Lime Rock Park Previews 2023 Historic Festival

More than 250 vintage racing cars, from a 1927 Bugatti Grand Prix racer to a 1975 Kremer Porsche 935 IMSA GT car, will compete during the 41st Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park over Labor Day weekend, scheduled (Aug. 31- Sept. 4), track officials announced.

MG will be the featured race group, celebrating the centennial of the first MG sports cars, with more than 50 vintage examples participating. Formula Junior, the training class for future F1 drivers in the 1960s, will have its own racing group, event officials said, as well as a full field of slick Sports 2000s.

The Featured Marque at this year’s Festival will be Chrysler and its Hemi engine. Chrysler will display several rarely seen concept cars throughout the festival, including the Dodge Firepower, the Chrysler Atlantic and the Chrysler Turbine car, the manufacturer said.

The Park will also host Ralph Gilles, Stellantis’ chief design officer for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Maserati brands. Gilles will serve as the Grand Marshal for the event.

Additionally, Lawrence Auriana, will be recognized as the Honored Collector. Recognized for curating one of the greatest Italian car collections in the world, track officials said, Auriana will share several of his vehicles, including the Maserati Tipo 151 campaigned by Briggs Cunningham at Le Mans in 1962 as well a rare example of the stunning Alfa 33/2 Stradale coupe. The pair will join a lineup of Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Maseratis that will be featured in the Sunday Concours and on display all weekend.

“This year’s Lime Rock Park Historic Festival will be one of our most diverse ever,” said Skip Barber, Chairman for the event, “combining a set of important racing groups with an amazing lineup of Chrysler concept cars and many iconic Italian sports and racing cars from the Auriana collection.”

On Saturday, Sept. 2, The Park will celebrate McLaren’s 60th birthday, organizers said, while the following day, the track will host Sunday in The Park, which includes the Lime Rock Concours as well as the Gathering of the Marques.

Entries for both events entries are now being accepted here.

A.J. Hecht

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