2019 Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival

Over the past few years of covering the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International (WGI), I was always so focused on covering every aspect of the on-track activity that I didn’t dare sacrifice a whole day (Friday) to check out the annual Grand Prix Festival in downtown Watkins Glen. I had no idea how much I was missing until this year when I decided to take it all in.

It was a tremendous experience. The people, the cars, the festival atmosphere was simply amazing. I ran into so many friends from the vintage racing community that I started to wonder whether there was anyone racing up at WGI!

The highlight of the day for me was to meet racing legend Hurley Haywood, who was this year’s “The Legend’s Speak” featured guest. This popular series is sponsored by the International Motor Racing Research Center. Hurley Haywood was also the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival.

Here are a few photos from the festival. Enjoy….TJ

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A beautiful day for a festival!


Racing legend Hurley Haywood!


Hurley Haywood’s amazing career highlights to be enshrined in the Watkins Glen Walk of Fame.


Beautiful Bentley racing through the streets of Watkins Glen!

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A great spot to watch the cars flow by…”Milliken’s Corner”, followed by the final left-hander onto Franklin Street.

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