Vintage Sports Cars Parade Whets Car-Lovers’ Appetite

Put in Bay sports car racesIn full color and rich sound, the Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion took two honorary laps around the old road course

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Bert works the course!

 

 

on Monday evening. Below are only a few of the distinguished vehicles participating.  Click on any image for the large view!Put in Bay sports car races

 

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Put-in-Bay Road Race Film Discovered in Auction

8mm movie camera

8mm movie camera

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Race start on Delaware Street, circa 1959

In a stroke of good auction fortune, Alina and Steven Nemec came across an original 8mm film they believe captures scenes from the 1959 Put-in-Bay Road Race.  The Nemecs are well-known for discovering, sharing, and promoting the historical legacies of the Bass Islands in Lake Erie.

 

Robert J. Dodge, in Isolated Splendor (Exposition Press, 1975), writes

Various makes and sizes of sports cars competed in the races.  A few of the well-known makes entered were the English M.G., Siata, Lotus, Saab, Fiat-Abarth, Sprite, Turner, Morris, Elva, Porsche, Lester, Morgan, Triumph, and Arnolt-Bristol.  Entries were limited to one hundred cars in this the last remaining, true, United States road race in which the racers sped over regular streets through inhabited areas . . . An estimated 15,000 people attended the 1959 race.

For a thorough history of the road races held on South Bass Island, see  The Put-In-Bay Road Races, 1952-1963 by Carl Goodwin.  Current information about the resurrection of road racing at Put-in-Bay is available via the Put-in-Bay Road Race Heritage Society.

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Put-in-Bay Sports Car Racing Paddocks Open

Road Races Put in BayThe sports cars are here, there, and everywhere on South Bass Island.  Airport track time trials are this afternoon until 5pm, and then the two-lap events car parade around the original road course begins at 6pm.  Airport racing begins at 10am tomorrow!Put in Bay racing


Sunday Afternoon Weather Warning

Put in Bay_weather_08282016242 PM EDT SUN AUG 28 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A

* SPECIAL MARINE WARNING FOR...
  NEARSHORE AND OPEN WATERS FROM MAUMEE BAY OH TO THE ISLANDS OH...

* UNTIL 345 PM EDT

* AT 242 PM EDT...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...WAS LOCATED ALONG
  A LINE EXTENDING FROM 11 NM SOUTHEAST OF DETROIT RIVER LIGHT TO 8
  NM SOUTHEAST OF NORTH CAPE...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS.

  HAZARD...WIND GUSTS TO 40 KNOTS AND LARGE HAIL.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

  IMPACT...OVERTURNED AND CAPSIZED BOATS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  PUT-IN-BAY AND RENO BEACH.