Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont joined a raucous crowd of race fans on Saturday, Day 2 at the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 39. The weather was near perfect as racing began after a full Friday of practice and qualifying, Saturday another day of hectic activity both on and off the track.
There were nearly 20 races among the nine distinct run groups, the 20-minute-long races boasting remarkable variety, from the pre-war Group 1 (Grand Prix machines built before 1939) to the all-Porsche class that was a special feature as part of the weekend-long celebration of Porsche as the Featured Marque.
A wide collection of sights and sounds were also available off the track as well: In the paddock, a special exhibit featuring 16 Porsches from the Steven Harris collection making their first-ever appearance on the East Coast. Multiple car corrals were packed with gatherings of cars by brand, while marquee guests Brian Redman and Stefan Johansson made frequent appearances.
The open paddock allowed fans to get an up close view of the unique mix of machines as they prepared to take to the track. There were also two different book signings that included Redman, Johansson, Gordon Kirby, Skip Barber, Sam Posey, Bill Werner, Burt Levy, and Chuck Queener.
Saturday festivities concluded with a special dinner hosted by Danbury Porsche, with local legend Mike Joy serving as the MC.
On Sunday, the track will host both the Concours in the Park and the Gathering of the Marques car show. Holiday Monday will feature the final day of race activity; one-day tickets will be available at the gate.