Lakeville, CT — With three days of racing, an esteemed concours event on the Sam Posey straight, a road rally and a gathering of the marques, there is nothing quite like Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival on Labor Day weekend. Get car registration info.
The revered tradition is back with this year’s 39th annual celebration of automotive history and beauty.
The event will start Thursday, Sept. 2 with the Vintage Race Car & Sports Car Parade of more than 100 cars safely touring 17 miles of roads in the surrounding area. Friday will feature the first full day of on-track action with practice and qualifying, with the Swap Meet also opening.
Racing will come in to full focus on Saturday and Monday, with competition comprising 16 classes among hundreds of entries, including two very unique classes this year. In addition to a robust field of air-cooled Porsches, a very large contingent of rare and rapid pre-war class machines including a Type 59 Bugatti, an ERA and an 8C Alfa will be in action.
Sunday will feature upwards of 1,000 cars lining the track, all grouped by make, country of origin, or model for the Gathering of the Marques.
Sunday in the Park, The Lime Rock Concours brings a quiet crescendo as the judged portion of the event will feature six special classes including the “Best of Britain,” with iconic British postwar touring and sports cars, “Grand Prix Greats,” showcasing historically important cars from the Festival’s racing events, “Country Style” with Classic Woodies through the 1960’s, “Alternate Energies” with Steam and Electric cars, “Continental Style” American Power machines, and “Local Heroes” featuring Cars of the Northeast.
There will be 10 traditional Concours classes including classes for pre- and post-war European and American cars, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Japanese performance cars, Competition cars, Motorcycles and the always popular Barn Find/Preservation class.
Additionally, the Concours will include a special judged category for air-cooled Porsche 911s as well as the iconic Porsche 356.