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BRIDGEHAMPTON - THE DUST AND THE GLORY

It stood at the pinnacle of American car racing during the golden age of the sport in the 50s and 60s. They called it “The Bridge” and mostly they loved and feared the place. Stirling Moss called it the “most challenging course in America ” and routinely it embarrassed world class drivers during the heyday of the Can-Am, Trans-Am and international sports car races. It was a place of wonderfully diabolical natural beauty.

The Bridge is no longer. It’s a private, luxury golf course now. Key portions of the track have been preserved however, and if you listen, you can almost hear the roar of the groundthumpers flying into Millstone corner at 200 mph to the whoop of 80,000 fans.

This is your site. It’s maintained as a tribute by the Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group, a band of enthusiasts who kept racing alive at Bridgehampton for nearly two decades. If you ever experienced The Bridge, we welcome your photos and comments. Through this site, the excitement of Bridgehampton lives on.

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Bridgehampton Race Circuit in active times (click for larger image)

The 2016 Road Rally and Tour d'Hamptons
 
Saturday, October 1st

Gates Open to Rally Cars and Auto Exhibitors at 9:00 am
Gates Open to the Public at 10:00 am (Free Admission)
Rally Begins at 12:00 noon ($100 Entry Fee per Car)
 

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October 2013: The annual BHRG celebration of the Bridgehampton Race Circuit and rally through the back roads of the Hamptons is scheduled for October 5th.
October 2012: The annual BHRG celebration of the Bridgehampton Race Circuit and rally through the backroads of the Hamptons took place on October 6, 2012, a beautiful autumn day.



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Before the crowds. The Bridgehampton Race Circuit display. PK

October 2011: Maybe it was the threat of rain, but when the GT40, D-Type Jag, and Lister rumbled into the exhibition ...
October 2010: On a brilliant Fall day, the Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group again hosted a celebration of the world-famous Bridgehampton Race Circuit. The event was held in conjunction with the annual vintage car rally at the Bridgehampton Historical ...
October 2009: Customers at the Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen saw seismic waves ripple through their coffee when Jan Nelson fired up his Shelby Notchback Trans-Am Mustang at Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group's annual 'I Survived The Bridge' celebration. ... October 2009: Customers at the Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen saw seismic waves ripple through their coffee when Jan Nelson fired up his Shelby Notchback Trans-Am Mustang at Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group's annual 'I Survived The Bridge' celebration. ...
January 2009: Watch a rare video of the great 1968 Can-Am. It features memorable footage of winner Mark Donohue charging over the hill at the back of the pits into what he called "the roughest, most challenging part of the course." BTW; if anyone has ...

UsE THIStrackscanThe site layout featured a jaw-dropping 180-degree view of Long Island 's North Fork, Shelter Island, Sag Harbor and the sailboats on Peconic Bay. The circuit had four vertical elevation changes totaling 130 feet and eight distinct corners, including a banked hairpin curve around a hillock at the lowest point of the course. A flat-out straightaway nearly 3/4 of a mile long suddenly disappears into a hair-raising decreasing radius downhill curve, known as Millstone Turn. More than one international star has called this steep decline, which is blind and taken flat out in most race cars, the most difficult turn in racing. Sam Posey, for one, said that sailing off the abyss in a sports racer was like “flying into an air pocket” in a plane.