Lime Rock Park: The Secret
Valley of Racing
CT PBS channel 10 here in SE CT reran the 2001 documentary
Lime Rock Park: The Secret Valley of Racing. This video
is a great hour on the history of this track, the drivers and this lovely
area of Connecticut. It includes drivers John Fitch, Paul Newman, Sam Posey
and Skip Barber. Regretfully there is no demo of it on the author/directors
Chris Szwebos web site, however any of the following links will get you to
a place to purchase it for less than $25.00 plus shipping.
| All the following Chris Szwebo videos are short demos and are a great way to enjoy motorsports
and the their personalities and his talent. |
Challenge This short demo includes an animation of
one lap at Lime Rock from the start
finish line, through the sweeping right hand turn named Bend Bend then into
the Esses and a couple of uphill curves to a steep uphill. Then from the
top of the hill into West Bend that leads under the Limerock.com
bridge to a steep downhill into a right turn back onto the main straightaway.
Although the track has been modified at the base of the steep hill and at
West end, one still gets a great view of the layout. I have many video's
from this track at Doc's Fli.
Tribute to John Fitch" Mercedes Benz commissioned this
tribute to John Fitch as he was one
of their factory race team drivers in the early 1950s. From there
he joined the Corvette race team in 1956 and Corvettes were never the same
again. Footage includes him driving his Phoenix, which is always with
him at the local races. I have lots
of others jpegs and video's of this Connecticut treasure.
Rock Winter This short clip showing Lime
Rock in the snowfall with the familiar tower, walk over bridge
and sun shade shelter for race workers at Big Bend. I do the same in winter,
and love the view and photograph a New England snow fall on my Barn.
Gullwing at Twilight: The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch This
clip shows John Fitchs run at
the 2005 Bonneville Salt Flats in a 1955 Gullwing Mercedes Benz. The nearly
90 year old Fitch drove this same model in European race events 50 years
ago. We also get a glimpse of his wife and her feelings about his career
as a driver.
Cars Just a Bugatti
Split Window Coupe out cruising in beautiful scenery, followed by a Mercedes Boat Tail Speedster. Lastly a silver
Cars 2 Just a Jaguar D
type and two Blood Red 1950s Ferraris
out cruising as if that isn't enough.
Run A short clip of a racers thoughts and part of a
lap at Lime Rock.
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