Put-in-Bay Road Races 2021
Following the cancelation of the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, many entrants carried over their registration to 2021. Since then, excitement has continued to mount for the Put-in-Bay Road Races Event, a fun-filled and relaxed event.
Beginning with a small “reunion” in 2009, today’s racing- and non-racing entrants at Put-in-Bay enjoy several days of sports-car enjoyment in a relaxed and nostalgic setting where small-bore sports cars raced through the streets of this island enclave from ‘52 to ‘59 and once more in 1963. For this year’s event (September 21-24 with running at the Put-in-Bay airport on September 22 and 23), race organizers have built on the enthusiasm for 2019’s “Tin-Top” celebration to invite drivers of vintage Volvos,
VWs & Saabs Come To The Put-in-Bay Road Races
VWs and Saabs are to come to share the fun in the Put-in-Bay Road Races as officially 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, 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. All entrants with featured marque status are eligible for discounted entry fees and particular races. And, as always, there will be the usual array of entrants racing in multiple classes in four groups plus an exhibition class.
In addition to the on-track race entries, there is a non-racing participant category 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 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, social events, a car show, rocker cover races, guest stories, and more. Spectating at the races and many other activities is open and free to the public. The Put-in-Bay Resort Hotel has several covered parking spots left for guests by prior reservation. You can call 833-742-7827 To book.
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Put-in-Bay Road Races 2017
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 elegant little cars.
The Peter Morgan Memorial Races are organized by Kermit Wilson and were a massive 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 the competition on 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 vehicles under three liters and built before 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’ race cars. They may be reached by calling the central reservation center at 888-742-7829