MGs and Lime Rock Park – Historic Together

Labor Day Weekend September 2-5

Lime Rock Park, the “Road Racing Center of the East” since 1957,  located in scenic Northwest Connecticut, will host its 29th “Historic Festival” Labor Day weekend.  This year “MG” will be a “Featured Marque”, and the “MG Vintage Racers” (MGVR) will also be celebrating their 30th anniversary at the track.  As of June 24th , 65 MG’s are already registered to race, and there may be more!  T’s, A’s, B’s Midgets, and Pre-War MGs!  Come watch these MGs dicing it out on the track, plus come meet the cars and drivers in the paddock.  Why is this a “Festival” you ask?  To start with, vintage car races Friday, Saturday, and Monday, with around 300 vintage sports cars racing.  This is better than any car museum!  See them up close – see and hear them at speed!  They will be giving guided tours of the paddock race cars if you’d like to join in.  Special guest cars will include the Collier family’s “Leonidis” MG which raced at Le Mans in 1939, and a MG K-3 from the Simeone Museum that won the index of performance at Le Mans in 1934!  The midway in the center of the track will have displays by car manufactures, vendors of all types, race car simulator, and lots more!  If you get hungry, stop by the “Lime Rock Café which will be serving up everything from gourmet foods, to dogs and burgers all weekend long.  Consider bringing a little extra cash, as they will have a large “Auto Jumble” swap meet.  This is a “park” – not a grandstand to be found!  Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, and maybe a folding chair, and sit on one of the grassy hillsides to watch the races.  There is no racing on Sunday, as they stage their “Sunday In The Park Concourse” with around 700 fabulous cars which will line the race course.  Show starts at 10AM!  Show “entrants” must be lined up on the track by 9:30AM.  Check with the track in advance for details if you’d like to enter your MG in it – please do!  There will be an MG section.  The “MG Vintage Racers” will have their own special section in it just for “racing MGs”, and will use it as a fund raiser for the “Make-A-Wish” foundation!  Lime Rock is graciously offering special discounted tickets to “MG enthusiasts”.  But you “must” order your tickets by Midnight August 26th to get the discount, including your credentials for the “MG Corral” parking area.  Otherwise “regular price and general parking”.  To get the “Code” for the discount (over 20%), e-mail Greg Prehodka of MGVR at MGracer53@aol.com, identify yourself, tell him what MG you plan to bring, your club affiliation, and he will give you the code for your personal use.  Then go to the Lime Rock Park web site (or call) and place your order by August 26th.  First 50 “corral” cars to “enter the track gates” on each race day, will also have the opportunity to do “parade laps” on the track – so arrive there early!  Make your Labor Day weekend truly memorable for a day – or the whole weekend!  Camping is available at the track also!  Area lodging listed on the Lime Rock web site.  These are just some of the highlights.  Lots more information can be found at the following web sites:

Lime Rock Park: www.limerock.com/ Track rules and regulations here. Go to this home page and click on “Historics” for lots of supporting information on the event. (Toll Free: 1-800-RaceLRP or 860-435-5000)  60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, Ct 06039

MG Vintage Racerswww.MGVR.org