Opening day at Bridgehamton 1958

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  1. Crashton

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    A friend & big Healey fan sent this to me & I thought I'd pass it on here. Wonderful stuff which includes some of the best if not the best in car footage I have ever seen. Man life was simpler back then. Check out some of the vintage safety gear & lack of same.

    Enjoy!


    All,

    Once upon a time, when I first joined EMCC, I showed some 8mm movies taken
    back in the '50s showing the sports cars of that era.
    As one EMCC member said in awe, "There's millions of dollars of sports cars
    there!"

    Besides Ferraris, Maseratis and the like, the 1954 Austin Healey 100 was one
    of the first affordable sports cars that didn't look like a British box.
    I had one, and I raced it (SCCA et al). In addition to having fun at the
    races, an 8mm camera mounted on the car captured the action.

    Some of those films have been converted to DVD, and one of them, which was
    taken at the opening day of Bridgehampton Raceway
    on Long Island, September 13-14, 1958, is posted on line.

    My silver Austin Healey 100 has the number 144 when parked in the pits, and
    number 222 during the race.

    This film will be the centerpiece of the newly created Bridgehampton Racing
    Historical Society (BRCHC) exhibit to be opened in Bridgehampton
    later this fall in conjunction with the Bridgehampton Historical Society.
    It will also be shown at the next meeting of the Manhattan Sports Car
    Driving
    and Chowder Society, held monthly at Sardi's Restaurant in NYC.

    With apologies to the members of EMCC who have seen it all, here, for the
    newer members, is the film:

    Online Video Vault - Video Conversion Experts - Chandler, AZ

    All the Best,

    Daniel Stanfill
     
  2. Metalman

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    Thanks Chuck...
    Enjoyed it.... That was fun...
    I'll bet hitting those sandy patches on the track added excitement....
     
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    Really too bad it's a golf course now!
     
  4. Nathan

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    I'm impressed this is in color from back then.

    Thanks for sharing this.
     
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    :cornut: Thanks Chuck! Another time, another place. How can it be that that was 54yrs ago and I remember it?..........................:Thumbsup:

    Jason
     
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    That was a blast Chuck, thanks.

    Yep, enough sand on that track to have called it a beach race!
     
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    Scott I'm sure that sand was a son of a beach. :)
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Pretty bumpy for a new track.

    And congrats on the win Daniel!
     
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    Amazing that they had in-car footage in an amatuer (right?) race too!

    Exceptional film - thank you for sharing!
     
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    I was lucky enough to run a kart at Bridgehampton in the 60s. I remember the sand very well!!! Very hard race track to get to, but it was a great course. The sand was imposable for the Karts to deal with, but cars did not have that much trouble from what I remember. They had at least one Can-Am races there. Car & Driver did a really cool road test there. They got Masten Gregory (who drove for the Cooper F-1 team) to test a bunch of muscle cars at Bridgehampton. The whole thing was a hoot. They were supposed to be regular production cars. The Ford was delivered by Bud Moore. It went downhill from there. Thank you for sharing the video. Great footage!! I really enjoyed it. Do you remember who was in the Corvette? Dick Thompson was a friend of my fathers.
     
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    Oh wow!
    I remember my dad owning this footage on a vhs when we were younger, he recently had it put on dvd (with https://www.supaphoto.com/video-to-dvd.html I think) an we watched it on the tv, really was amazing to see how different times were!
     
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    For some reason this thread caught my eye, I do wonder what happened to the online video, it appears to be dust now. :( How Sad). time for a google search.

    Don
     
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    Too bad it went to the big 404 error in the sky. :Dead:
     
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    Did find some video of Bridgehampton, nice one on the 65 race but not this one on the 14, but the 110 lapper on the 28th. I will see if I can get a link to it. Good race, some sadness as things broke as they always do in racing. Big fast sports races, Cobras etc. Will watch again when I find it again.

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