Historic Sportscar Racing Joins VSCCA At Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival
LAKEVILLE, Conn. - One of the largest vintage and historic car racing weekends in the Northeast will be even bigger and better in 2000.
Historic Sportscar Racing will co-sanction the 18th Annual Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival Sept. 1-4 along with the Vintage Sports Car Club of America. Historic Sports Racing will feature the cars from the 1960s, '70s, '80s and early '90s that helped build Lime Rock's reputation as the "Road Racing Center of the East."
"Historic Sportscar Racing will only enhance the strong sports car tradition that has been established by the VSCCA at the Vintage Festival," said Skip Barber, Lime Rock President. "The VSCCA has helped us build a tradition of exceptional vintage racing at Lime Rock by featuring some of the most impressive cars from the pre-war and other early racing periods. Historic Sportscar Racing will bring even greater diversity to the event by drawing from the modern era of the sport, including many of the race cars our fans grew up watching here at The Park."
The Lime Rock Vintage Festival will host races for Historic Sportscar Racing's MCI WorldCom Dash Series, Rolex Endurance Challenge Series, along with a feature race for the International ThunderSports Cup Series
The ThunderSports group includes IMSA GTP and GTP Lights prototypes, original and center-seat Can-Am cars, FIA Championship and 2-liter sports racers. Last year at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the top qualifiers recorded times that were quick enough to be in the Top 10 spots for the actual 24-hour race. The Daytona event drew Porsche 935s and 962s, March, Nissan and Spice GTPs, Ferrari 512s, Lola T70s and 2-liter Chevrons. The Vintage Festival will be the fifth race in the six-race ThunderSports Cup Series.
HSR is entering its 10th season and will sanction an 11-race schedule in 2000. Some of the most prestigious tracks in the country, including Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta, will hold HSR events this year.
The Vintage Sports Car Club of America will feature the timeless pre-war, vintage sports racing and vintage production cars from the pre-1960 eras, competing in period-accurate racing trim. Under the direction of the VSCCA, more than 200 of the country's top vintage race cars have made the annual pilgrimage to Lime Rock on Labor Day weekend. The beauty and style of Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus, Porsche, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Lola, MG, Triumph, Cobra and many more will be on display at the Vintage Festival.
"We feel that combining Historic Sportscar Racing and the VSCCA brings us the best of both worlds in vintage racing," Lime Rock General Manager Garret Mudd said. "The Vintage Festival will showcase the true vintage, period-accurate cars of the VSCCA and the more modern, historic race cars of HSR."
Sunday, Sept. 3 will be "Show Day" at the Vintage Festival, when Lime Rock Park will be transformed into a classic car museum. Countless rare and beautiful automobiles will be on exhibit in car shows that will stretch down the entire length of the front straight and into Big Bend. This year, each race entry will receive a complimentary entry to the Concours d'Elegance, further showcasing the extraordinary variety of racing machines and allowing fans to get an up close look at the historic cars which will make up the racing field.
The Vintage Festival Swap Meet, which runs throughout the weekend, will be a showcase for automotive memorabilia where fans may find anything from out-of-print shop manuals, die-cast models, used cars or old racing magazines and programs. It's a Labor Day weekend tradition that honors the tradition of racing.
For more information about the 18th Annual Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival call 1-800-RACE-LRP or visit Lime Rock's Web site at www.limerock.com.