Drawing from two hemispheres, four continents and numerous states up, down, between and beyond America’s two coasts, Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 35 has drawn close to 275 authentic vintage race car entries for its 36 races – 18 on Saturday, September 2 and 18 on Labor Day Monday, September 4 – with an average starting grid size of nearly 30.
Murray Smith, chairman of Historic Festival 35 presented by the Prestige Family of Fine Cars, has released the entry list (subject to some tweaking) for the nine race groups. www.limerockhistorics.com/Data/entrants/Entry-List-HF35.pdf
As expected, because of the large number of Formula Juniors – Lime Rock is one of the U.S. stops on the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour 2016-2018 – there are two FJ race groups: Front-engined and drum-braked (22 entrants thus far), and rear-engined (25).
The Lime Rock races of the FJ Diamond Jubilee World Tour are the mid-point of their North American outings for the Bob Woodward Trophy. Special Guest Ray Mallock will race the 1960 Mallock U2 Mk2 chassis 2 designed by his father and built by John Harwood whose successful European campaigns included a Nürburgring victory. Ray oversaw its restoration to original 1960 specification and steered it to third in the 2016 Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Making sure he has no easy time of it will be Duncan Rabagliati, chairman of the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association, and his 1959 Alexis.
Richard Attwood with a 1966 Holman Ford GT40 will be the one to beat in the “Eric’s Delight” race group of “single-minded sports racing cars.” Michael Kaleel will honor Eric Broadley, the late founder of Lola Cars, with his 1962 Lola MK1. This group also has Ginettas, a Lancia D24, a Royale, a Tojeiro, a Devin, Tony Wang racing his 1957 Maserati 300S, the Philson Falcon, a 1958 Cooper Monaco T49 and all manner of Loti.
The ringer in the “Tin Top Dreams” group is Simon Kirkby – he’s the director and head driver coach of the private Lime Rock Drivers Club – who will be thrashing his 1973 Hillman Imp against 33 other tin-toppers, including La Carrera Panamericana and Targa Newfoundland champion Bill Shanahan and his 1959 Alfa Romeo 1900 S.
Tom Cotter returns to the 1.5-mile classic circuit (Lime Rock is celebrating its 60th year in 2017) with his 1964 Corvette Roadster, entered into the “Skip’s Nightmares” group of “Grand Touring miscellany.” Lime Rock Park President Skip Barber’s class features Corvettes, Shelby and Ford Mustangs, Porsches, Jaguars and a Lotus.
This year’s August 31- September 4 Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 35 presented by the Prestige Family of Fine Cars green flags with the seventh Vintage Race and Sports Car Parade on August 31. The September 3 Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance will showcase approximately 200 rare and unique cars from the Brass Era to modern as well as motorcycles, and the Gathering of the Marques will line the track with another 800+ cars grouped by make, country of origin or enthusiast club. Also on Sunday is the Lime Rock-Dragone Auction – the first auction here in a decade and a half – where most of the Lots are listed No Reserve.
Quality, caliber and breadth of cars and drivers earned the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival a nomination as Motorsports Event of the Year 2016 by the International Historic Motoring Awards. Smith says “Four days of splendid racing of important, historic and authentic cars and a world-class concours d’elegance at the same site on the same weekend, make Lime Rock’s vintage extravaganza unique.”
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