Lime Rock Park

The Road Racing Center of the East. Hosting the finest sports car racing in the country for over 50 years.

Location: Lakeville, CT - USA
Members: 45
Latest Activity: Dec 11, 2015

Few tracks are as well known and beloved as Lime Rock Park. The Classic, 1.53-mile, 7-turn road course, along with the new Optional 1.51-mile, 10-turn road course, is nestled in the stunning Berkshire Foothills of Northwest Connecticut and has challenged some of the world's best drivers. Since it opened in 1957, Lime Rock Park has played host to nearly every great road racing driver, car and series, establishing a rich tradition as The Road Racing Center of the East.

Lime Rock Park is exactly that – a Park. It is not a typical facility and it is not a superstructure. It is a race track where spectators describe where they are sitting in relation to the trees. There are no grandstands, instead there are grassy hillsides that make an ideal place for picnic blankets or lawn chairs, coolers and sun umbrellas. It is as intimate as a backyard, but don’t be mistaken…with 180mph race machines screaming through, the hills do come alive for action-packed weekends. And let’s not forget, there was only one track that Paul Newman called “Home.”

Lime Rock Park is that rarest of venues – it has entirely preserved its innate and historical attributes yet remains in high demand within its industry. The Park is one of the busiest racing facilities in North America with over 211 track days annually, drawing thousands of fans, students, racers and passionate participants year after year. Lime Rock is the only professional road course located in the affluent metropolitan area of the New York City and Boston corridor, and enjoys the highest financial demographic of any track in the country. The track serves as the East Coast base for the Skip Barber Racing School, plays host to more than 25 upscale car enthusiast clubs, offers exclusive track time to its members of The Club at Lime Rock Park and showcases the best amateur and world-class professional racing on the East Coast including the finest Vintage Festival on the East Coast.

Two hours from anywhere that matters, serpentine scenic roadways from every direction surround Lime Rock Park. Conveniently located to New York City, Boston, Hartford, Greenwich, Springfield, Poughkeepsie, Albany and Providence, the track offers an easy day trip for those looking for unparalleled entertainment.

Lime Rock has 52 years under its belt and has no plans on slowing down. And, thanks to the newly formed membership-based drivers club, The Club at Lime Rock Park, the track has contracts with club members for the next 50 years, so Lime Rock Park is here to stay.

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vintage at LRP earle gone smith in YEAH!

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Comment by Trevor Alexander Hermance on May 13, 2009 at 1:11pm
This video was posted to one of the other LRP groups; it MUST be seen!
Comment by Andrew S. Hartwell on March 21, 2009 at 11:50am
Getting the word out about the Vintage Festival...
Comment by Stephen Page on March 18, 2009 at 11:34am
Lime Rock Park Announces a New Plan for the 2009 Running of the Vintage Festival, Labor Day Weekend

For Immediate Release
From Lime Rock Park
Contact: Renea Topp
Tel: 860.435.5000 x 301

Lime Rock Park Announces a New Plan for the 2009 Running of the Vintage Festival, Labor Day Weekend

LAKEVILLE, CT (18 March 2009) – Preparations for the 27th Annual Vintage Festival on the traditional Labor Day weekend are well underway. The buzz is in the air as plans are being made, racing formats are changing and the car show is expanding. There is a new regime on board as Skip Barber, owner of Lime Rock Park, has nominated Murray Smith as the Event Chairman and the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA) as the sanctioning body for the festivities.

The past Vintage Festival organizers, Steve Earle and the General Racing Team, have decided to concentrate on the organization of the Monterey Historic Races. In the past, Smith has been the director of the Sunday in the Park car show but has now gladly accepted the challenge of organizing the entire weekend event.

Smith is a well-known competitor in all forms of motorsports in a wide variety of vehicles but perhaps less recognized for his management experience in the field. He is past Chairman of BMP, the organization which runs the four major British Championships, Formula 3, British Touring Cars, GT and Superbikes and he is also a past member of the FIA Formula One Management Commission. Smith was the founder of the extraordinary Louis Vuitton Classic at Rockefeller Centre and also the instigator and organizer of the Legendes Historic Racing event at Mont Tremblant in Quebec. He was also the first to recognize the commercial potential of historic and classic car events and has been successfully involved with sponsorship development at Goodwood, the Nurburgring, Monterey, Silverstone, Monaco and with Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ. Smith is already planning interesting developments for the Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival in 2009.

Classes for sports, GT and racing cars from the dawn of motor racing until the 70s will be catered for. The organizers will make sure a schedule of accepted entries happens early allowing potential participants to plan ahead.

Smith promises more track time for participants this year and while the traditional sprint events will take place on the Saturday and Monday mornings of the event, optional two driver races of approximately one hour duration will also be introduced as part of the afternoon programs. Special features anticipated this year are to include a race and demonstration of some of the great front-engine, single seat racing cars, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Morgan

Marque, a one hour endurance race for the FIA race cars of Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona…and feature races for VSCCA eligible sports and racing cars.

Sunday in the Park, the unique and highly anticipated car show of the Vintage Festival, will be substantially expanded this year. The goal: to line the entire 1.53-mile circuit with show cars. This extravaganza features everything from World War II amphibious vehicles to vintage motorcycles, to the most splendid of the great classics like Duesenberg and Bugatti – all in a picnic garden park atmosphere in Lime Rock Park’s secret valley.

And for the fans…expect to see more racing and less warm-ups, marque car corrals, fan hospitality packages, courtesy shuttle golf cart rides, an autograph session, guest speakers, paddock tours and more.

If you wish to enter your car to race or to show in the Sunday in the Park car show, please send your inquiries via email to or by snail mail to Lime Rock Park (c/o Vintage Festival) 497 Lime Rock Road, Lakeville, CT 06039. For further information call 800.RACE.LRP.
Comment by Tony Carpanzano on March 10, 2009 at 6:43pm
The Vintage Fall Festival has literally been a "showcase" event ever since Steve Earle took over the event. There was real racing going on, but it was only as real as Steve would allow. I don't mean it in a bad way. I enjoyed my drives in the last 4 VFFs, and understand why Steve wanted it this way. I did not necessarily agree, but there were allways beautiful cars, some great friendly dices, and minimal carnage (which is what Steve was trying to avoid). 99% of the drivers had a great time. Back in the days when our late friend Charlie Gibson ran the event, it was also a great show, with beautiful cars, but there was real racing, where you were assigned a grid position based on performance, not based on presentation. Again, Steve had his reasons for how he ran the show and I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to run each time in what is one of the best events at my home track. Thank you Steve.
Comment by Ranger Rick Spencer on March 10, 2009 at 5:09pm
just got my mar/apr issue of Vintage Motorsport...GREAT news for vintage fall festival...steve earl is gone...murray smith is maybe we'll get to see some real racing! the past 2 years i skipped LRP and went to The Glen, oh what a difference...good work Skip...thanx, Ranger
Comment by Renea Topp on March 10, 2009 at 10:28am
April 1st - can't wait to hear those engines running again at Lime Rock. I'll be down at the 12 hour next weekend. Looking forward to it!
Comment by Scott Smith on March 9, 2009 at 4:17pm
I sure wish it was on my agenda.
Comment by Ranger Rick Spencer on March 9, 2009 at 3:43pm
lets all get outta here and head to Sebring!!!
Comment by Ranger Rick Spencer on March 9, 2009 at 3:42pm

Comment by Tony Carpanzano on February 25, 2009 at 8:56pm
I can't wait to get back in the saddle. This winter has been too long. The only bad thing about Lime Rock is that you can't enjoy it year 'round.

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