International Motor Racing Research Center, Watkins Glen

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The International Motor Racing Research Center, located in Watkins Glen, NY, is an archival library/museum whose mission is collecting, preserving and presenting the heritage of motor sports. The Center is open year round and admission is free.
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  • The people there obviously love what they do. That are passionate about it and willing to share all of their information. 
    The people there obviously love what they do. That are passionate about it and willing to share all of their information.  more »
  • The history of motor racing at your fingertips, attached to the main library with a very helpful staff. 
    The history of motor racing at your fingertips, attached to the main library with a very helpful staff.  more »
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  • I had a fantastic time here today! I’ve always wandered by, but decided to stop in and was treated to a literal museum of sorts. Relics of antiquated beauty to new high octane models, this is a motor racing haven of heaven for race car enthusiasts. The museum was a beautifully tailored what’s what and who’s who of all things in the collective and very comprehensive sport of motor racing. The vibrant enthusiasm for this sport spans countries and cultures and is a perfect opportunity for unity in its most precious element. My host, the very gracious Duke Argetsinger, is a true blue legend in the motor racing world, as was his father. Humble and kind, he walked me through an encyclopedic perspective about racing in our brief time together and there’s still so much surface left to explore in those halcyon days of racing’s golden age to its limelight and spotlighted present. Every era and decade was fitfully represented through a mode of mediums, including but not limited to models, archival footage, video presentations, posters, trophies, hard to find artifacts and yes...incredible race cars in the institute’s main room! This was an absolute one if a kind experience and I look forward to visiting again. A very special highly recommended! Really worth a visit!
  • Awesome little place. Very nice and knowledgable staff, really nice displays and of course, beautiful cars.

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