BMW Announces Sponsorship of 20th Annual Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival.
WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ, JULY 23, 2002 - BMW of North America today announced they will be the presenting sponsor of the 20th Annual Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival taking place Labor Day weekend, August 30 through September 2, 2002.
This year, the Vintage Festival begins a new era under the direction of Steve Earle, the President of General Racing Ltd. and founder of the world renowned Monterey Historic Automobile Races. Joining Steve in the management team with Skip Barber is Murray Smith, founder of the Rockefeller Center Concours d'Elegance and an important figure in sponsorship development and event promotion.
Special events at this years' Vintage Festival will include a tribute to Sam Posey on the 35th anniversary of his record setting accomplishment as the first driver to break the one-minute mark at Lime Rock and a special Trans Am Race commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the 1972 Lime Rock Trans Am Race. A full field of significant Trans-Am cars will take part with race winner George Follmer as guest of honor.
The four-day celebration includes the Sunday Concours in the Park, a Vintage & Historic Car Show with a special group of elite cars and several celebrity judges, the popular Show of Shelby's and a collector car auction of investment grade cars, all on Sunday, Sept 1. Racing for 8 vintage groups begins with practice on Friday, Saturday qualifiers and the Monday races. A weekend-long eclectic swap meet of automotive memorabilia will also be featured.
"Our dedication to producing the "Ultimate Driving Machine" has led us to align ourselves with events that celebrate the joy of driving and the great cars of the past which can provide that experience. The combination of the beauty of Lime Rock Park, the traditional excellence of the event and a new management team whose philosophy we espouse, will guarantee that the Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival will continue to set higher and higher standards of excellence. We are looking forward to sharing our heritage with the thousands of enthusiasts who will attend the festival," said Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC.
The track and the promoter are equally excited about the prospect of cooperation with BMW. "Our partnership with BMW is a significant step for the future growth and development of the Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival," said William McMinn, Lime Rock Park's Director of Sales and Marketing. "BMW is the epitome of performance, class and prestige in the automotive industry. Their association with the Vintage Festival will elevate the event to another level. "BMW will be an active partner, and their astute knowledge and real interest in the vintage and historic racing scene will bring tremendous value to our fans and competitors through new exhibits, displays, functions and inter-active contests. We are very excited about all the possibilities that exist with BMW, and we look forward to working with them to make the Vintage Festival an even better event."
For tickets to the Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival Presented by BMW call 1-800-RACE-LRP or visit www.limerock.com for the location of a Lime Rock ticket outlet near you.