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Jack Woehrle, Bob Williams and others hard working volunteers (wrung out most likely from having just put on the 2009 Mid-Ohio vintage races over the previous four days) led a committed gaggle who recently helped crank the clock back some fifty-plus years on nostalgic South Bass Island in Lake Erie in Northwest Ohio. The event's purpose was to re-kindle the memories of sports car races held on the public roads of Put-in-Bay (the island's better known name) from '52 to '59 under the auspices of the Cleveland Sport Car Club. The MG Vintage Racers were well represented at this modest but delightful gathering. In fact, MGVR's own webmaster, Chris Kintner, equipped with a brain-full of knowledge and anecdotes, because his grandparents were the husband and wife team that ran the races, fittingly emerged as a star "expert witness" for the event.And so it was, on June 29 and 30, 2009 (the Monday and Tuesday following this year's SVRA Mid-Oho vintage race) an enthusiastic contingent of current, former and perhaps future vintage racers (and a few original racers from the original races, way back when) gathered for two days of reminiscing, road-painting, course-touring, ribbon cutting, donation arm-twisting, tale-telling, slide-showing, and laying the ground work for future events.

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The following Photo Galleries for the First (2009) PIBRRR event can be found at the link below.

2009 Photos by Colin King

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In the early Fifties America was discovering Sports Car racing with European style road races being held on public roads. Best remembered are Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake and Bridgehampton, but the last to be used was the 3.1 mile course at Put-in-Bay. The first race was held in 1952 and because of the narrow, bumpy, twisty roads entrants were limited to under 2 liters or if modified under 1.5 liters.

About twenty cars showed up for the first race,  but by the time insurance and safety regulations forced it’s closure after the 1959 race a limit of 100 cars had been imposed and they were turning cars away. The event contributed so much to the local economy that an attempt was made to resurrect it in 1963 using a shortened course outside the Village boundaries.  However, a spectacular crash when a dog ran out in front of an Elva put an end to the event for good.

Read more: Return to Put-In-Bay

Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunions

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The PIB Course Marker Project

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Start/Finish Marker

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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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