The mission of SAH Motor Sports is to promote, contribute to and support the serious, scholarly study of international automotive competition history.

General Goals of SAH Motor Sports (SAHMS)
  • To encourage and support serious, scholarly automotive competition history research and publication;
  • To develop and support activities and strategies that foster international automotive competition history;
  • To work with historically oriented groups, organizations, research centers, museums, elementary and secondary schools, and relevant community events to further the knowledge and understanding of international automotive competition history;
  • To support and, when possible, coordinate the dissemination of international automotive competition histories;
  • To encourage and support the development and expansion of international automotive competition archives and databases;
  • To foster and support the study of under-represented groups and their involvement with international automotive competition;
  • To develop functional partnerships with allied entities such as businesses, publishers, sanctioning bodies, research centers, museums, colleges, and universities.
The mission and goals of SAHMS will be served by the supporting following program:
  • SAH Motor Sports, along with the SAH Academic Committee, serves as the co-host with the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) located in Watkins Glen, New York, for the annual Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium for International Automotive Competition History to be held each November in Watkins Glen.  SAHMS and IMRRC will generally select a theme for each symposium, although any topic relating to international automotive competition history can be accepted. An ongoing and recurring theme of thrust of the Argetsinger Symposium will be “The Cultural Turn Meets the First Turn.” SAHMS and IMRRC will coordinate on the selection of the papers to be presented, the composition of the panels and their chairs, with IMRRC selecting the featured speaker for the symposium.  http://www.racingarchives.org
Organization of SAHMS
  • SAH Motor Sports is a duly constituted Chapter under the auspices of the Society of Automotive Historians, having been voted on and approved as a chapter under the SAH Charter and Bylaws.
  • The head of SAHMS is its Chairperson. The chair of SAHMS will serve as the official representative to the SAH Board of Directors and will act on the behalf of SAHMS in matters relating to the SAH.
Point of Contact

For further information about SAH Motor Sports and/or international automotive competition history, please contact H. Donald Capps at: cappshd@gmail.com


Annual Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium for International Motor Racing History

2020: We regret to announce that the Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History, scheduled for this November, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to seeing everyone back at Watkins Glen in November of 2021 for the Sixth Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History. Details to follow.

2019: The Fifth Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History was held on Friday and Saturday, November 8 & 9, 2019, in Watkins Glen, New York. The symposium focused on the history of international motor sport and was a joint endeavor of the International Motor Racing Research Center, the Society of Automotive Historians Motor Sports section, and the Vehicular Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association. The symposium was held at the Watkins Glen International Media Center at the track.

Continuing the Symposium’s ongoing theme of “The Cultural Turn Meets the First Turn,” the topic for 2019 was “Writing Motor Sports History.” On Friday and Saturday, some fifty attendees heard a total of fourteen speakers give moderated presentations on a wide variety of motor sports topics. On Saturday afternoon Dr. John Heitmann, of the University of Dayton and author of The Automobile and American Life, was the “Writing Motor Sports History” keynote speaker. Dr. Heitmann and several of the presenters concluded the conference by participating in a panel discussion on the same topic, moderated by SAH President Don Capps

2019 Presenters and IMRRC staff.