For the Spectators




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Historic Festival 33
Thursday, Sept. 3 (Race Car Parade) through Monday, Sept. 7

Here are photos of the six (and counting) spectacular cars that are the centerpiece of this year's celebration of Mercedes Competition Cars...


The car that won the 1955 Mille Miglia in record-breaking time, driven by Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR "722"


A 1908 Mercedes Brooklands, sister cars of which nearly won the Indy 500 in 1911 and 1912


Ralph Lauren's stunning 1930 Mercedes SSK, the one streamlined for Count Trossi. Rarest of the rare... (Photo by Michael Furman)


The Mercedes W 154 Silver Arrow that finished second in the 1939 Belgrade G.P., days before the start of WWII


The 1914 Mercedes Grand Prix car. Three of these swept the podium at the French G.P., two weeks before the start of WWI


Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1955 F1 championship in one of these, a Mercedes W 196 Silver Arrow


Plus a one-of-a-kind Mercedes "Brooklands" that raced in the 1911 & 1912 Indy 500s!

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ince 1983, the East Coast's premier vintage racing and concours event has been the Historic Festival weekend at Lime Rock Park, held annually on Labor Day weekend. No other venue in the U.S. has three days of on-track racing sandwiching a prestigious concours event all on the same property. Plus, there's the Thursday kick-off vintage and race car parade through the surrounding towns that ends with a "Welcome Party" on the streets of charming Falls Village.

Of course, the vintage racing on Saturday and Monday is as big and exciting as usual. There will be more than 300 cars and drivers, racing everything from cars built before WWI to the best competition machines from the 1920s to the 1970s.

In between the two race days is the prestigious Sunday in the Park Concours. For 2015, expect up to 250 cars comprising the Lime Rock Concours d'Elegance, lining the entire length of Sam Posey Straight, from the Downhill to Big Bend. The cars are judged by eminent experts, by class, on the basis of design, rarity, provenance and condition. The remaining mile of track is completely filled with some 750 additional collector cars, displayed by enthusiastic owners in groups according to marque and origin. This Gathering of the Marques is a fascinating, eclectic display, where you can get right up close to everything brought by the clubs, from the Citroen Deux Chevaux to the 300SL Gullwing.

Competition cars from Mercedes-Benz are the stars of Historic Festival 33: the #722 300 SLR that was driven to victory by friend of the event Sir Stirling Moss in the 1955 Mille Miglia, and three Silver Arrows Grand Prix cars! Many argue that Sir Stirling’s drive in the #722 is the greatest motorsport achievement of all time, and we are delighted to show the car to the public at Sunday in the Park. He and the ever-wonderful Susie will be attending alongside Jochen Mass as our Honored Guests for 2015, joining an encyclopedic collection of Mercedes-Benz grand prix, sports and production-based racing cars.

  • Honored Collector for Sunday in the Park 2015: The Jim Taylor Collection, Gloversville, New York
    • Jim’s unique perspective focuses heavily on collecting “survivors” – cars that show their history and wear it proudly, and aren’t always washed much less restored – as well as eclectic, special cars with significant character
    • For our event, Skip Barber and Murray Smith have selected a real variety of cars that show the difference of what Jim is all about. Those cars include:
      • “The Evangel,” a 1935 Ford V8 “gospel truck”
      • 1937 Horch 853A Cabriolet
      • 1953 Allard J2X Le Mans
      • 1964 AC Cobra (289 - CSX 2171)
      • 1958 AC Ace Bristol
      • 1962 Chevrolet Corvair wagon (with special factory 4-speed manual transmission)
      • 1932 Ford hot rod
  • Honored Motorcycle Collector for Sunday in the Park 2015: Team Obsolete: The Rob Iannucci Collection, Brooklyn, New York
    • Rob Iannucci is one of the great stewards of the vintage motorcycle racing community in North America and internationally; through his racing organization, Team Obsolete, he has participated in and won most of the important vintage motorcycle racing events in the world. Mr. Iannucci’s collection primarily focuses on bikes from Matchless and AJS, with a sprinkling of racing Harleys and other two-wheeled masterpieces, too. Not just any bikes, these are some of the most famous racing bikes in the world
    • Rob plans on bringing some of his personal favorites that include:
      • 1954 AJS 7R3 “Triple Knocker,” ex-Rod Coleman, 1954 Isle of Man TT winner
      • 1959 Matchless G-50 #1709, ex-Al Gunter
      • 1969 Arter G-50 “Wagon Wheels”
      • 1967 MV Agusta 500/3; this is one of the legendary "triples" used by Giacomo Agostini to win 13 of his 15 F.I.M. World Championships... The Ultimate!
      • 1972 Harley Davidson 750 XRTT – Cal Rayborn’s last and best XR 750TT... The Holy Grail of all the XR 750TT Harleys
  • More special features!
    • The entire production run of the Momo Mirage will be shown to the public, with the original body buck on display (also to be displayed in a tent on the Midway with a special feature film!)
    • A special class for cars in the Arnolt Bristol reunion and rally
    • Autograph sessions throughout the day with Sir Stirling Moss and Jochen Mass
So mark your calendar and plan a ride through the countryside to Lime Rock Park over Labor Day weekend. It's a weekend full of tradition, beauty and speed you don't want to miss!

Event Information
(schedule + groups)
Historic Festival 33 runs from
Thursday, Sept. 3 through Monday, September 7, 2015


Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Vintage & Historic Race Car Parade and Falls Village "Welcome" Street Party (Free to the public)
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Practice & Qualifying
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Races, Parade Laps & Demo Laps
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Sunday in the Park Concours & Gathering of the Marques car show
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Races, Parade Laps & Demos


Open: Racing Entry List.pdf
Open: 2015 Concours Classes.pdf