The cars and drivers with starring roles in the popular Historic Trans Am series will return to Lime Rock Park for the traditional Labor Day weekend Historic Festival, commemorating the Sept. 2-5 event’s 40th anniversary.
The Historic Trans Am Series celebrates the glory years of America’s popular pony car series, with a deep field of entries bearing authentic pedigrees from the headiest days of the category. Trans-Am launched in 1966 and zoomed to popularity as the championship witnessed the four major American manufacturers fielding factory efforts, piloted by some of the most talented racers of the generation with names like Donohue, Jones, Follmer, Savage, Gurney, Revson, Hall, Posey and more.
Trans Am first competed at Lime Rock in 1967, the second season of the pro series and the beginning of its “Golden Years.” Peter Revson won the opening event in Bud Moore’s Mercury Cougar. Mark Donohue won the 1969 round in a Roger Penske Chevrolet Camaro and won again in 1971 in a Penske AMC Javelin. In between, local standout Sam Posey and Parnelli Jones won in Ford Mustangs to add their names to the growing list of Lime Rock Park winners.
“We are thrilled to have Historic Trans Am racing at the Historic Festival this year,” said Skip Barber. “These cars have a truly special place in Lime Rock Park history. It is a little early for the final entry list, but what is special is that every single entry has legitimate Trans Am competition history, including some that even have race and championship-winning pedigrees. So this is a fantastic addition to the 2022 event and we are very pleased about this news.”
During the extended Labor Day weekend, the Historic Festival will celebrate the speed, sound, and beauty of pre-war cars along with sports and formula cars ranging from the 1950s through the 1980s. The five-day festival includes more than just racing, with a parade on Thursday afternoon, a competitor dinner on Friday, a special guest speaker and dinner on Saturday, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance as well as the Gathering of the Marques, followed by racing capping off the event on Monday.
Fans attending the event can also enjoy a swap meet, automobilia concessions, book signings, featured speakers and more. Sponsors and keynote attendees will be announced soon.
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