Lime Rock Historic Festival 37 celebrates 'Italian Masterpieces'

Lime Rock Historic Festival 37 celebrates 'Italian Masterpieces'

Vintage Motorsport / Historic

Lime Rock Historic Festival 37 celebrates 'Italian Masterpieces'


The Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park, now in its 37th year, is staged to be one of the year’s largest gatherings of historic and vintage Italian-made vehicles in North America. Held over Labor Day weekend, Thursday, Aug. 29 – Monday Sept. 2, the festival is the only North American classic car race and concours held on the same track over the same weekend. This year, with Italian Masterpieces being its premier theme, the event is poised to be one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the U.S.

A plethora of extraordinary Ferraris, including two GTOs, a P2, and a 12-cylinder Testarossa, will be showcased at the event’s Sunday in the Park Concours, held on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. A special treat will be the appearance of the third Ferrari ever built, the first sold commercially and the oldest surviving Ferrari. This 1947 Ferrari 159 Spyder Corsa will be brought in by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. Also appearing will be the Sebring 12-Hour Race Winning OSCA MT4 driven by legendary driver Sir Stirling Moss.

“This will undoubtedly be one of the best displays of classic Italian cars ever assembled in one place,” said Murray Smith, Historic Festival chairman, adding that Lugi Chinetti Jr., an icon in Ferrari motorsports in the U.S., will be attending the Festival as its Honored Guest.

Spectators will be immersed in a treasury of Italian machinery. Many Alfa Romeos as well as examples of Lamborghini, DeTomaso, Osca, Siata, Stanguelini, Maserati and Moretti. To cap the event off, two world championship rally winning Lancias will be showcased along Lime Rock’s Front Straight on Sunday.

BZ and Michael Schwartz of New York City and Sharon, Conn., will be the Festival’s Honored Collectors, showcasing their unique collection of masterly restored and rare Italian cars. Among their collection, spectators can admire the two Siatas, a Cisitalia and a Stanguellini sports racer that ran Sebring and is set to debut at the Festival following a restoration.

PICTURED ABOVE: Among the iconic Italian-made masterpieces that will be featured at Lime Rock during the Historic Festival’s Sunday in the Park Concours, held on Sunday, Sept. 1, is this 1962 Ferrari 250GTO. The car will be exhibited under the name of Scuderia N. E.