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2016 Bridgehampton Road Rally & Tour d’Hamptons Events Schedule

More than a century ago, Bridgehampton, New York was the home of an early motoring tradition that came to enjoy a long and illustrious history, one that had a far-reaching impact on the development of American automobiles and on the individuals who have sat behind their wheels. The Bridgehampton Museum and Dan’s Papers celebrate this storied history with a day to reignite a passion and shine a light on a treasured piece of East End and American lore: Welcome to The Bridgehampton Road Rally and Tour d’Hamptons.

The Events

Saturday, October 1, 2016

9 a.m. Registration & The Drivers Breakfast As drivers and navigators arrive at the grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum, participant registration is held inside the Museum’s 19th century Corwith House. Outside, drivers, navigators and owners of cars on display enjoy the warm welcome of an elegant continental breakfast under the Main Tent at the Museum, setting the festive tone of the day.

10 a.m. Gates Open to the Public Spectators are admitted free of charge throughout the day to view the cars, meet the drivers, watch the send-offs, enjoy readings, a special book signing, live music and more under the Main Tent.

10 a.m. Bridgehampton Road Rally & Tour d’Hamptons Car Display Each entrant is be displayed in the staging area on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum prior to send-off, as drivers make final adjustments to their vehicles, swap secrets and savor the chance to show off their autos before hitting the road.

10 a.m. The Invitational Showcase Staged on the scenic grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum throughout the day of the Bridgehampton Road Rally & Tour d’Hamptons, this showcase of exquisite automobiles will be on display for all to see in an intimate setting. Talk with the owners and experience some of the history of these marvelous machines. A true car lover’s delight, the Invitational welcomes classic cars and other autos of interest.

11 a.m. The Parade All cars are invited to join the short drive around the historic 1949–1953 four-mile race loop and then return to the Museum grounds to line up for the start of both the Road Rally and Tour d’Hamptons.

Noon Road Rally and Tour d’Hamptons Send–off Cars will present on the Main Stage as Master of Ceremonies Bob Marlow, Motorsports Editor of CarShowSafari.com, introduces each auto and driver and shares details of each car’s provenance. Spectators can view the send–off from the Main Tent area at the Bridgehampton Museum. Following the official departure of Road Rally cars, vehicles participating in the inaugural Tour D’Hamptons will be announced on the stage before heading off on their exciting journey.

Cars built in 1969 and earlier are eligible for the Bridgehampton Road Rally, and newer vintages are considered on a case-by-case basis. This year’s Rally includes a judged show, a parade, a historic trivia quest, and a special timed component. The Rally Route is approximately 60 miles and includes four stops to collect poker cards, as well as stops at historic trivia sites. The route should take about three hours to complete.

The Judged Show: In the morning, judges evaluate each registered Rally car. Prizes are awarded in the afternoon, following everyone’s return from the Rally.

The Historic Trivia Quest: The Rally Route once again includes stops at historic sites, some of which will require the driver and/or navigator to get out and explore the property in order to find the answer to a trivia question.

The Time Component: This year there is a prize for the car that returns back to the Bridgehampton Museum closest to the official projected Rally time, as pre-determined by the Rally Coordinator. Teams must obey all traffic regulations while making allowances for lunch, “pit stops,” poker stops and trivia stops.

The Inaugural Tour d’Hamptons The Tour d’Hamptons is a gorgeous ride through historic Hamptons roads, offering drivers a shorter but no less thrilling ride than the Road Rally. Open to Brass cars, antique cars, cars of interest, exotics, luxury vehicles—any automobile that exudes the spirit of the road in all its glory—the Tour d’Hamptons navigates a different course than the Road Rally and lasts about 40 minutes. All entrants are subject to approval by the Tour d’Hamptons Committee.

1–3 p.m. Main Tent Events While drivers are out motoring the streets of the Hamptons, the Main Tent at the Bridgehampton Museum is a hub of activity, featuring:

Sponsor Showcase: Get an up-close view of the latest automobiles from Southampton Audi, BMW, Jeep, Porsche and Mini. Take a luxury test drive and get the feel behind the wheel of one of these incredible cars.

Dan’s Papers Literary Salon, Cars & Drivers Everyone has a story of driving in the Hamptons—come hear some of the best at this Dan’s Papers Literary Salon curated specially for the occasion. Hear tales about the timeless tradition of taking to the open road on the East End featuring select entrants from the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize for Nonfiction: Joseph Antretter reads “Prius Envy,” Linda M. Davies reads “Sound Avenue,” Larry McCoy reads “Mapless in Suffolk,” Rafael Rodriguez reads “My First Car” and Dan’s Papers Founder Dan Rattiner reads “The Triumph Stories.”

Bridgehampton Museum Exhibit: Featuring a rare display, curated just for this special event, of historic photos of The Bridge on loan from Bob Rubin.

The Heritage Racing Group Video Exhibit: Step back in time with vintage video footage of racing days in the Hamptons gone by.

Live Music by Jim Turner: The Hamptons’ favorite easy-going guitar guy will entertain under the tent all day long.

Stage Interview and Book Signing with Gary Belsky: Former Editor in Chief of ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com/Insider, The acclaimed author brings the history of stock car racing and other sports to life in discussing his New York Times Bestseller, On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everyone’s Favorite Games. A book signing will follow. (Book purchase required for signing. Books will be available for purchase onsite while supplies lasts.)

The Hospitality Lounge:

Complimentary catered lite bites and beverages are offered throughout the afternoon to sponsors and VIP participants, while local purveyors such as Hampton Coffee will offer provisions for purchase to all spectators and guests.

4 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony Following an exhilarating afternoon on the road, drivers from the Road Rally and Tour D’Hamptons, as well as participants in the Invitational Showcase, are feted under the Main Tent at the 2016 Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony. This “Hamptons Tailgate–style” event will feature fine passed hors d’oeuvres, local wines, pours by Montauk Rumrunners and Keith’s Nervous Breakdown Margaritas, and non-alcoholic beverages by Bai brands.

5:30 p.m. Winners Circle VIP Dinner Winners Circle VIPs are invited to a private dinner held at the award-winning Pierre’s, just steps from the Bridgehampton Museum site in Bridgehampton. The perfect one-of-kind cap to the uniquely Hamptons experience that is the Bridgehampton Road Rally & Tour d’Hamptons.

The Bridgehampton Road Rally and Tour d’Hamptons, presented by the Bridgehampton Museum and Dan’s Papers, takes place on Saturday, October 1, staging at the grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton. Entry fees start at $100 per automobile for either the Road Rally or the Tour d’Hamptons. It is recommended that drivers register prior to October 1 registration is open until 11 a.m. on October 1, or until all spaces in the Road Rally and Tour d’Hamptons are filled.

The Bridgehampton Road Rally and Tour d’Hamptons is sponsored by Bridgehampton National Bank, Silvercrest Asset Management Group, CarShowSafari.com, Cloud 9 Exotics, The Golden Pear, Montauk Rumrunners, Nest Seekers International and New York Prime Beef. Premier Auto Sponsors are Southampton Audi, BMW, Jeep, Porsche and Mini. For more
information and to enter your automobile in the Bridgehampton Road Rally, Tour d’Hamptons or the Invitational Showcase, visit BridgehamptonRally.com or email
RoadRally@DansPapers.com.

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