Lime Rock 2013

Yep, it’s that time again. Time to start planning the 2013 version of the great Lime Rock adventure. Last year’s event was a huge success (I think) and everyone seem to enjoy themselves, particularly Lee Romano who was able to hot lap the track a bit. Pretty cool!

Okay, here’s the twist for 2013—a faux rally with established check points. The basic premise is you need to:

  • Submit your estimated time (starting at Mom’s like last year) for the whole trip
  • There will be mandatory stops (two) along the way, you’ll need to be able to estimate your time to each stop
  • I’ll come up with some kind of reward or prize for the team that is closest (but not over) their time-to-stop and their overall time
  • It’s going to be on the honor system as we’ll all be rallying (as it were)

Post your thoughts and comments on the idea here. All will be taken under advisement with my crack team of  rally experts and planners (Cooper, are you listening?).

There’s also been a bit of talk about making this an overnight affair, which I’m entirely game for. The only caveat being that Lee Romano can’t stay over on Saturday night as he has a gig to play on Sunday (does it every year). There are some great places to stay in the area and the grand Concours and parade are on Friday (along with some qualifying at the track) so it could be a great time. Let me know if you have thoughts on the idea.

Only 9 more months to go before the 2013 British Iron Tour! Gentlemen, get your cars ready to play!

Mom's in Wallingford, VT

Mom’s in Wallingford, VT

Gentleman’s Rally – Legs and Rules (such as they are)
And we’re off!

The Rules – First things first.

  • This is all on the honor system
  • No use of electronic anything—no phones, no GPS, no navigation systems—nothing, nada, zippo. And if I missed something on my short list, you know what I mean.
  • You must submit projected times for each leg as well as your total time at breakfast the morning of the event.
  • The first two stops are mandatory. Final route to Lime Rock is optional.
  • Paper maps, stop watches are acceptable. Professional rally timers are allowed but you’ll endure the lasting ridicule of all your mates for stooping to such chicanery.
  • Each car will get a 1 minute grace period (over/under) against their posted time. After that, time penalties will be assessed as follows: 1-5 minutes over/under, add 5 minutes to your time, 6-10 minutes over/under, add 10 minutes to your time.

The Route

Hemmings Sunoco 2

Hemming’s Sunoco, Bennington

  • Leg 1—Mom’s Country Kitchen in Wallingford, VT (27 N Main ST, Wallingford, VT) to Hemming’s Sunoco in Bennington (216 Main ST, Bennington, VT). Distance = 22.9 miles
  • Leg 2—Hemming’s Sunoco to Red Lion Inn (30 Main ST, Stockbridge, MA). We’ll meet in the parking lot on the RTE 7 side. Distance = 78 miles
  • Leg 3—Red Lion In to the ticket kiosk at Lime Rock Park ( 60 White Hollow Road Lakeville, CT). Your route from the Red Lion to the final checkpoint is up to you. Distance dependent on your route.
The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge

The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge


There will be a prizes awarded on each leg for the car closest to their projected time (one for the driver, one for the navigator). The grand prize will be complimentary dinner at Madison’s Brewery in Bennington on the way home or, if you’re unable to make our traditional stop at Madison’s, your ticket cost will be refunded to you.

I think that’s it for now. I have the four leg winner prizes on hand. If you have any questions or suggesting, send them on.