Skip Barber, owner of Lime Rock Park, has nominated Murray Smith as the Event Chairman and the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA) as the sanctioning body for the festivities.
The previous Vintage Festival organizers, Steve Earle and the General Racing Team, decided to concentrate on the organization of the Monterey Historic Races. In the past, new Event Chairman Murray Smith had been the director of the Sunday in the Park car show but has now gladly accepted the challenge of organizing the entire weekend event.
Smith is a well-known competitor in all forms of motorsports in a wide variety of vehicles but perhaps less recognized for his management experience in the field. He is past Chairman of BMP, the organization which runs the four major British Championships, Formula 3, British Touring Cars, GT and Superbikes and he is also a past member of the FIA Formula One Management Commission. Smith was the founder of the extraordinary Louis Vuitton Classic at Rockefeller Centre and also the instigator and organizer of the Legendes Historic Racing event at Mont Tremblant in Quebec. He was also the first to recognize the commercial potential of historic and classic car events and has been successfully involved with sponsorship development at Goodwood, the Nurburgring, Monterey, Silverstone, Monaco and with Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale. Smith is already planning interesting developments for the Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival in 2009.
Classes for sports, GT and racing cars from the dawn of motor racing until the 70s will be catered for. The new organizers will make sure a schedule of accepted entries happens early allowing potential participants to plan ahead.
Smith promises more track time for participants this year, and while the traditional sprint events will take place on the Saturday and Monday mornings of the event, optional two driver races of approximately one hour duration will also be introduced as part of the afternoon programs.
Special features anticipated this year are to include a race and demonstration of some of the great front-engine, single seat racing cars, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Morgan Marque, a one hour endurance race for the FIA race cars of Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona and feature races for VSCCA eligible sports and racing cars.
Sunday in the Park, the unique and highly anticipated car show of the Vintage Festival, will be substantially expanded this year. The goal is to line the entire 1.53-mile circuit with show cars. This extravaganza features everything from World War II amphibious vehicles to vintage motorcycles, to the most splendid of the great classics like Duesenberg and Bugatti – all in a picnic garden park atmosphere in Lime Rock Park’s secret valley.
Fans can expect to see more racing (and less warm-ups), marque car corrals, fan hospitality packages, courtesy shuttle golf cart rides, an autograph session, guest speakers, paddock tours and more.
If you wish to enter your car to race or to show in the Sunday in the Park car show, please send your inquiries via email to [email protected] or to Lime Rock Park (c/o Vintage Festival) 497 Lime Rock Road, Lakeville, CT 06039. For further information call 800.RACE.LRP.
[Source: Lime Rock Park]