Lime Rock Park To Host Spring Motorcycle Rally

LAKEVILLE, CT – The bucolic setting of Lime Rock Park race track will be the site of a new motorcycle rally next month, designed to jump start the riding season in southern New England as motorcyclists get their bikes out of winter storage.

Presented by Spectro Performance Oils and Lime Rock Park, and benefiting Autism Speaks, the “Ride1 Rally” will be held from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. 

The rally is open to all riders and there’s no charge, although donations will be encouraged. It will be preceded by a charity ride from various locations.

“It’s a wake up, get out of bed, get that bike out (event),” said Walter Irvine, vice president of sales for Lime Rock, who recalled talking with Spectro president Alex Josefson a few weeks ago and suggesting partnering on a rally to get riders’ minds back on riding.

“The main goal is to get people excited about the riding season,” said Luke Calzone, director of marketing for Spectro. He said plans call for a vendor midway with dealers, museums, and food trucks dispensing a variety of edibles. There will be a bike show and stunt show.

Members of the Yankee Beemers club did parade laps at Lime Rock in 2012

“This is a family-oriented event,” said Calzone, adding that non-riders are also welcome to attend. “It’s a cool event. It’s a cool venue.”

The Ride1 Rally has already quietly launched a website and Facebook page  and now plans to actively begin promoting the event – even as plans continue to come together.

Calzone was at this point unable to give launch points for the charity ride, other than Spectro headquarters in Brookfield, CT. He did say riders will likely gather for donuts and coffee between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and then ride to Lime Rock in groups.

Calzone said another possibility for the Ride1 Rally is for dealers to offer demo rides on new models, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. However, Rick Dolson of Royal Enfield dealer Iron Horse Customs in Kent, CT, said his store will definitely be there with new models to try out. 

About Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Vermont Academy, he received a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2008 Ford Ranger pickup.


  1. Elwood P. Suggins

    I think that the organizers should plan for and encourage a vintage contingent. I think it would add to the quality of the show if a contingent of vintage bikes were included.

  2. Harley riders want to know if trailers are allowed on the track………(sorry, couldn’t resist)

  3. Will we get to ride the track quickly ?

  4. This sounds great and Lime Rock is a nice venue. Just hope the locals don’t get upset.

  5. This rally is non-denominational. All brands are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only pics of Lime Rock that I had happened to have some BMW owners doing parade laps.

  6. The big question is: Will non BMWs be welcome and respected?