Date(s) - Mar 02, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Richard Campbell
- Joseph DeLucia
- John Feng
- William P Benedict
- James Nichol
- Mark Sherman
- Jon McGowan
- Peter Ross
- Mark Lefferts
- Scott Fenley
The VSCCA Northern Tech Session
The Saratoga Auto Museum
Saturday – March 2
VSCCA Northern Tech Session at the Saratoga Auto Museum
March 2, 2019
The Saratoga Auto Museum is honoring the VSCCA on its 60thanniversary with a special exhibit of VSCCA cars from the pre-war era through to the sports racers and production racers of the fifties and early sixties. As part of this ongoing celebration of early road racing the museum will host a special program as a “tech session” for VSCCA members on March 2nd.
This special program will be presented by the famed International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen and will feature noted historian Bill Green from the Center and outreach director Kip Zeiter. Green is an expert on early sports car racing in the United States and is the IMRRC historian serving as liaison to the center’s Historians Council. Green is internationally recognized for his exhaustive knowledge of racing at Watkins Glen and also for his personal collection of racing materials he began collecting at the first Watkins Glen race in 1948.
For this presentation, Green will talk about early sports car racing including ARCA and the street race at Watkins Glen, which was the first road race for sports cars after World War II. Green’s talk will feature a film highlighting early racing at the small Finger Lakes village that ultimately developed into one of the premier road courses in the world.
The Saratoga Auto Museum celebrates auto racing in its many forms in New York State. Two cars that competed in the early Watkins Glen street races are on permanent display. Perhaps the most famous is George Weaver’s legendary 1936 Maserati V8RI better known as “Poison Lil.” Weaver had a long history at The Glen winning the 1949 and ‘51 Seneca Cup races and competed at The Glen through the early 60s.
The other car on display is the Erwin Goldschmidt’s J2 Allard, which won the Watkins Glen Grand Prix in 1950 and competed in a number of races in New York State, most notably at Bridgehampton.
In addition to these two special cars, the museum also features cars from other forms of racing and some impressive examples of automobiles manufactured in New York State including a massive Franklin owned by Charles Lindberg.
The tech session will also feature a catered lunch and an auction of automobilia supplied by the members.
VSCCA member will not want to miss this chance to hear from one of the most celebrated historians of this sport they love and the early races where sports car racing was reborn in a big way after World War II.