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  •     Ryan Pilla’s Car Doctor World garage is on Scuttlehole Road, not far from the late lamented Bridgehampton Race Circuit (now a golf course) where in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, the top sports car drivers in the world used to gather.

  •      Marty Bauman, the Hampton Classic’s press officer, was on the Bridgehampton showgrounds at 5:30 a.m. Monday, as were scores of workers and volunteers, who by midmorning had most of the some 100 tents that had been taken down in advance of Hurricane Irene’s arrival back up.
        “It’s been unbelievable, incredible,” Bauman said of the effort. “It shows you what happens when everyone pitches in. We told the competitors that there were to be no horses here until Tuesday.”

  •     Albert Woods, an 82-year-old swimmer who was named the Old Montauk Athletic Club’s athlete-of-the-year at its December awards dinner, feting the fact that he had as an 81-year-old won six national championships, has done it again.

  •     Forewarned regarding Hurricane Irene, Shanette Barth Cohen, the Hampton Classic’s executive director, on Friday announced the cancellation of Opening Day, which was to have been Sunday, and resolved to restart the ordinarily weeklong hunter-jumper show on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

  • Forewarned regarding Hurricane Irene, the Hampton Classic's horse show's executive director on Friday announced the cancellation of Opening Day, which was to have been Sunday, and resolved to restart the ordinarily-weeklong hunter-jumper show on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
  • On Channel 13 the other night the economics reporter, Paul Solman, was standing outside a theater in New York City showing people pie charts of three countries’ economies and asking them to pick America’s.
        In the top one (which didn’t exist), there were five equal slices. In the middle one, the top 20 percent had 36 percent of the wealth. In the bottom one, the top fifth controlled 84 percent.

  •     “Twelve damn years!” Vinnie Alversa, Schenck Fuels’ player-manager, was heard to say before kissing the East Hampton Town men’s slow-pitch softball league’s 2011 playoff trophy after he and his teammates, a number of whom had won regional amateur baseball championships under the East End Tigers banner, had overpowered Stephen Hand’s Equipment 31-6 at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett last Thursday.

  •     Topping a field of about 800 runners and walkers, Nick Ellenoff, the 17-year-old Trinity School senior who the week before had won the Strides For Life 3-miler, glided to the shaded Ellen’s [5K] Run finish line near the old entrance to Southampton Hospital Sunday morning in 17 minutes and 27 seconds.

  •     Going into Saturday’s 63rd Artists and Writers Softball Game, the opposing camps were in a dead heat in games played since 1988, with the Writers (who lead 25-18-1 in the modern era) and Artists each having won 11, with one tie.
        No longer, then, can the Artists’ manager, Leif Hope, get away with his customary poor-mouthing: The truth is the Artists like to win too, and do, though perhaps, as Hope likes to say, they’re more fun, and thus a tad more insouciant when it comes to winning.

  •     Mike Bunce, who plays on Boston’s Super League rugby side, won the Pump and Run contest Mike Bahel put on at the Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett on Aug. 17, pressing 125 pounds (60 percent of his body weight) 55 times, an effort that resulted in almost three minutes being deducted from  his subsequent two-mile run time.