Lime Rock Park's Historic Festival 31 has now concluded, and Rochester Motor Sports has more to tell you about the event. The main car featured in this space on Sunday night from the "Sunday in the Park" Concours d'Elegance because of its historical connection to Watkins Glen ended up winning "Best in Show" from a field of 248 entrants in 29 categories. We also have race results from Monday, Labor Day.
"Sunday in the Park"
According to Lime Rock Park, track president, Skip Barber said this year's show featured the best group of concours cars he had ever seen at the track.
The 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa, presented by the Miles Collier Collection of Naples, FL, won the Best of Show trophy and a Frédérique Constant Genève watch. According to Lime Rock, the car is only the second Ferrari to arrive on the American continent.
Other notable winners of the day include a 1930 Aston Martin International in the “Risky But Racy – competition machines of merit pre-1945” category presented by Richard and Philip Rader of Briarcliff, N.Y.; a rare 1967 Shelby-prepped Toyota 2000 GT (Bob Tkacik, Saco, Maine) from the “Speed & Style – GT Cars 1965-1970” category; and a 1964 Ferrari Lusso owned by Roger Werner of Greenwich, Conn., winning the "'Businessmen's Express,' GT cars 1960-1965” class.
A highlight of this year’s "Sunday in the Park" show was that nearly half of the street Cunninghams built were on display. Eleven C3s (including two cabriolets), plus three race cars, were on the property. According to Lime Rock, this was the largest gathering of Cunninghams to ever happen in one place at one time.
Chuck Schoendorf’s C3 Coupe (s/n 5214) won the “Briggs’ Babies” class, while the C3 Coupe (s/n 5209) owned by Leslie Lockard was the Cunningham chosen by Briggs’s daughter herself – Lucie McKinney – for her own award.
Then Lucie was awarded "'Classic & Sports Car Magazine’s' “Editor’s Choice” trophy for her C3 Coupe (s/n 5223). Ms. McKinney has owned the car since it was new.
Yet another Cunningham-related car won the “'Road & Track Magazine' Car We’d Most Like to Drive” award: the 1960 Chevy Corvette that won its class (GT 5.0) at Le Mans, driven by John Fitch and Bob Grossman; the car was run by Cunningham’s race team.
Another highlight this year was Lawrence Auriana's collection of cars. Organizers presented Auriana with a special trophy recognizing the collection as a group. Mr. Auriana was given the opportunity to choose his favorite entrant to award the “Auriana’s Apple” award. He chose the 1951 Cisitalia 202 SC owned by Andrew Benenson of Darien, CT.
Labor Day Races
Monday's races were delayed a bit by rain after the first race, then were shortened to a specified number of minutes (rather than laps) to catch up time. However, by the end of the day, all 20 races ran in all classes.
Race #3 was the Monday morning session (or early afternoon, if being caught up); Race #4 was the Monday afternoon session. Here are the winning results:
Group 1: Lime Rock Cup. Road-going production & GT cars. Winners:
Race 3: Michael Lawton of Harvard, MA in a 1962 Alfa Romeo.
Race 4: Rich Maloumian, Jr. of Fort Washington, PA racing an Austin-Healey 100/4.
Group 2: VSCCA Bowl. Early sports and racing cars. Winners:
Race 3: Skip Day of Harwinton, CT racing a 1952 Devin MG.
Race 4: Peter Greenfield of Freeport, NY in a 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C 35.
Group 3: Bandini Trophy. Formula Junior. Winners:
Race 3: Roy Walzer of Litchfield, CT in a 1963 Cooper FJ.
Race 4: Roy Walzer of Litchfield, CT racing a 1963 Cooper FJ.
Group 4: Murray's Mug. Mid-century sports racers. Winners:
Race 3: Ernest Steubesand of Rhineback, NY racing a 1962 Lotus Super Seven.
Race 4: Roger Mandaville of Spartanburg, SC in a 1963 Elva Porsche.
Group 5: Posey Plate. Authentic Trans-Am cars 1966-1971. Winners:
Race 3: Mike Joy of Santa Clara, CA racing a 1966 Ford Mustang.
Race 4: Jim Hague of Gilroy, CA in a 1970 Ford Boss 302.
Group 6: Skip's Salver. Formula Libre. Winners:
Race 3: David Porter of Darien, CT racing a 1979 March 79B Formula Atlantic.
Race 4: David Porter of Darien, CT in a 1979 March 79B Formula Atlantic.
Group 7: Mick's Magnum. Big-bore production cars. Winners:
Race 3: William Wright of Stockbridge, MA in a 1965 Jaguar E-Type.
Race 4: William Wright of Storckbridge, MA in a 1965 Jaguar E-Type.
Group 8: Litchfield Cup. Modified Production cars. Winners:
Race 3: David Reid of Marblehead, MA in a 1965 Austin Mini Cooper S
Race 4: Tom Grundovich of Palm Beach, FL racing a 1966 Ginetta G4.
Group 9: Finn's Fancy. Post-1965 Sports Racers. Winners:
Race 3: Duncan Dayton of Danbury, CT racing a 1972 Chevron B23.
Race 4: Duncan Dayton of Danbury, CT in a 1972 Chevron B23.
Group 10: Stuttgard Silver. Porsche 911s and others. Winners:
Race 3: Jim Scott of Woodbury, CT racing a 1974 Porsche 911 RS.
Race 4: Mike Piera of Newtown, CT in a 1973 Porsche 911 RS.
Lime Rock Park is nestled in the Berkshires region of Northwestern Connecticut. The Historic Festival event makes a good way to spend Labor Day weekend for any race fan, one who enjoys the beauty and speed of automobiles, or appreciates the history of race cars from around the world.
Organizers did a good job of dodging raindrops for their short duration on Sunday and the more challenging longer duration on Monday morning to keep events moving along at an efficient pace that still allowed for all 40 races planned for the weekend to not only run, but finish.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. is the author of several books and has been writing articles for Examiner.com since 2009. She is currently working on a new book about racing with an Irish historic racer. She particularly enjoys historic/vintage motor racing and Formula 1. See her blog where she ponders the mysteries of the sport at "Motor Sports Muse."