Classic sports car owners recreate the post WWII road races around the island from 1952-1959 and again in 1963. Put-in-Bay was one of only two places in the U.S. where public roads were closed and lined with bales of hay to provide a sports car racing circuit. Many well-known sports car racers of that era – Chuck Dietrich, Carl Haas and Chuck Stoddard, for example – got their start in racing on the challenging, fast, rough and narrow course at Put-in-Bay. Organizers are pleased to report two significant enhancements in the 2018 race program: the airport course will be expanded from the current .8 mile configuration to approximately 1.2 miles, and also the racing activity will likely be expanded from the present “Tuesday only” event to a race schedule that would begin early Monday afternoon and run a full day on Tuesday.
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