On the East End Part II – The Spirit of Bridgehampton Lives

21 Aug

Many readers of the blog know we love everything cars, no matter the location. What many don’t know is that for many decades, our own backyard in Long Island was a renowned hub of motorsport action The Bridgehampton Racetrack was regarded by many as one of the finest tracks jn the world. If you’ve been lucky enough to drive it, or have seen video footage, you know it was the stuff of legend. Sadly the track closed in the early 90’s due to pressure from surrounding neighbors. Like so many pristine pieces of properties in New York, it’s now a golf course.

However, the passion of those who attended the races, participated in the many events held every weekend, is alive and well. For many years, the gearheads out east would meet at Marty’s Old Stone Market, a local eatery. For a few hours each Sunday, racers, business moguls, mechanics and aspiring enthusiasts alike would meet, swap stories, show their prized possessions, and hang out over an egg sandwich and some coffee. The original Cars and Coffee! There isn’t a track to meet at anymore, and Marty’s owners didn’t like people hanging out in the parking lot all morning, but the old guard now has its own place to call home. Some area enthusiasts, along with Ferrari of Long Island now run a clubhouse of sorts for grown ups and their toys. The Old Stone Boys Club is a haven for those who’s heart pumps 116 octane.

Sunday mornings the boys now have somewhere to go that’s all their own. No talking about what drapes to buy, or what so and so wore to last nights party. Just car guys talking cars with other car guys. Now, I’m in a whole different tax bracket than the guys here but it’s no matter. Cars guys are car guys. More than a few asked about my Z with the same enthusiasm as I asked about there Porsche and Ferrari. One of the guys was mentioning he even recently bought one of BAR’s ex-F1 cars and is currently undergoing a full rebuild. There were cars of all types, owners of all types. It was a reminder of what binds us all together. For some it’s their job, for others it’s a hobby, but for all of us, it’s a love of cars and motorsports.

It’s pretty cool when the lot has an R8, a 930, a Panoz, a 430 convertible, an older Mercedes cabriolet, a Vantage, my 350Z (guess who felt out of place!), and more.

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