Welcome to the
International Motor Racing Research Center
Located in Watkins Glen, NY, the International Motor Racing Research Center is home to one of the world’s largest archival collections of materials representing the history of motorsports. With the mission to preserve and share the history of worldwide motor racing, all series and all venues, the Center welcomes everyone, from serious motorsports scholars to fans.
Visitors to our 5,000-square-foot facility are invited to slow down and appreciate the rush of racing and seasons past as they enjoy our extensive collections of materials that document the history of amateur and professional motor racing, including:
- The personal papers of drivers, journalists and authors
- Rare books
- Serial publications
- Reference books pertaining to drivers, cars, races and the history of motor racing
- Historical records
- Newsletters of clubs and motor racing teams and corporations
- Historical photographs
- Movie films and videos
- Oral histories
Visit the Center
Open year-round, the Center charges no admission and has a staff eager to share their passion for racing. We urge visitors to pick up a book, view the paintings, search for a favorite race program, study the displays or watch a film. We’re not a car museum, but we always have a significant car in the spotlight. Everything we have in our collections is available for everyone to enjoy.
Looking for a unique location for your next meeting or social event? The Center is an ideal place for providing your guests with an entertaining, educational experience that they won’t soon forget. Inquire today.
Location and Hours of Operation
Situated in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes Region, our location and hours are:
610 S. Decatur St
Watkins Glen, NY
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturdays January through March, except for Center Conversations days, and by appointment.
Visits outside of regular hours may be arranged by appointment.