Lime Rock Park, Lakeville
Categories: Tourist Spots, Auto Race Tracks
Lime Rock Park is a natural-terrain motorsport road racing venue located in Lime Rock, Connecticut, United States, a hamlet in the town of Salisbury, in the state's northwest corner. The track is owned by Skip Barber, a former race car driver who started the Skip Barber Racing School in 1975.HistoryThe 1.5-mile Lime Rock track was originally conceived of in 1956 by Jim Vaill, who, along with John Fitch and Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, built the track utilizing state-of-the-art road and highway safety principles of the time. The first race, a mix of G-Production class and an MG class, was held on April 28, 1957. The winner of the G-Production was Ted Sprigg in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The winner of the MG class was Charles "Skip" Callanan in an MG TC. In 1959, Limerock hosted the Little Le Mans race, won by Charles "Skip" Callanan and Roger Penske in a Fiat Abarth. In 2008, the track was re-paved and two new corner complexes were added.The track has a loyal following, though it did face some resistance from the local community shortly after it opened. In 1959, the Lime Rock Protective Association, with support from the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church, took the park to Litchfield Superior Court in an effort to ban Sunday racing. The court issued a permanent injunction against Sunday racing, and its decision was upheld by the Connecticut Supreme Court. While restrictive, the carefully crafted injunction was also enabling. It preserved the track's right to conduct unmuffled sports car racing on Fridays and Saturdays, plus testing on Tuesdays and other operating benefits. The injunction stands to this day.Before you head to Lakeville, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Lakeville vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Lakeville has to offer, including Lime Rock Park.
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I have been going to races and other events at Lime Rock Park (LRP) for the better part of 50 years and have seen some of the worlds best drivers and races there. My wife and I decided to go to the tr... read more »
I'm not a racing fan but my husband and the other couple we were with are but even I have to admit that it's a gorgeous racing venue. There's no grandstands here but you can get up close to the track ... read more »
This track is beautiful and expertly managed. It's as much fun to be a spectator as well as a driver.
Very respectful staff, visitors and participants, with unmatched access to check out the cars, watch the races and enjoy your day. Natural landscape allows for viewing a large amount of the track with many spots shaded by large well maintained trees. Speaker system is clear and loud enough to understand without disrupting your evening.
Cool track, event was reasonably priced. Loses a star due to lack of water refill spots (no potable water refills), overpriced store, and lack of covered viewing areas for general admission.
Facilities were clean. Spent the weekend camping. Staff was excellent at answering questions. Lunch did come a bit late for the corral but it was extremely busy
I went here for the 34th historic races and loved it. I can't wait to get on the track myself.
Great place to see beautiful cars on the track, in a beautiful location.
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