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Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce

The 10th annual Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion (September 24th-27th) will take on a decidedly hardtop flavor as numerous racers of vintage Alfa Romeos, Volvos, Fiats and Ford Cortinas visit Ohio’s South Bass Island for this year’s 10th Anniversary event, along with the usual turnout of marques such as MG, Triumph, Porsche, Lotus, Elva, Austin Healey and others.

Held annually since 2009 at historic Put-in-Bay, OH — where small-bore sports car raced from 1952 to 1959 and in 1963 — Put-in-Bay attracts vintage racing participants and enthusiasts who value a low-key event at a historically significant location where the emphasis is on enjoyment.


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“It’s as if all the old Road & Tracks stored on our shelves suddenly came to life,” said a recent participant.“We’re very excited to see the mounting enthusiasm of many sports car owners and drivers who recognize that Put-in-Bay is a great place to come and enjoy their cars and each other,” said race director and event co-founder Jack Woehrle.

Uniquely offering entry options for both racing- and non-racing participants, the modern-day Put-in-Bay sports car races generally welcome drivers of vintage race prepared pre-1973 production cars up to 3 liters, sports racers up to 1.5 liters, Formula Vees, and Formula Jrs.

The Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion features a car show Tuesday afternoon at Heinman Winery and then two days of spirited racing around a challenging hay-bale lined airport circuit plus an original course tour, a car show, rocker cover races, a “recollections roundtable” program featuring participants in the original sports car races, an on-your-own rally and several social gatherings. This is the third year of the free trackside “Fan Zone” sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce providing tent-shaded bleachers for spectators and plenty of nearby concessions.

Held from Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning, September 24- 27. The 2018 PIBRRR attracted a near-record entry of about 130 cars and a large crowd of spectators. In addition, live online streaming video coverage of part of the races on http://www.wpib.com (an online-radio station that covers many Put-in-Bay events) reached more than 14,000 viewers.

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