Now in its 37th year, the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park has been a time-honored tradition since 1982. Enjoy vintage car racing at its best.
The event opens on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, with the Vintage Race Car & Sports Car Parade presented by Salisbury Bank. This 17-mile tour through the local towns culminates in a free street fair in the charming town of Falls Village. Then continue your nostalgic journey through time and enjoy three days of authentic vintage car racing with practice and qualifying on Friday, Aug. 30, and a full day of racing on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2.
On Friday, Saturday and Monday, the Festival is in full swing with open paddocks, three concession stands, book and poster signings, vintage hat showcases, the Harpoon beer tent, food trucks and vendors on The Midway, the Kids Club area, unique merchandise in the Lime Rock Store, and the Swap Meet with car parts and unique automotive collectibles.
Of the Festival’s highlights, the Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance and Gathering of the Marques brings nearly 1,000 motorcars and motorcycles to the track on Sept. 1. Stroll the Park and tap into your inner car enthusiast as you admire rare and exotic historic and vintage cars.
The 37th annual Historic Festival’s Sunday in the Park Concours will be the Italian Masterpiece collection. Owners of some of the most interesting and fantastic Italian marques have been invited to display their vehicles on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 at Lime Rock Park.
Fashion icon Ralph Lauren is sending two Ferraris from his magnificent collection, a 1964 250 LM (pictured) and a 1961 250 Testa Rossa, which is one of only two TRs fitted with a unique Fantuzzi body for its original owner Count Volpi of Venice.
“The Italian Masterpieces group will be the most extensive and well curated group of great Italian competition and touring cars from many years,” said Murray Smith, Historic Festival Chairman. “No real enthusiast from the East Coast should miss it.”
The field of Italian-made machines will be anchored by 21 Ferraris, including several of exceptional significance.
• Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, a boutique manufacturer of exotic high-performance racing and road cars, will bring the third Ferrari built, the first sold commercially and oldest surviving vehicle: the 1947 Ferrari 159 Spyder Corsa, winner of the 1947 Turing Grand Prix.
• Three examples of the classic GTO, including the 1959 250GTO Berlinetta.
• Several models of Testa Rosa and many examples of the 250/330/400 GTs.
• A 2008 599 GTB Fiorano.
“This will undoubtedly be one of the best displays of classic Ferraris ever assembled in one place,” said Frank Taylor, coordinator for Sunday in the Park.
Not to be outdone, expect to see 14 Alfa Romeos, including three classic racing Monza 8C’s such as the 1932 2300 Monza 8C at the Colorado Grand and another owned by famed racer Tazio Nuvolari. Additional Alfa’s include a 1923 RL Targa Floria, several examples of the classic mid-60 Alfa Romeo convertibles, and a 1964 Alfa Romeo Tubolare Zagato from our Honored Collectors BZ and Michael Schwartz.
But that’s not all. There’s a wide range of Italian marques poised to sparkle in the sun during the Sunday in the Park Concours. Spectators will be immersed in examples of Lamboghini, DeTomaso, Lancia, Osca, Siata, Stanguelini, Maserati (such as 1956 Maserati A6G Zagato!), and a 1953 Moretti Barchetta belonging to the Honored Collectors.