Long Island's Hidden Past: The Bridge racing track in Bridgehampton

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Back in the 50s, the village of Bridgehampton cheered to the roar of cars racing through the streets. 

The street races were eventually moved to a track called The Bridge. The world-class race track is now gone, but for those who raced on the track, the memories remain in Long Island's hidden past.

For Bobby Brown, an amateur race car driver, who grew up in Brightwaters, the memories flash by as quickly as the speeding race cars that screamed along The Bridge race track back in the 60s and 70s.

Built in 1957, The Bridge was an amateur track designed by Grumman engineers. It was built on 500-plus acres of sandy hills and dales that overlook Peconic Bay.

Those that raced it say that it was a well-loved track. It was challenging, and it was a very fast race track.

Bob Rubin, another race car driver who now owns the property, turned the track into a golf course that gives homage to its racing days. Rubin saved the track from being developed into homes.

"One of the things that makes this hallowed turf is this is where Mario Andretti met Paul Newman," says Rubin.

Bob Rubin and Bobby Brown say that besides the world-class drivers, the track was famous for its harrowing hairpin turns and a straight away that suddenly dropped down a steep hill and into a turn.

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