The Lime Rock Park Historic Festival, set to run Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, will feature a wealth of different machinery and Sir Stirling Moss in attendance.Run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, the 30th running of the event is 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, the popular Sunday in the Park Concours as well as the Gathering of the Marques which features beautiful machinery from local car clubs stretching around the entire 1.5-mile circuit. Opened in 1957, Lime Rock Park has played host to champions such as Moss, Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill and Mark Donohue. Through the years the stars of the 1960s, '70s and '80s in Can-Am, Camel GTP, F5000, Trans-Am and Formula Atlantic have done battle around the challenging 1.5-mile circuit.
Many of those cars will get the chance to again tackle the circuit at this year's Historic Festival. First held in 1983, this year's event looms as the most successful ever with capacity grids in all 10 different categories.
“For fans of automotive and motorsport history, there is really nothing like this anywhere in the country,” said event chairman Murray Smith (RIGHT).
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.
Moss is no stranger to the Lime Rock Historic Festival, having competed there in a Maserati 250 Formula 1 machine in 1989. He also ran an SCCA endurance event at Lime Rock in a Porsche in 1985. 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.
Cars competing at the Lime Rock Historic Festival 30 presented by Jaguar will include:
Sports & Grand Touring Cars
Speedy Single-Seaters, Formula Junior & Formula Ford
Pre-War Competition Cars
Superlative Formula Cars, Historic Grand Prix, Formula 2 & Atlantic
Wild, Wild Horses and Big Bore Production Machines
50s Sports Racers from Goodwood to the Bahamas
Sophisticated Sports Racers
Sporting Sedans & Roadsters
Small Bore Production Cars
Best of British