The enjoyment of Lime Rock Park’s 32nd Historic Festival was muted somewhat by the tragic loss of veteran vintage racer Lee Duran, who suffered fatal injuries in a single-car crash during the second Group 2 race. Despite Duran’s death, the Festival carried on, amending its original schedule to include a tribute to the fallen racer during Monday’s activities.
Over the course of the weekend, attendees were able to peruse five cars from clothing magnate Ralph Lauren’s collection, celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Porsche Speedster and enjoy Friday night’s repartee between Honored Guest Sir Stirling Moss and local resident Sam Posey as moderated by event chairman Murray Smith, as well as Sir Stirling’s autograph session.
One of the weekend’s highlights was the featured race for Formula Junior, organized by Formula Junior Historics North America. Twenty-nine cars took the green flag at Lime Rock, the largest FJ field in North America this year. All those cars also took part in Sunday’s concours, with the best in class prize taken home by Mitch Eitel’s 1959 O.S.C.A.
Sunday’s combined Concours d’Elegance and Gathering of the Marques drew its largest crowd in recent memory. The winners of the Concours are listed below, and some 800 Marques cars—Porsches, Ferraris, Mercedes-Benz, Vipers, Fords, Chevys, Pontiacs, Buicks and Oldsmobiles—filled the racing surface from Big Bend to West Bend.