Through The Esses - A Vintage Festival Is Easy On The Eyes  Take A Look
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If you have ever found yourself looking through an internet photo gallery of shots taken at a Vintage racing festival and thought, "Gee, that looks like a great place to spend some time, watching some great racecars from the past back on the track!", then this weekend might be the best time to focus those eyes on the real thing. God knows the resolution is better! And the noise - if the internet site even has any to offer - is not coming at you out of a pair of computer speakers. No, when you are trackside at a vintage festival that noise comes to you unfiltered and direct from the engines of the cars speeding by. And it is an intoxicating noise indeed.

Lime Rock Park is located in the northwest corner of the state of Connecticut. Every year a vintage festival takes place over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. The tradition continues this weekend with the Rolex Vintage Festival presented by BMW.

The weather man is predicting low humidity and high sunshine for the 3-day festival which includes races on Saturday and Monday, and a "Sunday in the Park" display of beautiful cars on the middle day of the festival. Why no racing on Sunday too? The rules were spelled out by the townspeople back in 1957 when the track was first constructed. And the rules have never been changed in the 48 year history of the circuit.

Aston Martin is the marque that will be singularly honored at this year's festival. A man who achieved a modest degree of success behind the wheel of an Aston-Martin - winning the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans in an Aston Martin DBR1 - Carroll Shelby, will also be a featured guest. There will be many a Cobra and Mustang on the grounds for sure this weekend, as the fans and fanatics love to bring their prized personal cars to this event. And what better experience could a proud owner have than to hang out with the man who started the whole Shelby Cobra mystique in the first place?

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