Lime Rock Park Vintage Race Weekend, 1990

I’m almost certain that 1990 was my first visit to Lime Rock Park in Salisbury CT for its Labor Day Fall Festival weekend. The tip likely came from a fellow employee at Volvo Cars North America. The racing photos prove that this visit was either the Saturday or the Monday of that weekend, as by local ordinance, there is no racing allowed on Sunday. My recollection is that I “took a ride” just to see what I might see, and I did indeed stumble upon something wonderful.

Judging by information on the www.limerock.com website, the Vintage Racing weekend would have been in its eighth year in 1990, meaning we were there near the beginning of it all. Paying guests are allowed to wander throughout the paddocks, and my photos reflect an interesting variety of classic machinery, some of it quite valuable in 2022. For instance, the red Jaguar XK-120 would have been worth around $50,000 in #2 condition (according to my 1990 copy of Krause’s Standard Catalog of Imported Cars). My most recent copy of the CPI (Cars of Particular Interest) Value Guide shows that same car valued today at $165,000.  That Maserati 3500 GT Coupe is pinned at $15,000 by Krause in 1990; CPI says today’s value is closer to $225,000. Want to take a guess on the BMW 507? According to the respective value books, in 1990: $105,000. In 2022: $2.3 million. Among these 3, the 507 wins the ‘percentage increase’ contest. If only we had a crystal ball….

This initial visit lit a flame in me that burns to this day. Especially in more recent years, I’ve almost never missed a visit to Lime Rock during Labor Day weekend, although, as I’m not a big racing fan, my visits are almost always to attend the “Sunday in the Park” static car show, about which I’ve posted numerous times (2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017). While Lime Rock is not on the beaten path, it’s worth going out of your way for it if you have not been there.

Jaguar XK-120

 

 

Maserati 3500 GT

 

 

 

Fiat Abarths head for the track

 

Messerschmitt on trailer, probably in the car corral

 

Taking the checkered flag!

 

All photographs copyright © 2022 Richard A. Reina. Photos may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Lime Rock Park Vintage Race Weekend, 1990

  1. A nice look back to one of the more important “places” in my life.
    The checkered flag car? A rare American sighting of a Ginetta G4, if I’m not mistaken. In the first photo a Lotus 11 leads what looks to be an Elva Courier and a couple of sports racers whose identities defy me. I wouldn’t be surprised if those same two Double Bubbles are still racing today.

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    • Hey Bob, great reminiscences! Thanks for IDing the checkered flag car, as I had no idea! Funny that you mentioned that the Abarths might still be racing today, I’m convinced I’ve seen that red one at a recent Lime Rock event! Best, Richard

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