“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Watkins Glen in Schuyler County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

At Watkins Glen

Dedicated to the Founders

At Watkins Glen Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 12, 2014
1. At Watkins Glen Marker
Inscription. Each year on Friday after Labor Day, the Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen celebrates the community’s rich road racing history and the first post-World War II road race in the United States. The event is dedicated to the committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Watkins Glen that launched that initial race on October 2, 1948.

The members of the Race Executive Committee included All of these individuals worked on a day-to-day basis to prepare for and conduct the first races on October 2, 1948.
Location. 42° 22.6′ N, 76° 52.289′ W. Marker is in Watkins Glen, New York, in Schuyler County. Marker is on Franklin Street (New York State Route 14) just north of 10th Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. It is across from the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Watkins Glen NY 14891, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Present Watkins Glen Circuit (here, next to this marker); The Original Watkins Glen Circuit (here, next to this marker); Watkins Glen State Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Honoring Our Naval Veterans (approx. half a mile away); James A. Shepard (approx. 2.4 miles away); Catherine's Landing (approx. 2.4 miles away); She-Qua-Ga (approx. 2.4 miles away); Saw Mill Creek (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Watkins Glen.
More about this marker. The center panel of the marker shows the current year’s poster for the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival. The right-side panel has three photographs captioned “Briggs Cunningham in the Buick powered Mercedes bodied Bu-Merc, at speed. Photo by Lytle, 1948" “Cameron Argetsinger, originator and organizer of the races, at the Flat Iron Building. 1948.” “The starting grid for the 1948 Grand Prix qualifying race; the four lap Junior Prix. Photo by Art Richards.”
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Cameron Argetsinger. “Argetsinger grew up in Youngstown, where his father, James Cameron Argetsinger, was general counsel and secretary of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company.[2] He spent the summers of his boyhood in Schuyler County, New York visiting his grandparents and, later, his family's summer home. He inherited a love of fast cars from his father and in 1947 bought a sports car so he could become a member of the nascent Sports Car Club of America. Before long, Argetsinger began to dream of organizing a sports car race in and around the town of Watkins Glen. "It's been said, and it's not entirely wrong, that I did it because I had an MG-TC and didn't have a place to race it," he told The New York Times in 1998.” (Submitted on January 1, 2015.) 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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