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Tentative 2018 General Schedule of Events for Registered Participants*


Monday, September 24:  Arrival day for most participants (although some will likely arrive Sunday or earlier).  Registration, race-car tech inspection, afternoon car show and tour of the original course, early-evening wine and cheese reception and “recollections roundtable” presentation.


Tuesday, September 25: Track orientation for racers followed by practice sessions and group-race qualifying.  Lunch-break track touring. Early evening rocker cover races at The Goat restaurant.


Wednesday, September 26: Two rounds of group races, official opening ceremonies, track touring, and Put-in-Bay Cup race.  Food, drink and awards follow at Joe’s Bar.


Thursday, September 27: Farewell morning brunch and departure.

*Spectating at many Put-in-Bay Road Races events is free to the public including the races themselves, the car show, viewing the original course tour, and the rocker cover races (which anyone including non-participants can enter). 

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Registration for the 10th Annual Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races (September 24-27, 2018) is now open!  To access both on-line and mail-in registration forms as well as all the information on race car and driver eligibility, provisional schedule of events, etc.,  please click the Registration button below.  
PLEASE NOTE: We need all racing- and non-racing registrants to ALSO download our new-for-2018 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION form, fill it out and email (or snail-mail) that form to Race Director Jack Woehrle. 
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE  Online registration and event management service for motorsport events powered by MotorsportReg.com
For a copy of the latest press release on the 2018 Put-in-Bay event click HERE 
For a link to the 2018 Event Flyer (suitable for posting and passing out to potential entrants) click HERE
A BIG THANK YOU to Returning PIB Road Races Reunion Presenting Sponsor! -- American Modern Insurance Group.  For more information click HERE

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Curious about the Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion?  Here's what just a few people had to say about the 2013 event. 


“I couldn’t imagine a friendlier atmosphere or a nicer group of people at an event. I particularly enjoyed the two laps of the original circuit. They were a very brave group that drove those races as the streets were very narrow, the curves sharp, the straightaways long, and lots of trees to mark a mistake. How they managed crowd control and how the event lasted as long as it did -- given the course -- is a wonder. I have driven the re-enactments of the street races at Elkhart Lake, Watkins Glen, and now PIB and the latter is surely the most daunting. They all marked a great time in sports car racing, and being able to experience even a little bit of it is itself an honor.” – Marvin Primack  (Recipient of the Paul Henry Award for the entrant deemed best reflecting the spirit of the Put-in-Bay Road Races Reunion) 


“I have not been back to this island since I last raced here in 1959. The road from the airport turn to cemetery corner is like a piece of glass compared to when they raced here, and you were fortunate to get thru that corner in one piece.  I did have a lot of flashbacks of all the good times.  I think I raced at PIB more then any other road course and there was a reason.  A blast!” – Harry Constant, Grand Marshall for PIBRRR 2013


“Heard the best feedback from residents and visitors; the Put-in-Bay Road Races has quickly become a top notch Island event. Thank you to all of you for your time and devotion! Looking forward to 2014  ~ Sincerely, Julene Market and Family, Miller Boat Line


“Great event. Thanks for encouraging us to go.” – George Shafer


Adrienne and I had a fabulous time. Our thanks to all who worked so hard to make this such a wonderful event. We're booked for next year. Chris Wilson


“What a great event, especially with the co-operation of the weather and the Island venue.  Anne and I are pleased that there are plans for a repeat next year, and hopefully we can spend more time than we did this year.   Thank you again for all your time and effort to make the race successful.” Keith Freimark


“Kudos to you & the entire crew for an outstanding event. What a hoot. In addition to the articles  in the Mansfield News Journal and Port Clinton News Herald, The Sandusky Register had a nice pic of Pete Thelander (MG NE) and Peter Ross  (MG J2) on the track with an article. I’ll be back for more fun next year.” – Tom Metcalf, Safety Fast Restorations


“Thoroughly enjoyed the event with Rachel and me both racing!   She really liked it too (well, except when she relocated a haybale)” – Greg Prehodka


“Ah… wot fun--we'll sincerely try to make it next year...Karen likes p.i.b. and really she doesn't care for lotsa places so that part of the plan is easy." ‘Toly Arutunoff


“What a fun time. I received my hat today, a trophy I will display proudly. Having a single focused day of racing really gives you the down time to enjoy the island with your family and friends before and after the race event. Thanks to each and every one who contributed to making it a wonderful event for the drivers and all in attendance...See you next year.” – Steve Konsin


“Had a great time at PIB again this year. Many nice people to meet and many nice cars to see and hear. I'll be looking forward to doing it again next year. Fifty years since the races ended at PIB, & 200 years since the Battle of Lake Erie. I hope a group is still doing the races in 150 years with these old cars.” – Steve Goudy


“Thank you to all the drivers, organizers, volunteers and sponsors. I can't wait until next year.” – Jim Schell


“Kudos to ALL the volunteer workers who make the PIBRR event what it is.” – Tal Burkett, Grid Chief.


“Wanted to say a HUGE thanks to everyone for a wonderful event. I only got half a day today due to my "real world" schedule, but it was pretty special anyway.” – Marie Bohusch


“I can't say enough, I have not had this much fun, since I ran my Isetta there in 2011. What a great event, thanks to everyone for the great job and may the spirit of this event continue on in the future. My Fiat 850 will be back.” – Barry Prosser


“The Turners are planning already for a return to the island next year! Well done to all the entrants and coordinators.” – John Ruth


I wanted to thank everyone that put on the PIB Reenactment.  I think it was one of the best times that I have ever had Vintage Sports Car-ing (even though I did not race).  The Car shows and get togethers in the evening were great along with the whole venue of PIB (riding bikes, dining and of course especially the Tall Ships and History).  My wife gave up on going to weekend races with me years ago, but really enjoyed this event.  Thanks for the vision of doing something different.  I know from organizing other events that this is not easy and can be exhausting. -- Stan Mason


2017 event registration information as well as 2017 race entry guidelines and rules and regulations will likely be available by February 2017

There are many lodging opportunities on Put-In-Bay: from Historical and modest seasonal, to many levels of B & B’s and both new and remodeled motel style accommodations. All appear to be within walking distance to the center of the community.  Check these out at the Chamber of Commerce site:  http://visitputinbay.comThe Anchor Inn, and their new acquisition, The Cottage at Coopers Woods; Ashley’s island House, and The English Pines, have all been very supportive of this event.

 If you are pulling a trailer and want the luxury of roomy parking, both cottage and motel style cabins, with pool, bon-fire site, parking beside your door for your race car, and the convenience of being directly across from the airport, we suggest you consider the Bird’s Nest Resort.



The Anchor Inn:  http://anchorin.info  Phone 419-285-5055

Ashley’s Island House:  www.ashleysislandhouse.com     Phone 419-285-2844

The Cottage at Cooper’s Woods:  Contact  Dan at  216-375-1314

The English Pines:  http://englishpines.com         Phone: 419-285-2521

The Bird’s Nest Resort: www.birdsnestresort.com  Phone: 419-285-6119

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Past Posters by Bob Colaizzi

Bob Colaizzi, infamous vintage racer and talented artist, has contributed PIBRRR posters each year since 2010.

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