Subject to minor changes, the 263-car Racing Entry List for Historic Festival 34 Presented by the Prestige Family of Fine Cars, September 2-5, has been released by Festival Chairman Murray Smith.
Smith’s created nine race groups averaging almost 30 cars per, highlighted by the new-for-the-Lime-Rock-Festival “Tin Tops” (Group 5); an all-Formula Ford grid (Group 2); and 29 of the Ken Epsman-run “Historic Trans-Am” organization’s fabulous – and authentic – pony cars (Group 4).
Go to http://limerockhistorics.com/Data/spectators/tdr-entry-web-only.pdffor a pdf of the Historic Festival 34 entry list. https://tickets.limerock.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=85 for ticket information.
Smith said, “I’m not only delighted at the enthusiastic response from the tin-top racers, as 26 have joined our festival, but are excited about paying special tribute to two groups at far ends of the racing spectrum: Formula Ford and classic (1966 - 1972) Trans-Am.
“On the one hand, Formula Fords are the nimblest of little single seaters powered by the same ubiquitous Ford four cylinder engine, where design excellence from houses such as Merlyn, Crossle, van Diemen and Lotus had to be combined with driving finesse if success was to be achieved. While the Formula Fords are small and efficient and repay an appreciation for maintenance of momentum, our other featured group trades in the currency of big power... the Trans-Am pony cars. Driven in the day at 11/10s by legends such as Follmer, Gurney, Posey, Parnelli and dozens of other famous shoes, the cars here are the authentic, actual cars they drove. Fabulous.”
Smith also touched on the two Lancia D50 replicas he’s accepted into the weekend...
“Under normal circumstances we accept only real race cars at our Festival, but this year we have made an exception: we’ve invited two replicas of the Lancia D50. While the immediate post-war era of Grand Prix competition was dominated by Ferrari and Maserati, the middle 1950s saw the arrival of the Vanwall from Britain, and the first overtures of rear-engined cars from Cooper and Lotus (nurtured by the advent of Formula Junior, a featured race group coming in 2017). And out of Italy and the house of Lancia arrived the D50.
“With no more existing original D50s, a dedicated British enthusiast located many of the original parts... and two replicas were constructed. They’re here at Lime Rock this weekend.
“While I do not agree with replica Lister Jaguars and D-Types running against genuine examples, I do think that when none of an original car exists, there is stout justification for drawing attention to these extraordinary clones. Without them we would never be able to experience, in action, these splendid experiments.”
One of the two 1955 Lancia D50 Grand Prix re-creations cars, this one owned by The Revs Institute. The other is owned and driven by Peter Giddings
Let's see... Race car parade, 36 vintage races, a concours, a huge car show, special guests and very special cars, demo laps, special displays, swap meets, Peter Brock, John Morton, great vendors, art, authors, Wayne Carini, unique food, Car Corrals, 1,000 cars in Gathering of the Marques, Harpoon Tavern, autograph sessions, book signings, Merchandise Store, collectible posters and pins, beautiful, very family friendly facility... darn, it looks like there's not much to do and see at the Historic Festival...
P.S.: Lime Rock needs guest service/parking people for the Historic Festival. It’s cool work, you’re right in the thick of it, and it pays an hourly wage. Send an email asap to email@example.com if you’re interested!