AUTO RACES

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Transportation
Location
2510 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932, USA
Lat/Long
40.9378777, -72.3009158
Grant Recipient
Town of Southampton
Historic Marker

AUTO RACES

Inscription

AUTO RACES
START/FINISH LINE OF THE
BRIDGEHAMPTON CARNIVAL
AUTOMOBILE RACES
ORGANIZED BY BRIDGEHAMPTON
FIRE DEPARTMENT, 1914-1921.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018

Early automobiles were a source of fascination and interest amongst the general public. It is not surprising that as technology advanced and cars became more sophisticated that the era of motorsports and automobile racing was born. Every summer from 1914 to 1921 the Bridgehampton Fire Department organized the Bridgehampton Carnival which featured games, dancing, and automobile races. This event was a source of great excitement. It was at this site that the start and finish lines were located. Town residents lined up along the main street to watch racers take off and witness the victor cross the finish line.