Put-In-Bay Historic Car Races September 24-26 2018


The Great Lakes Cobra Club and the Motor City Viper Owners are again teaming up for a cruise to Put-In-Bay for the Historic Car Races – September 24-26

We’ll enjoy a nice ferry ride to and from the island, take in the Historic Road Races, and see some of the sights the island has to offer, including the spectacular view from the top of the newly renovated Perry’s Monument!

Since the schedule was moved to the fall this year, the village will be much less crowded. Parking will be easier, and rooms are still available at the Bayshore Resort for the two nights we’ll be there. Rooms are at the Off-Season Rate too! See below for a list of islands B&Bs if you’d like to try one.

Although there is no charge for the event, it’s “pay as you go” again this year, please sign up using the link below so we can send you the cruise route instructions and detailed event information.

The deadline to sign up is September 20th.

A caution on the Ferry.  Last year ground clearances were tight.  The lake level is up 6-8″ this year which will make the angle for entry and exit of the Ferry even stepper.  I would take care if you plan to drive a low-clearance car.  Or consider driving civilian.

With the move of the event to weekdays and technically off-season motor vehicles are allowed everywhere on the island.  So there is no need to rent golf carts.

A downside of the move to weekdays is we will not be able to participate in the Classic Car Cruise around the island on Sunday (unless you want to arrive early for that).

Hotel, Ferry and Other Information


Event Hotel: Bayshore Resort, 866-422-9746 http://www.bayshoreresortpib.com/

Road Races Website: http://www.pibroadrace.com/

Ferry Service: Miller Boat Line Ferries: http://www.millerferry.com/

Our Event Coordinator is Bob White bobwhitesrv9a@att.net, 248-639-9274

GPS for Ferry destination:  5174 E. Water Street, Port Clinton OH

Race Schedule

Itinerary for the Trip


Monday September 24

  • Depart from the Carlton Rest Area 826 on southbound I275 (just south of mile marker 5) at 9:00am.
  • Take the Miller Ferry from Port Clinton to the island. (Ferry tickets are $17 for cars and $7.50 for adults, if 20 or more sign up, your adult tickets will be purchased in advance for $6.00, no discounts are given for vehicles)
  • Lunch at Tippers
  • Check into the Bayshore Resort
  • Review the race cars at the car show on the grounds of Heineman’s Winery
  • Visit Skip Duggan’s Vehicle Museum
  • Watch the racers take a parade lap around the old road course
  • Dinner at The Goat
  • Evening Libations at the Tiki Bar at the Bayshore Resort

Tuesday September 25

  • Breakfast at The Old Forge
  • View race qualifying activities at the airport
  • Lunch at The Reel Bar
  • Take in the view from the top of Perry’s Monument (If you have one, bring your National Park Pass for free admission)
  • Dinner at Tippers
  • Visit the historic Round House for a night cap

Wednesday September 26

  • Breakfast at Pasquale’s
  • View racing activities at the airport (or for those who chose, see the island from the Tour Train)
  • Lunch at The Reel Bar
  • View racing activities at the airport (or for those who chose, see the island from the Tour Train)
  • Depart at your leisure. The last ferry boat leaves at 6:30pm.