The iconic Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion is expanding for 2017 with more track time on a longer course at Ted Erickson Field on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. Race Director Jack Woehrle along with the Put In Bay Ohio Port Authority, Chamber of Commerce and FAA have worked to expand to two days of racing on a reconfigured course with added length and turns.
Also new this year at the Put-in-Bay Road Races is the Celebration of Italian Cars; Alfa Romeo is the designated “Featured Marque” with a special invitation for Fiat, Siata, Maserati, OSCA, Lancia, Bandini, Stanguellini, Abarth and Ferrari enthusiasts to join the fun. Italian sports cars came to South Bass Island at the very start of the Put-in-Bay Road Races with Fiat, Siata, and Cisitalia represented on the grid of the inaugural event 65 years ago.
Alfa Romeo had its share of success in the original Put-in-Bay Road Races, first appearing in 1956 and culminating with legendary Alfa racer Chuck Stoddard coasting across the Finish Line with a broken crankshaft to take the win in 1959 in front of a gaggle of Giuliettas. The Put-in-Bay Road Races events have been a playground for the Milanese marque with strong Alfa participation led by Infamous Vintage Racer Bob Colaizzi, regularly joined by Hal Nichols, Rob Mocas, Lee Poseiden, Kurt Niemeyer and Ed Merhar (driving Stoddard’s 1959 winning Giulietta). The Fiat flag has been hoisted high by Barry Prosser and Rick Myers, they need more Fiat friends to join them on the grid to help stave off the attack of the British marques.
The ninth annual Put-in-Bay Road Races has not turned its back on its British friends with a return of the ever-popular Turner Reunion and the Peter Morgan Memorial Races gracing the schedule. The Turner Reunion has been a staple of the past races with John Ruth and his group usually bringing about ten of the nimble little cars. The Peter Morgan Memorial Races are organized by Kermit Wilson and were a huge hit in the past with 3-wheelers, Flat Rads and Super Sports contesting for the “Leaky Cup.” MG, Triumph, AC, Lotus, Elva, Ford, Austin-Healey, Mini, Imp, Sunbeam and more will proudly carry the Union Jack into competition August 27-30, 2017.
Many German, French, and American cars are eligible and welcome to join the party. Similar to the original Put-in-Bay Road Races the Reunion Races are restricted to cars under three liters and built prior to 1973; streetcar entry is a bit less restrictive while maintaining the spirit of the classic age of sports car racing. Held annually on the last week of August this unique event draws classic sports cars and vintage racers from across North America to this idyllic island that hosted races on the Public Roads nine times between 1952 and 1963 and at Put in Bay Airport Ted Erickson Field since 2011. Still not for Big Bores nor Big Egos and proud of it! Put-in-Bay Resort offers races and a limited number of covered parking for guests races cars. They may be reached by calling the central reservation center at 888-742-7829