Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT announced on Thursday its race groups for the Historic Festival 31 to be held over Labor Day weekend.
According to Murray Smith, Chairman of Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 31, more than 300 historic cars are due to compete in the event that takes place August 30 through September 2nd.
This year Lime Rock Park is celebrating the “birthdays” of iconic cars and marques. Historic Festival 31 celebrates the anniversaries of Aston Martin, now 100 years old; a reunion of the Cunningham marque at 60 years old (Smith says to expect an unprecedented array); the Corvette, also 60; the Porsche 911, introduced 50 years ago; as well as the Lotus Elan’s 50th. In addition, according to organizers, “there will be extraordinary vehicles from the stable of Honored Collector, Laurence Auriana.”
Race Groups for Historic Festival 31 at Lime Rock Park (list and descriptions provided by Smith):
- Group 1, for the Lime Rock Cup: Nippy & Agile, road-going production sports and GT cars
- Group 2, for the VSCCA Bowl, The Dawn of Real Performance, early sports and racing cars
- Group 3, for the Anglo-Italian Ingot, Fast, Furious & Fun, Formula Junior
- Group 4, for the Chairman’s Mug, Fifties & Sixties Flyers, mid-century sports racing cars
- Group 5, for the Posey Plate, The Real Deal, authentic Trans-Am cars
- Group 6, for Skip’s Challenge Award, No Holds Barred, Formula Libre single-seaters
- Group 7, for Mick’s Magnum Classic and Sports Car Magazine Cup, Wild, Wild Horses, big-bore production sports and GT cars (Mick is Mick Walsh, editor of “Classic & Sports Car Magazine”)
- Group 8, for the Litchfield Cup, Not Quite Street Legal, modified production cars (Litchfield is Litchfield County, CT, where Lime Rock Park is located)
- Group 9, for the Timolat Trophy Sophisticated & Specialized, post-1965 sports racing cars (Timolat is Lime Rock resident Lou Timolat, a long-time entrant in the Historic Festival vintage races and whose late daughter Stephanie worked at the track)
Lime Rock has hosted this racing event, which includes an elegant concours on Sunday, since 1983. According to event organizers, “No other venue in the U.S. has three days of on-track racing sandwiching a prestigious concours event all on the same property.”
For tickets or more information about Historic Festival 31, consult the track’s website.
Tip: Area accommodations book up early, since the festival is held over Labor Day weekend in the Connecticut Berkshires.
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