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The Legends of Lime Rock

6 Decades in the Making

For the first time ever, the Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum has teamed up with Lime Rock Park and sponsor Vintage Racecar | Vintage Roadcar magazine to offer a special event, “The Legends of Lime Rock,” a driver reunion event taking place at the Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum. This one of a kind event that celebrates the Legends of Lime Rock and the 60th Anniversary of Lime Rock Park on August 26th , 2017.

The Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum is proud to announce their all-star Legend of Lime Rock panel: Skip Barber, Dave Nicholas, Butch Leitzinger, Bob Leitzinger and George Alderman will bring the past back to the future for the audience as they discuss “Cars, Drivers, Stories.” The drivers aren’t the only Legends of Lime Rock which will be celebrated. Part of the evening will be watching some of the cars in action in the Simeone Museum’s large driving area. Participants will be able to learn about the cars that graced this historic track 60 years ago. Many phenomenal pieces of racing history will be the subject of a talk by car aficionado Dr. Fred Simeone and demonstrated for attendees.

After beginning with an outdoor demonstration, the event will be followed by a buffet and cocktails where participants can mingle with the guest drivers and catch up with fellow driver friends that haven’t been seen for a long, long time. Moderators for the panel include Dr. Fred Simeone and Master of Ceremonies Dave Nicholas. The night promises to be a casual evening and a driver reunion too long in the making. Join us for the memories. Proceeds from the event go to the museum’s SAFETY program.

The Panelists

Skip Barber – John “Skip” Barber III is a retired American race car driver famous for winning three SCCA national championships in a row, finishing 3rd in the 1967 United States Road Racing Championship and the 1969 and 1970 Formula Ford National Championships. Skip has taken part in the Monaco Grand Prix, Dutch Grand Prix, United States Grand Prix, and the Canadian Grand Prix as well as countless other racing events, both big and small. In 1975, Skip began his second career and opened what is now known as the “Skip Barber Driving School” and later became the owner/operator of Lime Rock Park, which he still operates today. On March 2, 2013, Skip was inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame.

Dave Nicholas – Self proclaimed “racing nerd” Dave Nicholas almost never made it into racing. In 1963 he was banned from ‘Watkins Glen” for a year due to sneaking on the track to do some “unofficial testing.” Less than 10 years later, Dave won at Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio and Road Atlanta to take the 1973 class championship. He spent the next years racing when the right opportunities presented themselves and after almost 20 years, turned away from the sport in 1981. After 30 years absent from the sport, Dave found himself back in a race car in 2012 and during the 2014 season took the win in the Group 1 feature race of the Lime Rock Historics.

Oscar Koveleski – Oscar Koveleski is a retired American race car driver who found early success in racing. In 1950, Koveleski joined the SCCA and secured his first win, at Bone Stadium in Pittston, PA, a year later.  Oscar raced SCCA competitions throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s and also raced in both the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona. Oscar also won the ASR National Championship at Road Atlanta in 1970. He later served on the Board of Directors for the SCCA as a way to contribute to helping secure better safety initiatives for drivers. Oscar was inducted into the SCAA Hall of Fame in February of 2015.

Bob Leitzinger –Bob Leitzinger is a retired American race car driver best known for his 1st place finish IMSA GTU Championship in 1989. Between 1982 and 1993 Bob racked up five wins, 8 poles, and an impressive 34.7% podium percentage. With a love of both racing and family, Bob was responsible for bringing both his son Butch and  Brought his son, Butch, and stepson Chuck Kurtz into IMSA racing, Bob retired from driving to oversee the “Leitzinger Racing Team” but later returned to vintage racing in 2009.

Butch Leitzinger – Butch Leitzinger is currently a race car driver with the Dyson Racing team. Butch competed in every 24 Hour of Le Mans race from 1997 through 2003, with the exception of 1998, securing an overall third place finish in 2001, and won his class in 2001 and 2002. Butch is also known for competing in various NASCAR Series races. Butch won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, twice with Dyson Racing (1997 & 1999), and once in a Nissan 300ZX (1994).

George Alderman – George Alderman is an American born race car driver that began his racing days in 1956 and holds a very special place in the history of Lime Rock Park. Geroge raced a Formula III car at the very first Lime Rock event in April 1957 and continued racing Formula III through 1961.  In 1960 George took four wins and several more podiums to win the SCCA championship, including a first place finish at Lime Rock. He competed successfully in IMSA’s GT, GTO and GTU categories from ’71 through ’89.

A Night to Remember

Your evening will begin with a thrilling private outdoor driving demonstration of historic autos. These cars were among the first to grace Lime Rock in 1957. Immediately after the demonstration, the event will adjourn inside the Simeone Museum during which guests will enjoy cocktails and a delicious buffet before taking part in a roundtable discussion. Dr. Fred Simeone will moderate an all-star panel including Lime Rock great Skip Barber. When asked about his vision for the evening, Dr. Simeone explained. 

Fred Simeone Legends of Lime Rock

“We really want this to be a reunion of drivers. This will be an event where they can get together again, share stories and reminisce. Drivers form a lifelong bond on the track. We want to bring some of that to our event.”

Legends of Lime Rock Skip Barber

Joining Skip will be some of the greatest race car drivers from Lime Rock history.

The evening’s theme “Drivers. Cars. Stories.” will spotlight the true “Legends of Lime Rock.”

 

Book Your Tickets for the “Legends of Lime Rock”

You can use the form below to book this special evening at the Simeone Museum proudly sponsored by Vintage Racecar | Vintage Roadcar. Additionally, proceeds from the Simeone part of the event will go to support its educational program, SAFETY (Simeone Automotive Foundation Educating Today’s Youth).

 

Questions?

 

Did you know that distracted driving is the number one cause of death for America’s teens?  The Simeone Foundation SAFETY program was started to providing in-school classroom education and simulated driver experience. In doing so, we hope to help prevent motor vehicle and distracted driving crashes. Support this worthy cause while celebrating the “Legends of Lime Rock.”