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




Chili Wiener Curling Championship Held at Put-in-Bay

Championship Trophy

The first annual Black Squirrel Chili Wiener Curling Championship took place on the ice near “A” Dock at Put-in-Bay Harbor Tuesday.  The Champion’s Trophy was awarded to “Team Kool Runnings.”  Equipment included water-filled frozen jugs and brooms.  Rob Hard and Maria Pope, proprietors of Black Squirrel B&B, sponsored the competition.  Mr. Hard is the purveyor of the finest Chili Wieners around the Bass Islands. 


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.