The Lime Rock Historic Festival 2011 was held September 2-5 at the 7-turn, 1.53 mile Lime Rock Park in Lime Rock, Connecticut.
The 29th edition of the Lime Rock Vintage Festival saw 10 racing groups and a total of more than 300 vintage race cars, ranging from pre-war Alfa Romeos and Bugattis to all sports, racing and formula cars from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. In addition, more than 100 MGs participated since Historic Festival 29 was the MG Club’s Focus Event for 2011. This year’s event was the third for Event Chairman and Organizer Murray Smith, as well as Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA) as the sanctioning body.
Philadelphia neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Simeone was named “honored collector” for the 2011 races. Simeone brought four cars from his famed Simeone Foundation Museum: 1959 Aston Martin DBR1, 1954 Jaguar D-Type, 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider by Castagna and a 1934 MG K3.
Additional notable entrants included the Collier Collection’s 1971 Porsche 908/3; 1955 Jaguar D-Type of David Ghose; 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C-35 of Peter Giddings; Bob Bodin’s 1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF; Bruce Male’s 1959 Ferrari 250 GT TdF; 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT of James Freeman; 1959 Maserati T61 Birdcage of Anthony Wang; among others.
Each racing class was on track four times, with close action throughout the weekend’s races. Weather was a factor on final day of racing on Monday, as the dry morning made way for a wet and wild afternoon. Fortunately all but one of the 22 races saw the green flag drop.
Photographer Michael DiPleco documented the vintage racing action from the 2011 Lime Rock Historic Festival, offering a total of 155 images that not only show the field of historic race cars, but also the park-like setting of the Lime Rock road course.
Lime Rock Historic Festival 2011 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)
Lime Rock Historic Festival 2011 – Final Monday Race Results
Group 1, Pre-War Sports and Competition Cars, Early MGs
1. Peter Giddings, 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C-35
2. Peter Greenfield, 1935 Alfa Romeo Monza
3. Paul Fitzgerald, 1953 MG TD
4. Frank Filangeri, 1951 MG TD
5. Scott Ebert, 1939 Dreyer Ford
Group 2, Sports Racing Cars of the 1950s
1. Vince Irwin, 1957 Lotus Eleven
2. Bob Girvin, 1958 Allard GT
3. Cap Chenoweth, 1960 Lola MK1
4. Tom Grudovich, 1960 Lola MK1
5. Jack Boxstrom, 1960 Chaparral Mk I
Group 3, Best of British
1. William Bartlett, 1959 MGA
2. Storm Field, 1960 MGA
3. Leonard A McCue, 1959 MGA
4. Sharon Adelman, 1965 Turner Mk III
5. Phil G Perron, 1965 Sunbeam Alpine
Group 4, Formula Car Selection – Juniors and Fords
1. Glenn Taylor, 1979 PRS FF
2. Sandy Gilliland, 1972 Titan MK6C FF
3. Bill Goldkind, 1961 Lotus 20 FJ
4. Chris Cunningham, 1959 Lotus 18 FJ
5. Mitchell Eitel, 1959 OSCA FJ
Group 5, Small Bore Production Cars
1. Harry Gentry, 1962 MG Midget
2. Norman Berke, 1959 Elva Courier
3. Roger Cassin, 1956 Alfa Romeo
4. Richard A. Brown, 1964 Triumph Spitfire
5. Alain Raymond, 1964 Fiat Abarth
Group 6, Wild, Wild Horses – American Iron Against the E-Types
1. Wilson Wright, 1967 Jaguar E-Type
2. Bob Hebert, 1967 Jaguar E-Type
3. Gregory Meindl, 1965 Ford Mustang
4. Jack Busch, 1962 Jaguar E-Type
5. Rod Folia, 1973 Mazda RX-3
Group 7, Sophisticated Sports / Racers
1. John Steinmetz, 1986 Swift DB2
2. David Porter, 1985 Swift DB2
3. Mike Taradash, 1985 Swift DB2
Group 8, Power Against Agility – Sporting Cars and Competition
1. Joseph Riolo, 1972 Datsun 240Z
2. Carlo Falcone, 1972 Porsche 914/6
3. Peter Brittingham, 1969 Porsche 911R
4. Graham Adelman, 1962 Lotus 23
5. Bud Jantz-Sell, 1970 Datsun 240Z
Group 9, Minis Against the Rest
1. Michael Lawton, 1962 Alfa Romeo
2. Phil Cooper, 1974 MGB
3. Mack McCormack, 1966 Mini Cooper S
4. Mark Wagner, 1974 Porsche 914/4
5. Jim Glabicky, 1968 Datsun 2000
Group 10, Formula Historic: Really quick single-seaters
1. Stevie Hynes, 1978 March 78B FF
2. Rick Bell, 1978 Ralt RT1
3. Michael Snowdon, 1971 GRD 272 F-2
4. David Porter, 1979 March 79B
5. Chris Cunningham, 1969 Brabham BT29
[Source: Lime Rock Park; photo credit: Michael DiPleco]
Wow, the best sports car on the web by FAR!!!!Thank you…………..
Wonderful photos! Imaginative composition.
Did you all see the picture of the Porsche 908/3 through the woods? Excellent!!
That was extraordinary photography. The composition of each shot, and the range of scenes is first class. The Aston in the rain and #24 and #111 of the Morgan trike are my posters.
The range of photos really allows us on the outside to get a better sense of the event and Lime Rock.
You guys saved the best for the last page. The rain shots are always my favorite, but these are especially good.
Tom Walko’s White/black Lotus is a type 74 JPS. not a type 54.
Brian Walko’s Yellow/green Lotus is a Type 54