Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races, Tuesday through Thursday September 19-21, 2023, will honor Japanese marques.
For those not familiar with the Put-in-Bay event, here are a few things that make it unique:
- Small-bore sports cars raced the narrow streets of the island from 1952-1959 and one ‘last time’ in 1963.
- Vintage Races held at the Put-in-Bay Airport since 2012 (except 2020).
- Today’s challenging and competitive 1.2-mile hay-bale lined course rewards precise braking and nimble handling on a pristine surface that offers excellent grip, numerous passing opportunities, and varieties of racing lines.
- Besides two days of racing, there is also an all-entrant’s car show, police-escorted tour-laps of the original 3.1-mile road course, social gatherings. and the highly competitive and entertaining “rocker cover races.”
[images courtesy SVRA and Classic Motorsports]
“By opening entry eligibility to enthusiasts of the next generation of small-bore sports cars and sedans we feel we are staying true to the concept of the original Put-in-Bay Road Races while also expanding our ‘reach’ to a broader group of vintage racers,” said event coordinator Manley Ford. Adding that the annual Put-in-Bay event has entry options for both racing- and non-racing participants, Ford notes, “We also expect to attract a broader slate of street-car entries and spectators as well.”