"Long Island has a rich tradition of hosting road racing, beginning with the Vanderbilt Cup Races run between 1904 and 1910, the largest sporting events of the time. Sports minded and affluent, the region continued to attract motor racing enthusiasts in subsequent decades, stimulating the popular interest in sports car racing and in international automotive competitions.
The village of Bridgehampton became the site of one of the earliest road racing centers in the revival of the sport after World War II. Public spirited community leaders organized sports car races on the streets, attracting sporting gentlemen and keen competition. Tens of thousands of spectators lined the country roads that formed the course route, where the finest drivers and cars of the day pushed their limits. The events brought welcome visibility for stylish summer holidays in the little town, and generated funds that supported a variety of community projects.
In this comprehensive account, the drama of the racing at Bridgehampton unfolds. Here for the first time are the behind-the-scenes stories about the struggles to establish the street races and the difficulties in creating the permanent circuit and then keeping it alive. Accounts of the lap-by-lap contests of daring driving and technical achievement bring the reader to the edge of the pit wall as the competitors roar by."