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Hot time at Historic Fest despite a soggy Sunday at the Park

LIME ROCK — If car fans have to choose one day out of three for bad weather, most would vote to rain out the parade or concours day, to ensure that the track is dry and safe for racing on the other two days.

And that’s how it turned out during the 39th Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park over Labor Day Weekend, when there was excellent weather for the parade through Salisbury and Falls Village on Thursday; the practice laps on Friday; and the actual races on Saturday and Monday.

Sunday, when racing is not allowed at the track, was the concours, with vintage (and some new) cars lined up along the edges of the mile-and-a-half track. It was chilly and wet, with a steady downpour that lasted all day. The turnout nonetheless was large and enthusiastic, with lots of cars and lots of people. 

More than 200 cars were studied by a panel of judges. Best in Show was awarded to Anthony Wang’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART. 

Tom Cotter (a car collector famous from books and YouTube) and Wayne Carini (host of television’s Chasing Classic Cars) had cars in the judging. 

Carini’s 1938 Jaguar SS100 was awarded Best Foreign. Cotter’s 1952 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe was selected as the Honored Collector’s Choice Award, which was presented by Steven Harris, whose notable collection of Porsches was the centerpiece of this year’s Historic Festival weekend.

Other awards went to:

• Best in Class P356 & Autodromo Watch Award: Richard Strahota 1955  Porsche 356 (Pre-A)

• Best in Class P911 & Autodromo Watch Award: Steve Torkelson 1965 Porsche 912

• Turtle Invitational Award: D. Mullunery 1998 AMG

•Sports Car Market  Award: Murray Smith 1965 Porsche 911S

• Greenwich Concours Award: Jean Linderman 1910 Stanley

• Hagerty Spirit of Motoring: Allan Warner 1932 MG

• Concours Special Award:  Andrew Benenson 1949 Bentley

•Concours Special Award: Nathanial Mundy, 2020 Glickenhaus Boot, 1967 McQueen Baja Boot

•Outstanding Porsche:   Richard Strahota 1955  Porsche 356 (Pre-A)

• Best American: Robert Skrip 1965 Buick Roadmaster.


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