1999 Dodge Vintage Festival
Lime Rock has long been a venue for sports car racing. Of all the events I've been to so far, Lime Rock was by far the most satisfying and fun. I went down late Friday night, pitched a tent on the infield, and woke up to a strange wooshing sound, which after some investigation (it was VERY foggy) proved to be a hot air balloon taking off from the track. Soon, the fog burned off, the groggy race fans crawled out of their sleeping bags, and cars started their warmup laps. Cars race in various classes, separated by age and displacement. Saturday and Monday are race days, Sunday is the concours. Lime Rock has an agreement with the church next to the track that there will be no racing on Sunday.
The Vintage Festival at Lime Rock is NOT to be missed by the serious gearhead. The atmosphere is laid back, the people are great, and you can walk right up to the cars and drivers in the paddock. This is the kind of access you just can't get at most racing events. Accomodations are not first-rate; you are pitching a tent on the infield with thousands of other crazed race fans, using the same bathrooms and showers. If you pitch camp next to the "wrong" people, you'll spend the night either drinking heavily with them or cursing them as you lay awake unable to sleep. It's a family environment in that there are plenty of kids around, but it's definitely a notch or two rowdier than your average Good Sam RV park. From what I hear, it's tamer than the "good old days", which is a good or bad thing depending on which side of the "old fart" fence you live on.