Monday, October 10, 2011

Watkins Glen: The International Motor Racing Research Center & 100 Years of Formula One

[Musing:  Enjoyed this event in Watkins Glen, N.Y.!]

IMRRC marks 50th anniversary of 1st Formula One U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen – Culminating a year-long celebration on Saturday, the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York commemorated the first Formula One U.S. Grand Prix motor race to happen in the tiny village. The event took place 50 years to the day after Tex Hopkins leaped into the air and dropped the first green flag in 1961. That act so long ago launched 20 years of glory at the Watkins Glen racetrack.  Formula One racers and cars from the United States, Europe, and around the world competed at the upstate New York track each October from 1961 to 1980, adding their own fire and color to the blaze of the autumn hillsides already reflected in cool, blue Seneca Lake.

A warm and sunny day greeted race enthusiasts and participants in Watkins Glen and at the IMRRC. Michael Argetsinger, son of Cameron Argetsinger, the man credited with bringing the U.S. Grand Prix to the small upstate New York town, was on hand signing copies of his new book, Formula One at Watkins Glen: 20 Years of the United States Grand Prix, 1961-1980. The book is lush with color and black and white vintage photographs from each race as well as Mr. Argetsinger’s personal recollections, a brief history of the race at “The Glen,” and quotes from racers and others. All proceeds from the book go to benefit the IMRRC, according to the author.  Continue Reading...