A Salute to the Golf Course’s Past

If a member of The Bridge golf club in Bridgehampton, having failed to verify his scheduled departure time, had driven to the clubhouse entrance to play 18 holes of golf on Saturday, September 17, he would have found the golf course. invaded by 334 automobiles.

They would be on the fairways, on the greens, beside the sand traps, on top of the hills and in the valleys, beside the clubhouse and caddy shop, all gleaming and parked with no one on them.

The cars were all driven there during the night and early in the day on the same road as the golf club entrance, but the car drivers knew that entrance by another name – the Millstone Turn and, a little later, by it is a long driveway – the Main Straightaway from putting the pedal to the metal before the Millstone Turn.

Amazing cars and crowds at The Bridge car show 2022
Amazing cars and crowds at The Bridge car showKevin Arechiga

Yes, the golf club, which opened in 2002, is called The Bridge. But before that, a world-famous 2.8-mile racetrack, also known as The Bridge, occupied this 400-acre property from 1957 to 1992.

During that time, thousands of spectators sat in the stands to watch and cheer as mighty high-speed automobiles driven by some of the world’s most legendary racing drivers roared through the curves of this track at speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour for trophies and awards. .

A bird's eye view of The Bridge 2022 car show
A bird’s eye view of The Bridge 2022 car show

But on this day, the golf course called The Bridge, in a nod to that far-off age, was hosting a show of race cars, vintage cars, experimental cars, gull-wing cars, weird-looking cars, and astronomically expensive cars (think half a million dollars).

They were gathered here on this site by owners from across the country to be seen by a throng of specially invited guests who, if they decided to come, would pay $225 each for the privilege of being there. Advised as a party dress, garden party outfit and, for women, no heels, it was probably the biggest private event of the 2022 season.

Proceeds benefited Southampton Youth Services.

1959 Citroen Squal Geneva show car.
1959 Citroën Squal The Bridge renamed the clubhouse Richard MilleKieran Buttrick

Guests included Christie Brinkley, Candace Bushnell, Jon Bon Jovi and Nicole Miller, and they and others enjoyed a day inside the clubhouse, golf course and pro shop which was renamed for the day in honor of this event’s promoter Richard Mille. , live music, drinks and food from various vendors occupying interesting kiosks around the property.

It was a glorious, sunny late-summer day. Temperature around 75°. And for anyone who was there, it was a completely unique and extraordinary day that would not soon be forgotten.

The Bridge Club Richard Mille during the Bridge Car Show
The temporarily renamed Richard Mille club of The BridgeTony Laiacona

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