Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires is the quiet town of Lakeville, Connecticut. For many months of the year it is a quiet town, where people stop to go antiquing, watch the leaves turn and enjoy a great weekend at one of Connecticut’s finest resorts, The Interlakken Inn. That is until Memorial Day Weekend.
Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff to racing at Lime Rock Park. And on this weekend, there are 7 races ready to roll you into summer.
What makes Lime Rock different than all other tracks in New England is that it is a road course. Now I am huge fan of Nascar, and it’s left hand turning oval courses, but I was introduced to racing way back when Mario Andretti and his John Player Special won the Formula One World Championship. I have actually seen 1 of the 3 surviving JPS cars. It was decided at that time that I could never drive F1 for the simple reason that I would not fit in the cockpit, but I digress. A road course is one of left and right hand turns, chicanes and hairpin turns. Uphill, downhill incredible acceleration matched by handling to keep them on the course (usually) coupled with the ability to stop on a dime.
The other thing that makes Lime Rock a must for all is that it is not a concrete and steel stadium with an asphalt oval track. There are no grandstands here. Bring a blanket, or lounge chair and sit on the hills that surround the course. Spectacular race views combined with the beauty of the Berkshires makes this a true Connecticut destination.
Now, here’s what’s in store for the weekend. First and foremost, if you a First Responder or Active Duty Military, flash your ID and you are in. Free. Just Lime Rocks way of saying thank you for all that you do. Friday is qualifying, but you will also feature Falls Village resident Denny Jacobs and his vintage front engine ex -NHRA dragster doing a speed run going the WRONG way on the front straightaway. Kinda like the Polish victory lap in NASCAR, but ending at the start/finish line. Oh, and Denny promises that this is not a Dog and Pony exhibition lap. He is dropping the hammer on this one.
Saturday features 2 -Formula F races, 2- Formula 2000 races, 2- Vintage Sports Car Club of America races, and the feature 100 mile Trans Am race. All of the aforementioned races will take place before and after the feature. Admission for the day is $20
On Sunday, the Third Annual is Royals Garage Car Show; Muscle Cars, Tuners & Imports, Street Rods, Motorcycles, Classic Cars, Antiques, Antique Trucks, Race Cars, Exceptional Contemporary & Fire. There is no pre-registration for Entrants – arrive between 7:30 and 9:15 a.m. with your vehicle. Car Show Entry Fee is $10; Spectator’s donation is $5
There are 3 concessions Café to choose from and a Harpoon Beer Tavern (save me a seat) and on Saturday there will be a Midway with a tethered hot air balloon. The weekend Grand Marshall will be racing legend Sam Posey. So grab the family, your blankets, lawn chairs, and yes, even a picnic basket and enjoy a great weekend of family fun.