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Lime Rock Rolex Vintage Festival
Lime Rock Park
Lime Rock, CT

August 30, 2003

This was a purely recreational day for me. I had no scheduled appearances, and I was fascinated by the vintage racing I first witnessed at the Monterey Historic Races in California a year ago ( 8/16/2002 and 8/17/2002). I decided at the last minute to make a day trip of it on Saturday of the Festival weekend. That would be the practice day. Sunday was a Concours d'Elegance show (racing is prohibited on Sunday!) and the actual racing was on Monday, the Labor Day holiday. It is a 5+ hour drive, but if I left at dawn, I figured I could spend a few hours at the track and still get home at a reasonable hour.

The day started early!
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It seemed like the parking area
was all Porsches and BMWs

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Interesting 'Vette-based racer from the past, with supercharged small-block:
The Bocar. Sounded BIG!

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Bugatti was the featured marque. 
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This one looked a little rough, a "barn find", but sounded awesome!
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Yes, an Aston Martin wagon!
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Penske Camaro and Ford GT40.
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When was the last time you saw a Messerschmidt?
Yes, they were built by the aircraft mfgr.

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Beautifully crafted Volvo w/small-block Chevy power.
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There were very few vintage Corvette racers.
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Panorama of the start-finish side of the track. What a beautiful facility!
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BMW was major sponsor. Here are a  few of the 20+ M1s.
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The one and only Corvair based Fitch Phoenix,
and its always-dapper creator, John Fitch.

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High ground view of the vendor area as I head back to the car.
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Sunset over Portland.
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Final stats: 11 hours on the road (including dinner on the way home),
3 hours on foot at Lime Rock Park.

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I will be back!!!

 

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