Northwestern Connecticut’s annual Labor Day weekend vintage racing spectacular kicked off Thursday with the Historic Festival Parade. An eighteen-mile jaunt through local towns, the parade ended in Falls Village with a street fair.
Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 40 began on-track action Friday with practice and qualifying before heading into heat races Saturday and final races on Monday.
Saturday concluded with two special events, including a Corvette-focused dinner “Corvette Design: Past, Present … and a Hint of the Future” as well as a very special ceremony to dedicate the “Paul Newman Straight” as Lime Rock Park announced a new relationship with Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camp as a partner.
“Paul Newman’s name now lives in perpetuity at Lime Rock Park, not in recognition of Paul’s fame which was considerable, but for the authenticity of his experience here at the Park,” said Dicky Riegel, President and CEO of Lime Rock. “Even with all his racing wins here on this legendary circuit and elsewhere around the world, it was Paul’s expression of joy at Lime Rock Park in every drive and every visit that cemented this place as his true home. The balanced appellation of the Sam Posey Straight, dedicated in 2013, and the Paul Newman Straight dedicated today pay homage to these amazing and pioneering drivers and friends of Lime Rock Park.”
On Sunday, the track will host Sunday in The Park as well as the Gathering of the Marques presented by FCP Euro car show.