In spite of light rain during the feature races of the Put-in-Bay Road Race Heritage Society, drivers donned safety equipment, fired up the motors, and accelerated briskly around the race course at Put-in-Bay Airport (3w2). Such perseverance is indicative of the steady and strong characters involved in heritage motor racing. According to Rick Drewry, title sponsor representative from American Modern Insurance, “There is cross-country interest in vintage racing because innovators bring ingenuity to the track.” Many of the automobiles begin with stock
equipment and are modified to improve power, traction, gearing, and suspension. “The suspension is what puts the power on the ground,” said Drewry, who claims to be more of an aficionado now than when he was introduced to racing by his father. He is a car builder/racer in a drag racing league, and his work for American Modern Insurance has highlighted the value behind what people can do at different levels with varying budgets. “The common denominator among racing enthusiasts,” he announced, “is passion and camaraderie!”
Insurance valuation for racing cars is a complex mixture of facts and subjectivity. Drewry, who personally oversees claims issues across the United States (often for high-profile ventures), reports “quality of build, race history, documented paper trail, and market & pedigree are critical factors.” Connections to the likes of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, A.J. Foyt, or Mario Andretti, regardless of the car’s other data, can elevate the vehicle’s value considerably. Collector cars, restorations, and race cars are a safe market for insurance because of the unique elements identifying each automobile, explained Drewry. “These cars won’t be chopped or made available for re-sale by thieves. The meticulous care given by owners is what allows American Modern to offer personalized attention to clients.”
Much deserved appreciation goes to Put-in-Bay EMS and Volunteer Fire Department members who were on scene to provide safety awareness and emergency assistance. Additional event images below reveal the scope of automobile history provided by the Road Race Heritage Society. The closing event, on Wednesday, 30 August, will be the Car Show held across the street from the Perry Monument from 9am to 11:30am.