Lime Rock Park's “Sunday in the Park Concours” has reached a level of prestige unsurpassed in recent years. Significant cars, people and collectors are now its hallmark, and 2013’s event will continue the tradition.
The Concours attracts everything from Brass Era and pre-WWI jewels to rare and unique vehicles from the 1920s onward. Passenger cars, race cars, one-offs and everything of importance to vintage automobile fans make their way to Lime Rock’s front straight for this very special early autumn Concours.
But there’s even more! Since 2009, the Sunday show also includes the “Gathering of the Marques,” which is literally hundreds of cars lining the rest of the track, grouped by make, model or country of origin. You’ll see huge displays of Shelbys and BMWs and Corvettes and Jaguars and MGs! Astons, Rolls and Lotuses! Porsches, Peugeots and Panteras! Volvos and Saabs, Minis, Mercurys, Mercedes and Mopars! Ferraris, Fiats and Lambos!
If it’s an interesting, fun car, you can be sure their owners find their way to Lime Rock’s Gathering of the Marques to park next to their brethren.
In other words, Sunday in the Park and the Gathering of the Marques in beautiful Lime Rock Park needs to be on your family’s calendar for the Labor Day Weekend!
- If you’re the owner of concours-quality car and wish to enter the Sunday in the Park Concours, click here for an application.
- If you’re interested in joining the Gathering of the Marques display, simply arrive Sunday morning, September 1, 2013, with your Sunday Admission Ticket (purchased in advance or at the gate) and you will be directed to park with the appropriate group.
- (If you’re a vintage race car driver, click here for more information about how to enter Historic Festival 31 racing competition.)
Whether you’re an entrant, participant or spectator, please do not hesitate to call us at 860.435.5000 for any information you may want concerning Sunday in the Park, the Gathering of the Marques or Historic Festival 31.
August 30 - September 2, 2013, Historic Festival 31 & Sunday in the Park Concours
No other venue in the U.S. has three days of on-track racing sandwiching a prestigious concours event – all on the same property. Since 1983, the East Coast’s premier vintage racing event has been the Historic Festival and its companion “Sunday in the Park Concours” (Sept. 1). With its famous free paddock access for all fans, Historic Festival 31 will be a feast for the senses: More than 300 vintage race cars will fill the grounds, the Swap Meet in the B Paddock will be packed, the Midway is always alive with activities – and the racing on the track is non-stop from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Monday. Historic Festival 31... There’s nothing like it anywhere else!
Sunday in the Park Concours Classes and Historic Festival 31 Race Groups below.
2013 Sunday in the Park Concours Classes
1. “Out in the Elements,” open vehicles of character and distinction, pre-1945
2. "They Don't Make ’Em Like They Used To," sedans and coupes to get you home, pre-1945
3. "Gatsby's Delights," rare and unique automobiles – simply great cars – from 1920 to 1942
4. “Risky but Racy,” drive at your own risk – competition machines of merit, pre-1945
5. "Off to Market, Home from Work," coupes, hardtops and wagons, 1945 to 1970
6. "Carry Your Weight," classics that “deliver,” commercial vehicles and woodies to 1955
7. “Fancy ‘n Fun," just the thing for a Sunday drive; convertibles 1943 to 1960
8. “For Road or Track,” sports cars 1945 to 1955; the cars the boys brought home
9. “Power to Spare – and Grace to Boot,” GT cars 1945 to 1959
10. "Businessmen's Express," GT cars 1960 to 1965. Success and speed allied for fun
11. "With Top When Needed," convertibles 1960 to 1972. Fun in the sun, and dry when needed
12. “Only the Best for Bond,” post-war Aston Martins to 1969. A tribute to the cars of Mister Brown
13. “Poised and Potent,” road racing’s streetwise reflections; sports cars 1956 to 1961
14. “A Sporting Proposition,” sports cars 1962 to 1970. A golden era of the sports car
15. “Speed & Style,” because it’s not simply when you arrive. It’s how… GT cars 1965 to 1970
16. “The Great Outdoors,” fresh air tastefully enjoyed, convertibles 1973 to 1985
17. “Keep the Shiny Side Up,” fast, fun sports cars 1970 to 1985
18. "Speed & Style Redux," GT cars 1970 to 1985, marvellous, mile-eating monsters
19. “Form Follows Function,” practical perfection, commercial and practical vehicles 1955 to 1985
20. "No Holds Barred," victory at all costs defined, post-war competition sporting machines
21. "Less is More," motorcycles, trikes and micro cars. The lighter side of getting going
22. “Torque It Up,” cars with urge to move you 1955 to 1975. Magnificent muscle
23."Creative Thinking," interesting, unique, between-the-cracks transport
24. "Latest Editions,” significant vehicles of interest post-1985
25. “A Clever Cunningham,” accolades for this very rare breed of American racers
26. “911 Sports and GT Heaven,” Need we say more?
27. “The Value of Valves On Top,” 100 years of Buick brilliance
28. “The Marvel of McLaren,” 50 years since the founding
29. “Elan Elation,” we add lightness 50 years hence
a. “The Road Racers Roost,” an award for the most enviable compound in the Lime Rock Paddock
b. “Pick of the Paddock,” a car raced on Saturday – and shown on Sunday
c. “Auriana’s Apple,” the car our Honored Collector would most like to see recognized
d. “From the Ground Up,” award for car craft and restoration perfection
e. “A Damsel’s Delight,” our version of Ladies Choice
f. “Guest’s Choice,” the car our Honored Guest would like to take home
g. “Classic & Sports Car Magazine” Special Selection, the editor’s favoured ride
h. “Youthful Exuberance,” the Ronald McDonald House Kids committee choice
i. “People’s Choice”
j. “Rolex Best of Show”
In addition, there are five “Sunday’s Best/Skip’s Selection” awards for otherwise unrecognized excellence
Gathering of the Marques
Recognition of the best from each of the following gatherings; more marques may follow and will be added as they’re confirmed
AMC, Audi, Bentley, BMW, BMW 2002, Britain: MG, Austin-Healey, Morgan et al., Chrysler, Ford, France (Cars of), General Motors, Italy (Cars of), Jaguar, Japan (Cars of), Lotus, Mercedes-Benz, Mini (old and new), Miata, New England Antique Racers, Porsche, Race Car Alley, Rally Cars, Rolls-Royce, Saab, Shelby, VW, Volvo, Late Arrivals/unclassified
Historic Festival 31 Competition Race Groups
1. “Speed and Agility,” small-bore post-war sports and GT cars
2. “The Dawn of Real Performance,” racing and sports cars to 1949
3. “Racing Icons,” the Porsche 911 turns 50
4. “Who Needs Fenders,” built for victory, formula cars to 1965
5. “Built to Win,” sports racers 1950 – 1962
6. “No Holds Barred,” a formula libre category
7. “Wild, Wild Horses,” Big-bore post-war sports and GT cars
8. “Sophisticated and Specialized,” sports racers 1965 – 1976
9. “Fast and Furious,” original Trans-Am cars, 1966 – 1972