Put-in-Bay 2021 Vintage Races Announce ‘50s PiB Racer Ed Eichenlaub Honored Guest

Put-in-Bay, OH 4/13/21 – The Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races are pleased to announce that ‘50s-era competitor Ed Eichenlaub will be an honored guest at this year’s event to be held September 21-24. The Modern-day PiB Sports Car Races have been held on Ohio’s South Bass Island since a small 2009 “reunion” in honor of the original races (run through the narrow streets of Put-in-Bay in the ‘50s and early ‘60s) evolved into an increasingly popular (almost) annual re-creation of those races. (The 2020 event was canceled due to the pandemic.)

Ed Eichenlaub & Porsche Speedster 1958

Ed will be on hand to recount his memories of racing at Put-in-Bay (and many other races of the era) at the wheel of a Triumph TR3 in 1956, a Porsche 1600 Super Coupe in ’57 and a Porsche Speedster in ’58.  Not your average 91-year old, Ed’s daily driver around his home in Chandler, AZ is a Porsche Cayman.

“Registration for our 2021 event opened on New Years Day, and entries have been streaming in ever since,” said race director Jack Woehrle who reminds those who do plan to enter but haven’t done so already: “To receive a $50 early-entry discount, we must receive your entry prior to May 1st.”

Featured marques for this year’s event represent “quite a smorgasbord” notes Woehrle. On the menu are vintage Volvos, VWs and Saabs plus H-Modifieds of all flavors and the 2021 North American Turner reunion is mixed in. There will also be the usual array of entrants racing in multiple classes in four groups plus exhibition and non-racing participant categories for Heritage Street Cars (qualified pre-’64 cars) and Guest Street Cars (generally post-’63 to ’72).

The Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races event also includes: police-escorted tours of the original island course, a car show, rocker cover races, guest stories, and more — most of which are free and open to the public for viewing.  For registration and more information visit: www.pibroadrace.com


Coordinator, Media Contact: Manley Ford manley776 “at” yahoo.com 734 502 2435

Race Director: Jack Woehrle: jackwoehrle “at” aol.com 803 463 5388

Car Show Coordinator: Rich Hahn: putinbaytr3 “at” yahoo.com 216 226 2323

The Island in Bloom

The Island in Bloom, by Amanda Downey

Take a moment to notice the new daffodils &  tulips coming alive once again.  The spring sun awakening their bloom.  Oh, the familiar yellow colors of the Gold Forsythia Shrubs just as bright as a golden finch.

And the Dogwoods coming to life with their lovely white weeping petals.  As the earth laughs in flowers, remember to stop and smell the roses every now and then.  Enjoy the sunshine, the birds chirping a new song for the day.

Stop and notice the beauty all around you, in full bloom.  How lovely the silence is of growing things.

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”  -Gerard De Nerwal

NPS Accepting Proposals for Perry’s Monument Seawall Restoration Project 

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) is soliciting proposals on a full and open basis from all interested businesses having the capability to perform the work described below. The solicitation will be issued electronically on the Government-wide Point of Entry (GPE) website at https://beta.sam.gov/.  Proposal documents will be available for download in Microsoft Word, HTML, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe PDF; Specifications will be available in Adobe PDF format; and drawings will be available in PDF format. Specific instructions on submitting your proposal will be contained in the solicitation documents to be issued on or about April 15, 2021.

Vendors can search for the project solicitation on https://beta.sam.gov/ without registering.  This website has a “watch list” where you can add your company’s interest by registering in beta.sam.gov.  Specific instructions can be found on this website. Registering provides the opportunity to receive notifications; this is a tool of convenience only and does not serve as a guarantee of notification.

For questions about contract solicitation, contact NPS Contracting Officer Bai Perney at bai_perney “at” nps.gov or 303-987-6766.

The work of this project includes the rehabilitation and replacement of the North and South Seawall, approximately 1,900 feet (ft) and 1,500 ft long, upgrades to the storm-water system, and associated site restoration work. Associated restoration includes the relocation of the following utilities: water, electric, and communications. Work identified to be completed on the seawalls includes the demolition and replacement of the North Seawall – Center section, removal of the top section and raising the elevation of all other wall sections, performing repairs on the existing structures to remain and extending the South Seawall – West section along Delaware Avenue. The sidewalk along the South Seawall will be replaced and a sidewalk will be added alongside the North Seawall. Work to the storm-water system includes adding a packaged pump system, additional catch basins and pipes will be installed, flap gates will be added to the outlets on the seawall and the site will be regraded in specific locations to facilitate water flow to the drainage utilities.

Superintendent Rowles said, “We are excited for the contract solicitation to be open for proposals leading to an award and the start of the construction phase of this project later this summer. This is an important step forward to protecting the park and providing access for visitors enjoyment.”