After I learned about it's existence last weekend from Bad Idea Hat, I wanted to take a ride out east and see if any of the track still remained. My girlfriend and I had nothing to do today so we looked up the directions and set off to find it.
The track operated from 1957 until 1998. From Wikipedia: "It was one of the first permanent road racing venues in the United States, opening after Thompson Speedway, two years after Road America, the year after Watkins Glen International, and the same year as Lime Rock Park and Laguna Seca Raceway. In its early years, Bridgehampton was host to major international series, including the World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, and NASCAR Grand National. By the early 1970s, the track was used mostly for amateur events, and closed permanently in 1998. Bridgehampton was renowned as a fearsome course, requiring the utmost of driver skill."
The track closed due to public pressure from uptight Hamptonites who couldn't appreciate racing. The fact that the owners didn't have money to update the track also didn't help matters. Today, a golf course occupies the land, essentially in the confines of the track itself, but the main straight still remains as the road to the golf clubhouse.
It's easy to see how and why the track failed, but it's sad nonetheless. If it were open I'd be there all the time, maybe even build a car to run. Unfortunately the closest I'll ever come to seeing racing there is on Youtube, but in the spirt of Oppo, I blasted down the remains of the front straight.
And a few other sights from the day. An SRT10 Ram, a very Jalop driveway, a killer radio tower, an old garage, and some roads and water.