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




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Again for 2021, we are offering our off-season rates until 6/15/20. Sun-Thurs is $100 per night plus tax for two persons. Enjoy the quiet time on PIB!  Got a group? Fill the house and your third day will be discounted.

We hope you join us in 2021. Feel free to give us a call at 419-285-7181 or look us up on your phone’s search engine and just press the call button. Our email address is info@blacksquirrelbnb.com.

 


National Park Service Approves Perry’s Victory Seawall Restoration

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service has approved a project that will repair and replace the north and south side concrete seawalls at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (PEVI).  Years of wave action, ice loading and geological processes have deteriorated and undermined the two seawalls resulting in the creation of sink holes and other unsafe conditions. Both seawalls are also functionally necessary to protect the cultural resources of the park due to the proximity of Lake Erie and the relatively low elevation of the park.

“We are grateful for the tremendous community support and involvement in this process, as well as the support from other federal, state, and local agencies in completing this important step. We look forward to the start of this project to restore the north and south seawalls later this spring,” Superintendent Barbara Rowles said.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project examined two alternatives in detail, addressed the environmental impacts of each alternative, and identified a preferred alternative. The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) explains why the selected alternative will have no significant effects on the human environment, and is based on the EA, comments received from the public, interested parties, other federal, state and local agencies, as well as staff during the public review period which concluded December 31, 2020. The FONSI summarizes the public comments received, lists the responses to those comments, and identifies the changes to the text in the EA as a result of comments received.

Together the FONSI, the EA and the response to public comments represent the NPS’s approved action to restore the seawalls and to preserve and protect the site’s properties and cultural resources associated with Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Project documents are available online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=62176.

 

 


Road Racing History Comes Alive at Put-in-Bay

Racing at the Put-in-Bay Airport in September!

For this year’s event race organizers have built on the enthusiasm for 2019’s “Tin-Top” celebration to invite drivers of vintage Volvos, VWs and Saabs to come share the fun as official featured marques. Also, the more-or-less annual Turner Reunion returns their event to “The Bay” as part of the featured marque group.  And finally, over the past year it seems the H-Modified crowd has caught wind of the goings-on at Put-in-Bay, so a contingent of Crosley/similarly- powered specials including several Berkeleys are expected to be on hand for the 2021 event.

As always, there will be the usual array of entrants racing in multiple classes in four groups plus exhibition. In addition to the on-track race entries there are also non-racing participant categories for Heritage Street Cars (qualified pre-’64 cars) and Guest Street Cars (generally post-’63 to ’72). The event is also the third leg of the 2019 “Great Lakes Vintage Challenge” whereby entrants in several production classes and in Formula Vee accumulate race-finishing points at the Waterford Hills Vintage Races, VSCDA’s Au Grattan event and at Put-in-Bay.

In addition to two full days of racing, the Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races event includes: tours of the original island course, several social events, a car show, rocker cover races, guest stories, and more. Spectating at the races and many of the other activities is open and free to the public.

For registration and more information visit: www.pibroadrace.com and feel free to click on the Facebook link to join us there where more than 1,400 enthusiasts keep current on all the latest Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races buzz.