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FALSL VILLAGE — The vintage race car parade rolled through Lime Rock, Lakeville and Salisbury on a bright summer afternoon, Thursday, Aug. 30, fetching up in downtown Falls Village.

There were more than 100 cars in the parade, with an emphasis on Bugattis. Mitch Conroy, the parade organizer from Lime Rock Park, said it might be the biggest gathering of Bugattis ever in the Northeast, if not the world. More than 30 of the cars were Bugattis; more are expected to take part in the weekend-long Historic Festival event.

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Lakeville Journal Sports

Weather and fashion dominate at Fitch’s horse trials

tarak@lakevillejournal.com

MILLBROOK — Brutal heat and steady downpours are par for the course for Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials participants. This past weekend (July 22 to 24) was no exception. The horse trials started on Friday, when heat advisories were in effect across the Northeast. In a concession to the weather, the dress code was relaxed and jackets were waived for the dressage phase of the competition.
More than 275 horse and riders teams were given starting times, and despite the challenging weather only a fraction withdrew before completing their rounds.

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Ice skating one way to keep cool in summer

Every summer while my friends were swimming at the beach, I’d be spinning, jumping, sweating and flying in the cool sanctuary that kept me an other-worldly pale: the ice rink at the International Skating Center of Connecticut (ISCC) in Simsbury.
I was dancing on knives, defying gravity and friction. Of course I fell a lot, too, garnering bruises on my hands and hips, a swollen elbow the size of a tennis ball, a sprained ankle, a concussion. Battle wounds.

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Sharon bridge scores

SHARON — There were 10 full tables for duplicate bridge at Good Neighbors on Low Road on July 20.
On that very warm day, the large room was relatively cool and comfortable. With three boards a round, 30 boards were in play. There was a skip after five rounds so all pairs played 27 boards. The average score was 108.
For North South pairs, in first with 134.38 points (62.21 percent) were Wendy Summer and John Bevan; in second with 133.31 points (61.72 percent) were Trish Stimpson and Harry Hall; in third with 133.06 points (61.60 percent) were Norma Bartholomew and Tom Burke.

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Sharon Fire Department hosts third Adult Soap Box Derby

A racer’s guide
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — The third annual Adult Soap Box Derby, hosted by the Sharon Fire Department, will be held this Saturday, July 23 (see story this page), and Miguel Balaguero will be ready to compete — for the third year running.
Balaguero, a Salisbury resident and member of the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Squad, named his entry, Pulse-Ox, after a piece of equipment used by EMTs. Actually, he will have two entries: Pulse-Ox 1 and Pulse-Ox 2.
At the first derby, Balaguero placed 13th out of 25. The second year he improved on that record slightly, coming in 20th out of 38 entries.

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Sharon Fire Department hosts third Adult Soap Box Derby

A viewer’s guide

SHARON —The third annual Adult Soap Box Derby races into scenic Sharon Valley this Saturday, July 23, at Veterans Field in the scenic Sharon Valley.
For the past two years, the Sharon Volunteer Fire Department has been host to the most interesting racing the area has to offer. A true do-it-yourself challenge for adults, it borders on foolish but is such highly contagious fun and is so outrageously entertaining that organizers anticipate record numbers for both spectators and entries, making this (we hope) one of the largest single-day events in the fire department’s 122-year history.

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‘Ride It If You Can’

Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials this weekend
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

MILLBROOK — There are horse trials and then there is Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials. Their slogan is Ride It If You Can. Competitors know that the courses are challenging — and spectators know that makes for exciting sport.

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Poughkeepsie driver wins Northeast Grand Prix

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LIME ROCK — National racing came to the Northwest Corner last weekend as Lime Rock Park hosted the American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix.
The Le Mans races last two hours, 45 minutes on tracks throughout the United States and Canada. Lime Rock is the shortest, and some say most difficult, track on the schedule, at1.5 miles with eight turns.
Thirty-one cars competed with teams of two drivers. Practice and qualifying races were held Friday, July 8, and the main race took off Saturday, July 9.

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Wets or slicks?

How rain impacts racing

LIME ROCK — Early Friday morning, July 8, before the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) qualifiers, the rain came down.

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Adult Soap Box Derby returns to Sharon July 23

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SHARON — The Sharon Fire Department will host its third annual adult soap box derby, on Saturday, July 23, at Veteran’s Field, Sharon Station Road. Registration is open from 7 to 10:30 a.m.
All drivers are required to attend a meeting that will begin at 10:30 a.m. The race starts at 11 a.m.
The derby is only open to drivers 21 and over. It’s a do-it-yourself competition. Entrants must build the cars themselves, and can not use kits. Complete rules can be downloaded at www.sharonfiredept.org/files.html.

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Sharon bridge scores

SHARON — On July 6 there were nine-and-a-half tables for duplicate bridge at Good Neighbors on Low Road in Sharon. We decided to play three boards a round and then, when the clock showed us it was time to go, just cut off the game. As a result we played only nine rounds and not 10. At that, we played 27 boards.The average was 108. There was a three-board sit out for the East West pairs.

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