Center Conversations is a monthly talk series presented by the IMRRC and sponsored in part by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. Speakers have included authors, racers, team owners, track and race officials and motorsports journalists, all offering an insider’s look at some aspect of racing. The talks are free and open to everyone.
IMRRC Honoring 50th Canadian Grand Prix on June 24
June 12, 2017
The International Motor Racing Research Center is marking the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix with reminiscences from three long-time insiders on June 24.
May 6 Talk to Focus on Sports Car Racing Legend John Fitch
April 19, 2017
Sports car racing legend, engineer and innovator John Cooper Fitch will be the subject of a Center Conversations talk May 6 at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
Slot Car Racing Champion to Speak During Model Car Show March 17-19
March 3, 2017
Thousands of cars will be displayed at the 4th Annual Model Car Show March 17-19. Frank Spena, a professional slot car racing champion, will speak on Saturday, March 18.
Walk of Fame Racers Talk Re-scheduled to Feb. 18
January 6, 2017
The careers of 15 racers honored in the Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame will be examined on Feb. 18 by International Motor Racing Research Center Historian Bill Green and others.
The Story of the Ford GT40 on Dec. 10
November 21, 2016
Preston Lerner, author of “Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans,” will speak at 1 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
IMRRC Partnering with SAH for Racing Symposium Nov. 11-12
October 21, 2016
The International Motor Racing Research Center is again partnering with the Society of Automotive Historians for an academic symposium on racing.
Trans-Am Panel Talk Set for Oct. 22
September 29, 2016
A panel of Trans-Am experts will be speaking at the IMRRC on Oct. 22.
Learn about Central New York Raceway Park on June 18; Talk at 11 a.m.
May 31, 2016
Central New York Raceway Park, slated to be the Northeast’s newest race track, is in the spotlight for the June 18 Center Conversations talk at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
Ray Crawford, Hero and Racer, Talk Topic May 14
May 4, 2016
Ray Crawford, a 1950s-era Indianapolis 500 racer, who also was a combat fighter ace and test pilot and a millionaire business mogul, will be the subject of the May 14 Center Conversations talk at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
'Men Behind the Mics' on April 16
April 8, 2016
Renowned race track announcers from across Central New York and Connecticut kick off the race season by telling their stories.