Since 2015 the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) and the SAH have co-hosted the Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History. The Symposium, held each November in Watkins Glen NY, is open to the public and can be attended in-person or virtually through live streaming.
The Symposium is named in honor of Michael R. Argetsinger (1944-2015), who was himself a race car driver, the author of five books on motor racing, and a founding member of the IMRRC. Michael was the son of Cameron and Jean Argetsinger, who brought Formula One racing to America and founded the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course as well as the later Watkins Glen International race course. Michael inherited his parents’ passion for motor sports.
The Symposium is a unique forum with a growing audience of motor sports enthusiasts; it provides scholars, writers and researchers, both professional and amatuer, with a venue in which to present their work on the history of motor sports to their peers, to the wider motor sports community, and to the general public. Presentations on any topics relating to automotive competition and the cultural impacts of motor racing are welcome. The IMRRC and the SAH solicit abstracts of presentations and coordinate the selection of presentations, panel discussions and a keynote speaker for each Symposium. Scholars, journalists and motor racing researchers and writers of all descriptions are encouraged to participate. The Call for Papers is issued each March or April.
After a two year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, the Sixth Annual Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History was held Friday and Saturday, November 4th and 5th, at the Watkins Glen International race track Media Center. Thanks to the generous support and expertise of Gran Touring Motorsports, the event was live streamed and recorded, making this the first year the Symposium was held virtually, as well as in-person. The result was a bigger audience than ever.
The two days of sessions included fifteen half-hour individual presentations, one small group presentation, and one round table discussion. Several sessions were presented remotely from Australia, Belgium, Italy, Scotland, New Zealand, Nevada and South Carolina. Keynote speaker Buz McKim, renowned NASCAR historian, presented “Moonshine and Its Connection to the American Auto Industry.” The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce generously sponsored a reception at the IMRRC on Friday evening.
Click here to view the Symposium program, courtesy of the IMRRC.
Links to YouTube videos of the each session were sent to SAH members and will be posted here soon. (1/11/23)
2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the International Motor Racing Reasearch Center (IMRRC) and the 75th anniversary of auto racing in Watkins Glen. Planning is now under way for the 2023 Symposium and the Call for Papers will be issued soon. (2/3/23)