IMRRC Honors 2016 Volunteers of the Year
Three people who spend a lot of time building the success of the International Motor Racing Research Center have been honored as the Center’s 2016 Volunteers of the Year.
Ron Hills, Rick Mihalkovic and Brenda Moody were honored during the Dec.10 Center Conversations presentation about the Ford GT40, the final talk of the year.
“Volunteers are crucial to the operation of the Racing Research Center,” Executive Director Tom Weidemann said. “We’re grateful to the countless hours Ron, Rick and Brenda have given us over the years. Not only are they great ambassadors for the Center, donating time and enthusiasm, they are continually giving us items for the collections, enhancing our work with racing’s history.”
The honorees were given a certificate designed by artist Linda McIntyre and bottles of Stone Bridge Red and Stone Bridge White wines from Atwater Estate Vineyards in Hector, N.Y.
Hills of Johnson City, N.Y., serves as the Center’s videographer, recording the monthly Center Conversations talks since late 2012.
“To have a role in preserving the legacy created by Cameron and Jean Argetsinger is the greatest honor I’ve had in this sport,” Hills said.
Hills attended his first car race in 1963 at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y.
In 1981 he started working as a reporter and videographer for “The Race Report” television program on WMGC-TV in Binghamton, N.Y., the year that race announcer Roy Sova created the show.
After Sova moved to North Carolina, Hills became the host, and later producer, of the weekly show.
Mihalkovic and Moody, who live in Binghamton, are often seen at information tables set up by the Center at races at Watkins Glen International or other community events. They first started spreading the word about the Center about 15 years ago, staffing the information table at the annual Grand Prix Festival in downtown Watkins Glen.
Mihalkovic is a lawyer, practicing in Endicott, N.Y. His first race at Watkins Glen was in 1963. In addition to volunteering for the Racing Research Center, he crews for friends involved with club, vintage and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racing.
Both Mihalkovic and Moody are members of the SCCA Glen Region, and they enjoy owning a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, which Mihalkovic purchased new, and a 1991 Miata prepped for competition.
Moody is a retired hair stylist who is busy now as an avid potter in affiliation with the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton.
Anyone interested in learning more about volunteering for the Racing Research Center should contact Glenda Gephart, director of administration and communications, at email@example.com. The Center has many volunteer opportunities, from staffing information tables to using the collections to answer research requests.