Watkins Glen Racing
The war was won, the Depression was over, and Americans were back on the road. From all across the nation, sports car drivers converged on Watkins Glen to race through the gorges, hills, and village streets of western New York. Over the years, the course has evolved from its humble beginnings on streets lined with hay bales to the modern closed track that plays host to NASCAR today. Through vintage photographs, primarily from the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen Racing chronicles the history of the track with early drivers, like Cameron Argetsinger, Phil Walters, and Dave Garroway, vintage cars, hairpin turns, and death-defying races.
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America ATLANTIC attention automobile background Bill Bob Gillespie Briggs Cunningham C. R. Mitchell Cadillac-Allard J2 Cameron Argetsinger Catharine Catharine's Cup race Clark closed course Club of America Collier competition CORNER course Courtesy crossing crowd Cup race Design driver drove early event excitement Ferrari finished Formula Franklin Street Fred George getting Gordon International Motor Racing Jaguar John John Fitch Lake later leading looks Mark Melissa Mitchell MG TC MG TD miles Milliken Motor Racing Research named NASCAR Notice official Old Corning Hill original park Photograph by C. R. Photograph by Melissa Queen Catharine's Cup race at Watkins racers Racing Research Center railroad road Robert seen Seneca Cup shows Special spectators start starting takes took town track trophy turn U.S. Grand U.S. Grand Prix vehicles victory village visitors Walters WATKINS GLEN GRAND Watkins Glen racing Weaver York