2021 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races Returns September 20th

7 January Update:  Keep up with developments and see the growing Sports Car Races and Reunion entry list!

2021 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races & Reunion will provide two full days of racing on the Put-In-Bay Airport as well as a full day of events preceding the race days.

Much more than just a VINTAGE RACE, the Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races and Reunion also welcomes owner-drivers of non-racing, vintage sports cars of types similar to the race cars.  These “street cars” participate in all the various events and activities, except for the actual races.

Put in Bay Road RacersBeginning with a small event in 2009, the Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion celebrates sports car races that were held on the streets of the town of Put-in-Bay on Ohio’s South Bass Island from 1952 to 1959 and in 1963. The three-day reunion engages racers and non-racers alike in an event that reaches back in time to capture the history and re-create the atmosphere of sports car racing of that era in a uniquely beautiful setting. Book-ended around two days of Vintage sports car racing at the island’s airport, is a balanced mix of events honoring the island’s racing history, a few social gatherings, a car show, original course controlled laps and airport-track lapping, self conducted island rally, rocker cover races and plenty of unstructured time as well.

Provisional Overview of Events ~ What to Expect 

Sunday, September 19 – Weekly Island “Antique” Car Parade (1:30 pm).

Monday, September 20 – Load-in to paddocks, Registration, Tech Inspection (1 – 5 pm).

Tuesday, September 21 –Load-in to paddocks, Registration, Tech Inspection, All-Entrants Meeting (Island Rules of Engagement), Entrants Car Show, Laps of Original Put-in-Bay Race Course, History Recollections Roundtable, Wine & Cheese Welcome Party.

Wednesday, September 22 – Driver’s “School”, Racing/Exhibition Driver’s Meeting, Racing orientation and practice sessions commence at 10 am, Ladies Luncheon, Rocker Cover races at the Goat Soup & Whisky Tavern, All-Sedan “Tin Top” race.

Thursday, Septeber 23 – Race Day 2 at the Put-in-Bay airport. Featuring qualifying races in the morning, track “Lunch Lapping” for Street Car participants, followed by Feature Races and the Put-In-Bay Cup race. Racing awards party following the on-track activities.

Friday, September 24 – Farewell morning brunch, open microphone/critique and departure.


Complete event details are available at HAGERTY MotorsportReg!

Put-in-Bay Ullr Fest Burns COVID-19 in Effigy

Billy Market “burns the germ!”

Put-in-Bay Ullr Fest set afire COVID-19 in effigy to celebrate and hasten the onset of winter–especially ice!  Captain Billy Market and team members of Miller Boat Line created a paper mache COVID-19.  The virus, floating in the harbor near The Boardwalk on Tuesday evening, erupted into flame just after Rev. Mary Staley did the benediction and Mr. Market expressed sincere thanks for the community’s resolve during the trials of 2020.  A large, appreciative crowd of winter residents witnessed the spectacle.  The event closed with a moving fireworks display.  Afterwards, fireworks appeared across Lake Erie at Middle Bass Island, illuminating Lonz Winery.


Put-in-Bay Panther Basketball Games Start Saturday

Put in Bay PantherPut-in-Bay Panther Basketball season tips off tomorrow with a trio of games.  The junior high and high school girls take on the Fairport Harbor Skippers.  The high school boys face off against the Lake Flyers.  The junior-level basketball tips off first at 9:45am.  The girls and boys competition follows.

Put-in-Bay School is not allowing public attendance at the games.  However, the game will stream live on pibpanthers.com.


Put-in-Bay Fire Department Honors Dedicated Service

Put-in-Bay Fire Department released the following news on 7 December 2020:


L to R: Chief Mark Wilhelm, Lieutenant Allen Duff, David Bianchi, Greg Dobos, Captain Chris Ladd

Put-in-Bay Fire Department:  “It’s not often someone reaches 50 years of service. But today we honored Assistant Chief Mark Wilhelm, Captain Chris Ladd and David Bianchi all with 50 yrs of Service. Lieutenant Allen Duff celebrated 57 yrs of service for a combined total of 207 yrs worth of knowledge between these 4 men. Their dedication to serving the island is greatly appreciated by all! Congratulations gentlemen you deserve this small token of appreciation!”  Photo courtesy PiBVFD