Put-in-Bay Road Race Film Discovered in Auction

8mm movie camera

8mm movie camera

Put in Bay Road Race

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.

Road Races Put in Bay


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One last look at Put-in-Bay before sailing east.

Military Personnel and Veterans Receive Acknowledgement at Bass Islands

U.S. FlagIn honor of the men and women who have served, sacrificed and continue to protect our country, active U.S. Military Personnel and American Veterans are invited to ride aboard, free of charge, Miller Ferry from Catawba to Put-in-Bay or to Middle Bass Island Saturday, May 28, through Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016. Miller Ferry asks that Military Personnel and Veterans please identify themselves with military ID at the ticket booth to obtain free round trip adult passenger tickets.

Perry’s Monument will also be conducting carronade and musket firing demonstrations on the Memorial grounds May 28 & 29. Additional information on other island businesses participating in the Memorial Weekend specials, events, and ferry schedules visit http://www.millerferry.com.

Active Military and American Veterans with Military ID can also receive these discounts at Put-in-Bay:

Saturday, May 28 through Memorial Day Monday, May 30

Boardwalk Main & Upper Deck Free bowl of lobster bisque.
Cameo Pizza 10% off any Cameo food item.
Candy Bar 10% off
Carriage House Gift Shop 20% discount on all merchandise.
Dairy Isle 10% off any food item.
E’s Golf Carts $5.00 off daily cart rental.
Heineman’s Winery 50% off combo tours. Pay only $4.00 for a winery tour, cave tour and a glass of wine or juice.
Hooligan’s 10% off any food item.
Island Bike & Cart Rental $5.00 off daily golf cart rental.
J.F. Walleye’s (Middle Bass Island) 50% off vacation rentals, golf cart rental and breakfast buffet.
Lime Kiln Bus Free transportation & $1.00 off for adult family members.
Miller Ferry Free transportation to Put-in-Bay or Middle Bass Island.
Pasquale’s Cafe 25% off meal (does not include alcohol).
Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center Free admission to Perry’s Cave & $1.00 off for adult family members.
Put-in-Bay Tour Train Free tour & $1.00 off for adult family members.
Reel Bar 20% off total food bill (does not include alcohol).
T & J’s Smokehouse 15% total off food bill (does not include alcohol).
The Butterfly House Free admission & $1.00 off for adult family members.
The Keys 10% off any food item.

Memorial Day ~ Monday, May 30

Mossbacks 50% off any food item.
Put-in-Bay Brewing Company Free souvenir pint glass with any purchase.
Put-in-Bay Surf Shop 25% discount.