For Part I of this series, click here.

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As the group numbers get higher, the cars get faster and more exotic. The sun also got brighter and the no doubt the track surface got stickier. Let’s jump right in with the beautiful sports cars of Group 5.

Group 5: Mid-century sports racers

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U. Daniel Ghose, 1955 Jaguar D-Type

An honest-to-goodness D-Type. I never thought I’d see one in motion. It wasn’t the fastest car on the grid, but who cares! It was a dang Jaguar D-Type!

Richard Kresch, 1970 Royale RP4

Robert Bodin, 1965 Lotus 26R

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This is probably the one I would want to race out of all the cars on track that day. The Lotus 26R is the archetype of the small, lightweight sports racing car.

Roger Mandeville, 1961 Porsche RS61

The Porsche RS61 is a close second for the one I would want to race, but I think the rear-engine layout would probably put me into a wall sooner or later.

Camilo Steuer, 1957 Maserati 300S

I would love to know why this Maserati sits so low at the rear end. My first guess was that there was a body in the trunk, but then I reconsidered. I did some searching but found nothing, so if you know, please leave a message in the comments.

Tony Wang, 1958 Ferrari TR 250

Bob Tkacik, 1965 Elva Mk7S

Danny Baker, 1963 Lotus 23B

Paul Stinson, 1958 Devin SS

Charles Bordin, 1959 Philson-Falcon


Group 6: Sportsman’s choice... a delightful mixed bag

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Group 6 had a pretty accurate name. There’s a wide range of cars here, from Lotus 7s that will blow away in a strong breeze to a Jaguar MkI you could use to take the family to church before the race.

Paul Adams, 1956 Elva Mark II

Lulu Wang, 1959 Ferrari 250 Inter

Michael Ballo, 1963 Sabel Porsche

Simon Aldridge, 1958 Jaguar MkI

That amount of lean in a race car must take some getting used-to.

Margo Otey, 1975 BMW 2002

Rich Kuschner, 1963 Volvo 122 Amazon

Michael Kaleel, 1962 Lotus Super 7


Group 7: Big-bore production sports & GT cars

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Group 7 was fast. The leaders in the E-Types put on a great show, with lots of four-wheel drifts coming out of the turns. This group also made a great noise.

Art Hebert, 1965 Jaguar E-Type

Douglas Fraser, 1966 E-Type

Joel Lipperini, 1982 Ferrari 308/288GTO

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I was curious to know what a Ferrari 308/288 GTO is, since I know what a 308 and a 288 GTO are separately, so I did a little searching. Turns out that this is a 308 with a special conversion to 288 GTO spec, and this particular example is for sale if you want it. It makes sense since an original 288 GTO is probably to valuable to race.

Jim Hamblin, 1968 Porsche 911

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Here we can see the evolution of the Porsche 911’s rear wings, starting with the famous “duck tail” of the 1960s...”

Richard Dobush, 1973 Porsche 911 RS

Roger Funk, 1976 Porsche 911

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...to the tea tray of the mid- to late 1970s.

Frank Grimaldi, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

Chris Homer, 1964 Chevrolet Corvette

Joseph Riolo, 1972 Datsun 240Z


Group 8: Not quite street legal... tastily modified production cars

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Another highly varied group, Group 8 was also very entertaining.

Vince Vaccaro, 1972 Alfa Romeo GTV

Mike Agnifilo, 1972 Datsun 510

Theodore Goneo, 1968 Porsche 911

Olga Reindlova, 1969 Porsche 911

Mike George, 1983 BMW 325i

Jim Glabicky, 1968 Datsun Roadster

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I don’t know why Jim Glabicky’s Datsun was smoking so much, but it did not seem to slow him down. Maybe it was just buring off extra oil?


Group 9: Formula Libre post-1970 sports and racing cars

Group 9 was the fastest group at Historic Festival 33. In fact, a Group 9 car holds the absolute lap record at Lime Rock Park (although the Disembodied Voice did not mention who actually holds the record). Surprisingly, the open-wheeled cars were not the fastest in the field.

Duncan Dayton, 1972 Chevron B23

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That’s Duncan Dayton of Highcroft Racing. This team has raced prototypes at the top levels of sports car racing in the United States and Europe and know they are campaigning a deltawing concept similar to what I saw at the Tudor United Sports Car 6 Hours at the Glen earlier this year.

Dayton was fast. He would have won the race except for a mechanical problem on the last lap.

Howard Katz, 1975 Toj SR

James Freeman, 1967 Matich SR3

Freeman’s Matich was faster than the #272 Osella just about everywhere but this corner, so the Osella tried to make a pass here on almost every lap but could never pull it off. Because the rear wing on the Matich made it look so much bigger than the Osella, the whole situation reminded me of going to the go-kart track and being stuck by a dad and his kid in a double-kart that was too wide to pass.

Nick Grewal, 1973 Osella Abarth

Glenn Taylor, 1982 Ralt RT-5 FA

Dave Porter, 1979 March 79B

Mark Green, 1988 Ralt RT-5


Infield and Paddock

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The infield and paddock area is basically a giant car show. Anytime you want to walk through you are bound to run into something on display that make your eyes come out on stalks, like this 1908 Mercedes Brooklands. Or a 1955 Mercedes W-154. Or the 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing that Sir Sterling Moss drove with Denis Jenkinson to win the Mille Miglia. Or, if you are looking for a project car, there’s a completely disassembled something that you can buy and haul away.