Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 37, 2019

Lime Rock Park, an historic race track nestled in a valley within the verdant hills of northwest Connecticut, held its Historic Festival #37 over the 2019 Labor Day weekend. The races run all weekend except Sunday, as that is prohibited by local ordinance. Many moons ago, Festival organizers reasoned that the non-racing day could be put to great use for a car show, and “Sunday in the Park” was born.

For me, the static car show in Lime Rock has been an annual treat going back to the early 1990s. So many factors make this show special, including location, size, quality, and variety. Lime Rock delights in creating its own classes based on decade, country of origin, and vehicle type. It keeps things interesting for the spectators. Added to that is the tremendous support from marque-specific clubs, resulting in hundreds of vehicles lining the perimeter of almost the entire track.

Although the park is a 3-hour one-way trip for me, the long Labor Day weekend means that a one-day round trip on Sunday isn’t so bad, as vacationers squeezing in a last summer getaway won’t be clogging the roads until Monday. Pedestrian traffic at the track wasn’t so dense to prevent unobstructed photos, which are presented below, in semi-organized fashion. Enjoy the automotive eye candy!

 

ITALIAN
The Italians are coming!

 

Fiat 500

 

Lanica B20

 

A selection of pre-war Alfa race cars

 

The Al Cosentino Fiat racer

 

Lancia Scorpion

 

 

Alfa spider

 

Iso Rivolta

 

Chrome-bumper Fiat 124 spider

 

GERMAN
VW step-side pickup

 

1st gen VW Scirocco

 

Porsche 914

 

A pair of clown shoes (BMW Z3 coupes)

 

AMERICAN
Studebaker Hawk

 

Studebaker Avanti

 

1940 Ford coupe

 

Lime Rock enters 21st century; Teslas recharge onsite

 

2nd gen Chevrolet Corvair

 

1962 Chevy Bel Air ambulance

 

BRITISH
MGB-GT

 

Lotus Elan (for sale: $19k)

 

Aston Martin

 

Morgan coupe

 

Mogies line up

 

 

SWEDISH

 

JAPANESE

Mazda Miata in 4 generations:

1st gen (NA)

2nd gen (NB)

3rd gen (NC)

4th gen (ND)

RETRO DESIGN, AND THE ORIGINAL INSPIRATIONS (or, “Oh my child, how large you’ve grown!)
Fiat 500

 

P.S.
“patina”

 

All photographs copyright © 2019 Richard A. Reina. Photos may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission.