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Race Groups Announced for HF30

Fans of iconic Lime Rock Park track have been celebrating the circuit’s 55th anniversary in 2012, but the upcoming Labor Day vintage weekend will provide enthusiasts with an additional insight into automotive history – the 30th running of the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival presented by Jaguar, August 31 to September 3, featuring Sir Stirling Moss.

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Unlike any other historic motorsport event in the country, not only will fans get the chance to see a huge variety of historic cars from pre-war racers to 1970s Formula 1 machinery on track on Saturday and Monday, the event also incorporates a race car parade visiting local towns plus a street fair in nearby Falls Village on Thursday. Of course, the prestigious Sunday in the Park Concours  (Sept. 2) is central to the weekend, paired with the Gathering of the Marques which features beautiful machinery from local car clubs stretching around the entire 1.5 mile circuit.

“For fans of automotive and motorsport history, there is really nothing like this anywhere in the country,” event Chairman Murray Smith said.

“There are fantastic historic races and brilliant Concours events in other parts of the country, but to combine both in the same weekend along with the Gathering of the Marques, the parade and the street fair is a great drawing card.

“That unique aspect and the attraction of racing on a beautiful circuit like Lime Rock has given us capacity grids and provides fans in the surrounding areas of Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts a chance to really enjoy some outstanding automotive history.”

As an added attraction for this year’s event, British Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss returns as the guest of honor. With 16 wins, 16 poles and 24 podiums in only 66 Formula 1 starts, Moss is acknowledged as one of the finest drivers in Formula 1 history.

Remarkably, despite those incredible performances, he never managed to win the Formula 1 championship – finishing second on four occasions and third three times.

Moss is not a total stranger to the Lime Rock Historic Festival, having competed here in a Maserati 250 Formula 1 machine in 1989. He also previously competed here in 1985 in a Sports Car Club of America endurance event aboard a Porsche, paired with Innes Ireland.

To celebrate his attendance, many of the famous machines that he drove throughout his career will be on track including cars from Vanwall, Cooper, Maserati, Jaguar and BMW.

“Having Sir Stirling come back to Lime Rock for the event is an amazing bonus. Despite being 82 years old and having retired from Formula 1 in 1963, he only 'officially' retired from active competition 12 months ago,” Smith said.

“I’m sure he’d still love the opportunity to take a couple of laps while he is here. The cars he drove will also be featured in the Sunday in the Park Concours event.

“The Lime Rock Park track and this event really has the historic racing community excited because it is such a beautiful place to come and compete. That is also a real credit to the track owner, Skip Barber, an American motorsports icon from his own career and what he achieved in training the champions of the future through the Skip Barber Racing Schools across the country.

“But what he has achieved in maintaining Lime Rock Park as a premier motorsports venue deserves even more credit. It is a beautiful place to race and a beautiful place to come and watch.”

Smith recently announced the race groups for Historic Festival 30 presented by Jaguar...

Group 1
Sports & Grand Touring Cars... Power vs. Agility
Group 2
Speedy Single-Seaters
Group 3
Pre-War Competition Cars
Group 4
Superlative Formula Cars: Historic Grand Prix (1966-1983), Formula 2 & Atlantic
Group 5
Wild, Wild Horses... Big Bore Production Machines
Group 6
50s Competition Cars, from Goodwood to the Bahamas
Group 7
Sophisticated Sports Racers
Group 8
International Sedans & Roadsters
Group 9
Alfas Galore
Group 10
Sportscar Salad

“If race fans haven’t been to the Historic Festival previously, the other unique thing they will find is the fact that they can get up close and personal with the cars and the drivers as well,” Smith adds.

“There will be more than 300 amazing cars from a huge variety of eras filling the paddock here – it really is like coming to an automotive museum, except you can also see These cars compete on track on the same weekend.”

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Take a look at Sir Stirling's website

The legendary Sir Stirling Moss does not often get to America's East Coast, yet Lime Rock Park has him coming to the upcoming Historic Festival 30 August 31 - September 3. Sir Stirling has a very good website and even for those of us familiar with his outstanding career, there is a lot of good information and interesting highlights to be found on his official website. Go ahead and click here to take a look...

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Ferrari Challenge Re-cap

It was not just about the racin'
With weather reminiscent of springtime in Maranello, Ferrari Challenge at Lime Rock Saturday, July 21,was a park-wide festa, Italian attitudine spilling out of the paddock and across the track’s near 400 acres. You couldn’t swing a meatball tied to a strand of spaghetti without hitting a Ferrari; old ones, new ones, racing ones, old racing ones. It was... fantastico.

And the racing was pretty darn good, too.

In race one, Onofrio Triarsi – he’s 40 and looks 19 – took the win to extend his Trofeo Pirelli points lead, with Carlos Kauffman second and Mike Zoi third. Fourth overall and first in the Coppa Shell division was Robert Herjavec (“Shark Tank” star), followed by class-mates Jose Valera and Guy LaClerc.

Race two was a Kauffmann cakewalk as he held Triarsi at bay the entire race, Zoi again garnering another P3. Winner of Coppa Shell was fourth-place LeClerc, over Ryan Ockey and Jim Booth.

You know what the day was?

Era una festa di Ferrari!

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Dempsey, Foster Grab a Podium    

In just their second outing in an ALMS Prototype 2 car, the #27 GNC Lola-Judd, Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster finished third in class and seventh overall in the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix Saturday, July 7 at Lime Rock Park. |

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