Historics Festival at Lime Rock 2010: The Porsches

1974-carrera-rsrThe 28th Annual Historic Festival took place at Lime Rock Park on September 3-6, 2010 bringing the raw excitement of vintage racing to the scenic Litchfield, Connecticut hills.  The entry field included over 300 classic pre-war and sports competition cars in 10 groups. Groups were as follows:

  1. Pre-war Sports and Racing Cars: Motorsport Trophy
  2. 50s Competition Cars: Lime Rock Challenge
  3. Porsche 911 and 914: Klubsport Kup
  4. Best of British Production Sports: Chairmans Chalice
  5. F. Ford & F. Junior: Starter’s Delight; Group 5a, F. Ford: The Stimola Memorial
  6. Abarths & Alfas Galore: The Turin Tankard
  7. Wild, Wild Horses – Big Bore Production: Detroit Dilemma
  8. Speedy, Eclectic Mix: Sports Racing Cars: The Bennett Bowl
  9. Minis Against the Rest: Giant’s Despair
  10. Memories of Gilles, F2/Formula Atlantic: Fabulous Formulas

Participants in the Historic Festival actually begin their weekend on the previous Tuesday, August 31st with “test and tune” sessions. By Friday, September 3rd practices and qualifying have begun and the first race events are run.

Saturday was the first full race day and it brought together some of the most eclectic and important race cars of the past 50 years. The morning races kicked off with Formula Ford and Formula Junior cars as well as our favorites, the Porsche “Klubsport Kup” pack of cars with 914s battling 911s and RSR Carreras. The Klubsport Kup race included nearly 30 Porsches in all ranging from awesome cars such as Matthew Waltzer’s 1970 911ST to the ground thumping 1970′s RSRs. The Porsche race brings out the best classic sports car throaty roars.  Flat sixes scream down the front straight into big bend and get our hearts throbbing. Ambitious racers come in hot to Big Bend and here’s where the action is:


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Seeing the 1974 Carrera RSR racing down the front straight at Limerock is a site to behold. Stephen Bauer managed to keep the beast in line throughout the race and take 1st Place:

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The #65 RSR was closely trailed by the #56 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR (ex Jurgen Barth car) and managed to take 2nd Place:

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Competitive in the race was Richard Strahota in the 1972 Porsche 911 ST who placed 3rd:

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As well as Olga Reindlova in the 1969 “Hippie” liveried 911. You have to love the throwback livery here:

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A 911S-T pushes through Big Bend:

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We followed up with some video of the race as well:

The Lime Rock Vintage and Historic races are always a great show to see, especially the Porsche grouping. There’s nothing better than viewing classic sports cars battle on the short Limerock track. The sounds of the engines bouncing off the surrounding hills makes for a truly unique motorsports viewing experience. If there is one vintage festival to attend on the East Coast – this is it!


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