Featured: The Bridge Is Quickly Becoming One Of America's Finest Car Shows

The Bridge Is Quickly Becoming One Of America’s Finest Car Shows

Kieran Buttrick By Kieran Buttrick
September 20, 2018
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Photography by Kieran Buttrick

Say what you will about invite-only events and how exclusivity is the bane of a good car show, but when there are so many free cars & coffees (including the one hosted by the same organizers of this event on the following day), what’s the problem with adding something else to the calendar that’s a little less populous? I’ve been lucky to attend The Bridge in the past, and this past weekend’s edition of the curated car show proved its aesthetic excellence once again.

A combination of beautiful scenery and world-class cars is the gist of it. With over 150 vehicles (from GTs, beautiful pre-war metal, ‘70s sports cars, out-and-out race cars, modern supercars, to motorcycles) strewn along the venue’s 18th hole adjacent to the club house. This used to be the home of one of America’s oldest racing circuits, Bridgehampton, and though the asphalt has turned to links, there are still a few patches of the old place that have been preserved. 

As someone who is primarily photographer and secondarily a writer, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to shoot, and I hope the photos pick up any slack in my words. I woke up early on the morning of to drive out to Long Island and try to capture a few shots in the morning light before the harsh noon sun and other guests arrived. The Bridge greeted me with its iconic Chevron Gasoline sign that stands in homage to the old track, and the patina’d scene would be revisited later in the evening as the cars packed up to head home.

As the day began, cars were rolled onto the lawn and neatly arranged along the green, with a few of the more capable ones taking up the day’s residence in the sand traps instead. As busy as everyone was getting prepared for the show, it was nice to see the enthusiasm in the faces of the kids putting the final polishes on the dewy cars. The show didn’t formally begin until 3:00PM though, so I had plenty of time to walk around and take it in at my own pace before the games of patience begun with trying to get clear shots through the crowds. If it had been a public event, this wouldn’t even be close to possible.

Looking out into the distance one gets a sense of vastness, of the grounds and of what they’ve been filled with. There were reportedly 164 vehicles in attendance last weekend, and among that group you had everything from vintage haulers to modern supercars. A gauntlet of Singer-modified Porsches next to RSes in one direction, a gang of American muscle and pony cars huddled off nearby, a Countach with doors up nearby a more humble but no less worthy 356. It was a nice mix, with the common thread between the otherwise disparate groups being one of high quality. A favorite of mine—a hard proposition—was the 959SC that Canepa brought out for the event. We’ve written about the “next step” in the 959 trajectory before, but it was nice to see one up close in person.

Other notable cars in the crowd included an ex-Donahue Shelby Mustang GT350R, a 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C, and the rare Jaguar quasi-race car XJR-15. I’ll admit to being smitten with a few cars I’d not known existed prior to this day, and the day was characterized by the simple pleasure of spending quality time with things that you only typically see from afar. After a full day of photographing them I hope some of my good time can come through the screen.

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sjsalta Salta
sjsalta Salta

This was spectacular…..thank you very much!

Christopher Hayes
Christopher Hayes

We had a concours held on the Torrey Pines golf course in the ‘90s. It was stunning to see cars such as the Mercedes-Benz W196 Streamliner and G4 and many more classics and exotics scattered on rolling green fairways looking over the blue Pacific amongst Torrey Pine trees. They have since moved the concours to a crowded park near La Jolla Cove. Not the same and more commercial.

ATCDave
ATCDave

Wow, cool! I grew up as a kid in the paddock of Bridgehampton in the 60’s and early ’70’s when my mom and dad were heavily involved in the amatuer sports car scene on L.I. . Events put on by the SCCA, EMRA, LISCA and LICOA are still vivid in my memory. I remember watching barrel-chested Corvettes thunder under the bridge diving into turn 1 at the end of that long straight. Hooked me on sports car racing for life. Too bad they plowed it under for another stupid golf course…..

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss

Seems like more of a private car party than a car show. And I agree with Derelict… considering an exclusive anything for “America’s finest” is just plain wrong, and tries to normalize a very damaging trend.

Derelict
Derelict

Issues with something being billed as ‘one of Americas finest’ that does not allow most of the population to attend aside, Keiron, what are you shooting with. Were you sky high on the ISO or are you adding noise for a ‘grain’ look?

Kieran Buttrick
Kieran Buttrick

I shoot with a Canon 6D. Most of the daylight photos were shot at ISO 100 and I’m not adding in any additional grain. The night photos were shot at f4 so I did have to bump up the ISO quite a bit.

Dennis White
Dennis White

Always a pleasure to enjoy photos and text like these for another great car event. As far as I’m concerned (and I’m a grumpy old fart, I guess like some others) there can’t be too many events showcasing amazing mechanical and artistic auto creations.

Mark St Clair
Mark St Clair

Maybe the powers that be should consider re naming the site ‘Concoursolicious’ or perhaps ‘Carshowlicious’ because the site really does seem bloated with these type of articles this past few months. That and the false colour photography on more than not becomes tiresome very soon. Come on Petrolicious give us some more of the good stuff that you were once famous for.

Derelict
Derelict

It is car show season. Car shows is how the majority of people interact with cars so they get coverage. Does not seem that hard to understand.

Sinatra23
Sinatra23

I bet the DB5 above was the one used in “Catch Me if You Can” with Leonardo DiCaprio. I remember the one in the movie having similar curved (and slightly flared) rear wheel arches like this one.

brian smith
brian smith

I live next to The Bridge, and the quality of cars was outstanding. I know many of the car owners and they are as interesting as their cars. I am hoping my 1967 Shelby GT 500 will be invited next year. A well-run event, and the Sunday Cars and Coffee just down the road was terrific this year.