Intl. Motor Racing Research Center

The story behind the speed

Watkins Glen finally hit the international stage in 1948 when the village hosted the nation's first post-World War II road race. From there, Watkins Glen quickly become famous in the world of road racing, hosting races through the village streets of Watkins Glen through 1952, then moving up to what is now Watkins Glen International, also know as WGI or simply "The Glen". Today, WGI is among the most renowned road racing facilities in the world. The facility is known for its incredible hospitality, great vantage points, and an impressive diversity of cars they host including NASCAR, IMSA, IndyCar, Vintage Grand Prix, and many more.

For the story behind the speed, be sure to stop by the International Motor Racing Research Center in downtown Watkins Glen. It boasts over 5,000 square feet of racing history to explore including a reading room, film room, exhibits, and worldwide racing archives. Even if you're not keen on race history or racing, we strongly encourage you to swing by this incredible facility. Their short video is fascinating and visitors of all ages enjoy seeing the current vintage display race car that changes every few months is on display in the atrium. Famous drivers periodically give talks and the mostly volunteer staff are extraordinarily knowledgeable.  Visit their website here to learn more, or give them a call at (607) 535-9044, or even better, stop by the Center for a visit at 610 South Decatur Street, Watkins Glen.


Adrenaline fans... start your engines! The streets of Watkins Glen and Schuyler County are home to the birthplace of American road racing. Having played host to international automobile racing since 1948, the tradition continues annually with the Vintage Grand Prix Festival, when classic racecars (and vintage cars of all kinds) take to the streets...

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