Views from the “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. The event brought together drivers and cars that had contested some of the most notable races held at the Bridgehampton Race Circuit. Despite monsoon-like conditions, about 100 people showed up to relive history, watch movies, comb through unique exhibits and share stories of legend and foolishness. We hope you’ll join us next year!

 

BHS__1_webThree legendary Porsche Carrera 6’s (known as Batmobiles in their day) contested the inaugural Can-Am race at Bridgehampton on September 18, 1966. Two of those drivers, Joe Buzetta and Herb Wetson (pictured here), were reunited in Bridgehampton this October to pay tribute to The Bridge and meet other racers. “We had a wonderful time,” said Herb, who regaled the crowd with stories of the parties at Bridgehampton and Sebring.

 

BHS_2(Left) Peter Klebnikov, Jan Nelson, Frank Dobias and Guy Frost (representing the Upside Down club) with the Shelby Notchback with which Jan braved the rains in the 1970 Trans-Am. The hardware was won by Bob Grossman for the 1963 FIA Double 500 race.

 

 

BHS_3_web(Left) Part of the unique collection of Bridgehampton photos, posters, trophies and race cars. Joe Buzzetta brought along two delectable Porsches, a 904 and below it, the Carrera 6 with which he won his class in the celebrated 1966 Can-Am event.

 

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