Lime Rock Race track is a muffled and unmuffled car and motorcycle track currently running six days a week. It has operated for the last 60 years under a series of court injunctions which ban all Sunday racing and otherwise restrict the track’s activities, particularly with regard to unmuffled racing. Over the years, several of these injunctions were issued upon agreement of the track with its neighbors, agreements which constitute contracts between the track and the neighbors. All previous agreements have successfully banned Sunday racing.
Three years ago the track filed a lawsuit seeking to breech its contracts and to overturn the governing court injunction to allow Sunday racing and increase the unmuffled events. Named as defendants were the Town of Salisbury, Music Mountain, Trinity Church, Lime Rock Cemetery and many of the neighbors. The Lime Rock Citizens Council (“LRCC”), was formed soon after the Track filed the lawsuit, and also became a defendant. Since its formation, the LRCC, in full cooperation with the other defendants, has fought in court to maintain the pre-existing agreement (the status quo) not to allow Sunday racing.
Historical Lime Rock
Lime Rock Village circa 1870
Did you know…
Lime Rock is a historic district and listed as such in the National Register of Historic Places?
Its designation includes private and public residences, all occupied as well as commercial and religious buildings. Richard Upjohn built Trinity Church in 1873 in the Gothic Revival style. Mr. Upjohn was one of the founders of the American Institute of Architects in1857.
As you drive over the bridge on Salmon Kill Road heading towards Salisbury, note the marker on the right. This is the site of Thomas Lambs’ forge of 1735. This marked the beginning of the iron industry in Lime Rock. From this point as you follow the wanderings of the Salmon Fell Kill, you are walking in the footsteps of hundreds of workers who manned the forges, maintained the blast furnace, cut trees for charcoal, and tended the animals that pulled the carts. You pass the Holley & Coffing office, blast furnace and weigh station on Furnace Road, the hotel at the Route 112 bridge and housing for the workers spread through the village.
In all, there are seventy-seven sites within Lime Rock District #4 listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This is our village, we live within or around these historic sites everyday. We take pride in our homes, our village and just want Sunday to be our day to enjoy where we have chosen to live.