What started as an April Fool’s joke on a long defunct track, ended up becoming an interesting insight into fear and commitment. Below, Barber’s most wizened instructor, Bruce MacInnes, explains that it took more than talent to be fast at a place like Bridgehampton.
While America’s most challenging racetrack is long gone, its legacy will endure forever. The Bridgehampton Race Circuit was an incredibly picturesque 2.8-mile track. Overlooking Sag Harbor on the eastern end of Long Island, “The Bridge” was built on the mountainous dunes above Noyack Bay. This track demanded equal measures of talent, commitment, and testicular fortitude of all who were fortunate to race there. The rewards of driving a great lap were tempered by the severe consequences of a spin into the soft sand on every turn—especially Turns One and Two. For many, it was the greatest racetrack in the world.
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