Prestigious Car Show, The Bridge, Returns With Its Biggest Lineup Yet

A number of automobiles, both classic and modern, took over The Bridge Golf Course on Saturday, the fifth annual event. RON ESPOSITO

A golf course may now reside over the former Bridgehampton Race Circuit, but for at least one day, cars ruled once again on the hallowed grounds.

Each automobile maker had their own section at The Bridge. RON ESPOSITO

The Bridge, an invite-only exhibition of both classic and modern vehicles, enjoyed its fifth edition this past Saturday, September 18, on the greens of The Bridge Golf Club. After a two-year hiatus, the event returned with an expanded lot of 320 automobiles of great provenance that were sourced from collectors around the globe and arranged across the rolling fairways overlooking the Peconic Bay.

The event has become an occasion for some of the biggest automobile makers in the world to debut cars, such as the Calder BMW Art Car (Artist’s Proof), which made its North American debut at The Bridge just weeks off its first reveal at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Conceived by BMW Group Classic for the Calder Foundation, it realizes Alexander Calder’s dream of creating his own example of the first BMW Art Car, operating as the kinetic work of art that the artist intended.

Richard Pineda of Bethany Beach, Delaware, with one of five Ferraris he was showing on Saturday. RON ESPOSITO

Following its North American unveiling at Pebble Beach, Ferrari displayed the new 296 GTB, an evolution of its famed mid-rear-engined berlinetta sports car, with a new V6 engine coupled with a plug-in electric motor delivering up to 830 cv, alongside a variety of models that showcased the marque’s unparalleled racing history. Aston Martin, coming off of its own showing at Pebble Beach, showcased the Valhalla, as well as the DBX, their first luxury SUV.

Lamborghini included approximately 20 cars stretching back as far as the eye could see in a dizzying array of bright colors. The brand marked 50 years of the Countach with an assembly of vintage models, as well as an Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae.

A long line of Bentleys also entered the event in tandem, parking in front of the Teaching Facility, which served as a lounge for Bentley owners and guests. As guests strolled the event enjoying sips from Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, United Sodas of America and specially curated bites from Smorgasburg, Pagani recognized the 10th anniversary of the Huayra, with four iterations of the hypercar on display.

There were several Bugatti’s on display on Saturday, three of which were at the entrance to The Bridge. RON ESPOSITO

Bugatti returned to the event, this time with the Chiron Pur Sport and Chiron Super Sport. McLaren’s 765LT Spider and Artura were on display, as was Lucid with its Grand Touring Black and Dream Edition inviting curious guests to climb inside. De Tomaso returned to the event with a P72, a tribute to the original P70; Glickenhaus made its Bridge debut showcasing the 2020 SCG 003 as well as Swedish automotive brand Polestar with its signature Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 models. Canoo helped launch The Bridge’s Future of Mobility section, with the East Coast debut of its fully electric, 350 horsepower Lifestyle Vehicle.

The exhibition also included: each of the three GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) models produced by Ferrari (250, 288 and 599); one of each model from the Ferrari Challenge racing series (348, 355, 360, 430, 458, 488); a gathering of Jaguar XJ220s; the full collection of great Jaguars of yesteryear (XKC, XKD, XKSS); a large collection of vintage Lamborghinis, including the Miura, Espada and Jarama; the full collection of modern McLaren Longtails (600LT, 675LT, 765LT), as well as the Senna GTR and Sabre; a gathering of Mercedes 300SL gullwing and roadsters; and extraordinary Porsches, including speedsters, cup cars, GT cars, 2.7 RSs and two 935s.

A Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. RON ESPOSITO

The Bridge is a collaboration between Robert Rubin, who has owned the Bridgehampton Race Circuit since 1981 and founded The Bridge Golf Club in 2002, and the event’s organizers: Shamin Abas, president of Shamin Abas Ultra-Luxury Brand Marketing & Business Development; and Jeffrey Einhorn, a Manhattan-based attorney. A reimagining of a typical concourse event, there is no judging and no awards. The co-founders have a shared vision for the event that is about celebrating art, design, history and automobiles — not about competition.