Another memorable weekend at Watkins Glen is now in the books…

Having just retired from the “9-to-5 job”, after 28 years, it was indeed a pleasure to attend the 2018 U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, strictly as a spectator. My son (Eric) and I made the most of our weekend together at my favorite track, Watkins Glen International. It’s located just outside the Village of Watkins Glen, situated up on a hill with a spectacular view of Seneca Lake. The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is simply beautiful. Here are a few photographs from our trip. iPhone pics only…I left the camera at home. Enjoy!


This one caught my eye…one of the highlights from the track infield car show. 1930 Ford Speedster (IndyStyle).

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Watkins Glen Grand Prix – Driver Walk of Fame – Village of Watkins Glen, New York. Peter Revson was one of my favorite drivers from childhood.


Here are two very significant cars from the original races through the streets of Watkins Glen, on display at the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC). The floor signs say: William C. Spear took the last checkered flag on the original Watkins Glen 6.6 mile road course in the Queen Catherine Cup on September 20, 1952, behind the wheel of this 1952 O.S.C.A MT-4 #1121 (on the left). “Poison Lil”, Maserati V8RI, #4504 built in 1936. Driven by George Weaver, led the first ever competitive lap at Watkins Glen in the 1948 “Junior Prix” (on the right).

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Watkins Glen State Park. Spectacular!


A trip to Watkins Glen would never be complete without a stop (or two) at the famous Tavern Room in Seneca Lodge. The atmosphere is amazing. Quite a few racing greats have tipped a few here after their exploits on the track. Cheers!

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1 Response to Another memorable weekend at Watkins Glen is now in the books…

  1. gmansmusic says:

    I like the pics! I never saw a car show in the infield there before. I also like the cars at the Research Center. I’d like to check that place out. Watkins Glen State Park is one of my favorites. It’s Gorges! Nice pic of you and Big E at Seneca. We’re they demanding our presence.

    The Man from G

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