go to www.limerock.com to order online, or call 1-800-RACE-LRP (800.722.3577)

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“Vic” for vintage nuts, karts for kids – and fun for everyone

“Vic” for vintage nuts, karts for kids – and fun for everyone

Honest-to-Pete news from Lime Rock Park!
What’s new, different & better at this year’s Vintage Festival

Click here for the event schedule

There’s a lot to talk about, so please pardon the length of this e-mail. So we’ll get right to the point – bullet points, to be precise...

The Race Cars:

* The entry list is huge... more than 271 entries, the largest in years
* Nine different race groups (detailed below – check out the group names!)
* More racing: Saturday afternoon and all day Monday
* Sprint and Enduro races – including pit stops
* Very, very rare appearance of the 1939 Mercedes-Benz W 154 Silver Arrow – including laps

Race Group 1 is for the Motorsport Trophy (pre-war, sports cars, front-engine race cars) and includes a ’29 Bugatti 37A, a ’59 Watson Indy 500 Roadster, a ’39 Lagonda LG45 – even a ’32 Plymouth Sprinter

G2 is for the Lime Rock Cup (1950s over/under 2-litre sports cars): Look for Porsches, Aston Martins, Abarths, Jags, Lotus, Fraser Nash

G3, for the Chapman Award (1950s over/under 2-litre sports cars), includes Lotus 7s, Elvas, Lolas, Ginettas, OSCAs, the Philson Falcon and the Kurtis 500S

G4 is a terrific collection for the Lakeville Cup (sport road cars/sedans of the mid-20th century) where you’ll see Triumphs, Datsuns, Alfa Romeos, Morgans, Sunbeams, Saabs, Volvos and Minis

G5 is for the Harpoon Heaven trophy (high-performance sports race cars over/under 2-litre) and runs the gamut from Ferraris and Lotus to Allards and Ford Escorts

G6 is called “Skip’s Salver” (Formula Ford, B-, C- and Junior), a wonderful collection of open-wheelers: Venus, Zink, Crossle, McLaren, Cooper, Brabham, Tecno, Titan – the list is almost endless

G7 is for the Bennett Bowl (1970s sports race cars over/under 2-litre): Chevrons, Tigas, “Toj,” Mallocks, Matich and more

G8 is All Porsche (Klub Sport Kup), 1967 through 1974 (an IROC Porsche!). It’s a point race for a championship called the Klub Sport Challenge

And G9 is Trans-Am and production race cars: Mustangs, Corvettes, 240Zs, Porsche RSRs and 944s, Shelbys – the big bombers

And the 1939 Mercedes-Benz W 154 Silver Arrow? One of the world’s greatest race cars, this very famous machine has not been fired up and run on a race track since it last competed in 1939 – and you can be a witness to it doing just that during the Vintage Festival!

A stellar attraction of the legendary period from 1934 to 1939, the W 154 represents the apogee of the supercharger era of Mercedes-Benz's racing vehicles. Rudolf Carraciola drove a Silver Arrow to the Grand Prix world title in 1938. The car dominated again in 1939, piloted by Hermann Lang. Germany's Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union GP motor racing vehicles between 1934 and 1939 were dubbed “Silver Arrows” by the press, applying later to Mercedes-Benz F1 and sports cars from 1954 onward.

Very few of these cars were built and many were broken up or simply disappeared during the war era 1939-45 war. Audi has commissioned several replicas of their Auto Union ancestors which appear at important vintage events. But the W 154 Mercedes coming to Lime Rock is the real thing, campaigned by the likes of Lang, Carraciola and England’s Dick Seaman, who won the 1938 German Grand Prix.

VIP Fan Hospitality:

* Available Saturday and Monday
* Now in a big, cool, high-tech glass-and-steel structure that we rented just for the Vintage Festival
* A very classy roster of speakers for Q&A: Vic Elford, Sam Posey and Skip Barber
* Children in Fan Hospitality get a free round of racing with Go-Go Karting (see below), happening on the Midway
* Fan Hospitality Raffle Prizes; bigger, better, cooler
* As always, VIP Fan Hospitality gets you good food and drink, a “swag bag” of goodies, a Souvenir Program, personalized Paddock Tours, prime viewing, courtesy golf cart rides and more.

To have Vic Elford as a guest speaker is a very special deal. A wonderful guy, a great speaker, funny, smart – and one hell of a race car driver. In the odd chance that you’re not sure who he is... Vic is a former sportscar racing, rallying and Formula One driver from England. He participated in 13 World championship F1 Grands Prix, debuting in 1968. Elford scored a total of 8 championship points.

Nicknamed "Quick Vic" by his peers, Elford was mainly a famous sports car competitor as well as a successful rally driver, associated often with Porsche. In 1967 Elford was European rally champion in a works Porsche 911. Among other victories, he won the 1968 Rally Monte Carlo in a Porsche 911 and only a week later the 24 Hours of Daytona in a Porsche 907, Porsche's first ever overall win in a 24 hour race.

Later that year, he also won the Targa Florio teamed with veteran Umberto Maglioli in a famous come-from-behind race after he lost 18 minutes in the first lap due to a tire failure (Elford established several lap records in this race). Elford then entered the French Grand Prix and finished fourth in his first F1 race – a wet one, too. By finishing the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix despite troubles, he became the only pilot to do well in both famous events in Monte Carlo. And if you end up buying a Fan Hospitality pass, you get to meet him. Pretty cool, huh? Ask him about his years as a Skip Barber Racing School instructor...

Sunday in the Park Car Show:
* Fantastic collection of show cars – enough to probably line the entire 1.53 miles of Lime Rock Park, which has never happened before. Shelby, Morgan (it’s the 100th anniversary of this wonderful make), Porsche (50th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America -Connecticut Valley Region), Lotus, Rolls-Royce – hundreds of examples of dozens of marques. Live music, Big Bend Tavern, Specialty car displays and more. Do not miss Sunday in the Park.

Midway:
* Go-Go Karting will bring their Kid Karts and side-by-side karts. Hello, family fun!

Swap Meet:
* It’s the biggest and best in years. At least 60 different sellers will be set up in B Paddock

Other Vintage Festival highlights include 11 different Car Corrals and the ever-popular Fan Specialty Parking Area. And if you haven’t been to Lime Rock in a couple years, we now have fantastic new viewing areas, a long trackside walkway, courtesy golf cart rides, $2 “hassle-free” water stations, beautiful new landscaping – and still not a grandstand to be had. As always, parking is free, paddock access is free and children 12-and-under pay no admission.

The Vintage Festival is truly a community affair:

Many businesses, charity groups and local cultural landmarks love the spirit and fun of the Vintage Festival, taking it to heart and organizing events specifically surrounding the weekend. Look what’s on tap!

* Benefit Concert to Celebrate Music Mountain's 80th Birthday
Located in Falls Village, Music Mountain, the oldest summer chamber music festival in the U.S., is celebrating its 80th season with a special benefit concert on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 3:00 p.m. with the critically acclaimed Shanghai String Quartet and guest pianist Juana Zayas recreating the original 1930 opening concert featuring Beethoven, Ravel and Schumann.

Governor Jodi Rell has proclaimed Sept. 6 "Music Mountain Day" throughout the state. Adding to the festivities and recalling the early days of Music Mountain, Lime Rock Park has arranged for a 1936 Cord 4-door, a 1919 Ford "Woody" station wagon and a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe to be parked on the grounds. Following the concert and greeting of visiting dignitaries, there will be a champagne and birthday cake reception. Benefit tickets are $80 and can be purchased online, www.musicmountain.org or by phone, 860.824.7126.

* Darren Winston Bookseller, a new shop in Sharon, Conn. (with a special racing and automobilia section), has an open artist’s reception for noted American contemporary artist Duncan Hannah, Saturday, Sept. 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Described by at least one critic as a master of “Tweed and Speed,” Hannah’s canvas subjects often depict mid-century British sensibilities – and race cars on the track. Want to go? The address is Darren Winston, Bookseller, 81 Main Street, Sharon, Conn. 06069, 860.364.1890

One last, cool thing... Now that you’ve taken the time to read this entire e-mail, here’s a little reward: Reply to this e-mail and your name will be entered into a Vintage Festival drawing. If you’re one of the winners, you will get to wave the green flag on the front straight for one of the vintage races! When you reply, change the subject line to read, “Vintage Green Flag Contest,” and you might get an experience of a lifetime...

To purchase tickets or directions to Lime Rock Park, go to www.limerock.com or call 1.800.RACE.LRP (1.800.722.3577).

See you at the track!

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What Makes the Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park Great?

What Makes the Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park Great?

Come Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7 and see!

Lime Rock Park’s Vintage Festival is just a bit more than two weeks away and it will truly be one of the best in the Festival’s 27 years. There are at least 240 entries – 70 more than last year – and there are nine huge race groups.

What makes the Vintage Festival such a great event?

  • Hundreds of ready-to-race vintage cars
  • A vibrant paddock, bristling with history, where you can walk right up to the owners and cars
  • New this year: Friday is all practice and qualifying, making Saturday and Monday but non-stop sprint and endurance races
  • The bigger-and-better-every-year “Sunday in the Park,” one of the finest car shows on the East Coast, hundreds of cars lining much of Lime Rock’s 1.53 miles
  • Some of you will remember seeing these cars when they raced in their heydays ... while other folks will know of these cars and their place in racing lore, but have never seen them up close – until now
  • A teeming Swap Meet, where all manner of automotive treasures will be on view and for sale
  • Lime Rock Park is a beautiful venue, unlike any other road racing circuit in North America. No grandstands; just trees, grassy hillsides and a setting that just might take your breath away

You want a taste of the kinds of cars accepted into this year’s Vintage Festival? Click here for a PDF of the entry list. We didn’t have the room to list every car, but you’ll see everything from one-off specials of the 1930s to Lolas, McLarens, Crossles, Chevrons, Alfas, Vettes, Coopers, Brabhams... a stunning entry list, to say the least.

And we haven’t even mentioned the presence of one of the rarest cars in the vintage universe, the Mercedes-Benz W 154 Silver Arrow, a Grand Prix racing car designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The W154 competed in the 1938 and 1939 Grand Prix seasons and was used by Rudolf Caracciola to win the 1938 European Championship.

The engine is a 3000cc supercharged V12, attaining an output between 425-474 horse power. In 1939, the 2-stage supercharged version of this 2,961.54cc V12 engine recorded a test-bed power of 476 b.h.p. at 7,800 rpm.

And the current owner, The Collier Collection of Naples, Fla., plans on taking this fantastic Grand Prix car on-track for demonstration laps on Saturday and Monday – a rare occurrence indeed!

The 27th Annual Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park. Come join the extravaganza!

Tickets are available on-line at limerock.com, or by calling 1-800-RACE-LRP (800-722-3577).

As always, parking is free, and children 12-and-under are admitted free. Be sure to ask about purchasing a “VIP Fan Hospitality” pass, too.

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