The International Motor Racing Research Center works with venues across the region to feature archival materials from our vast collection.
Here’s where you can find our exhibits right now:
Arnot Art Museum: “Trackside Stories: Kathie J. Meredith’s Motorsports Photographs, 1968-1972”
“Trackside Stories,” a new exhibition mounted by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) in Watkins Glen in collaboration with the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, features 30 motorsports photographs by local photojournalist Kathie J. Meredith. Meredith’s photographs tell a myriad of stories found trackside – of fans, track workers, and internationally-famous racecar drivers. Meredith, a newly-hired reporter, took her notebook and cameras to her first race at the local track, Watkins Glen International or “The Glen,” in the summer of 1968. A native of Indianapolis, home of the Indy 500-mile endurance race, Meredith knew racing and race drivers from days at the speedway with her mother Geneva Meredith. She continued to cover races at Watkins Glen during the most exciting era in the circuit’s history, when it hosted major national racing events as well as top-level international races in the prestigious Formula One series. You can read more about Kathie J. Meredith and her photographs in an article written by Head Archivist Jenny Ambrose. July 14 – December 12, 2020
You can view the digital collection on the New York Heritage website.
IMRRC: “Women of Speed: Legacies in Motorsports”
Part of the “Women of Speed: Legacies in Motorsports” exhibition has been installed at the Center. The banners feature photographs from our collections of women “behind the wheel” and “behind the scenes.” Portraits of the seven women drivers honored in the “Watkins Glen Drivers’ Walk of Fame” will also be on view. We’re open by appointment, call (607) 535-9044 to schedule.
Watkins Glen International Media Center: “Scribes and Shooters at the International Motor Racing Research Center”
The stories of race drivers, race series, and race cars from all over the world are captured on the shelves and walls of the Center. Words and images created by generations of motorsports journalists and photographers form the core of the our collection. This display features work from four significant racing writers and cameramen represented in the Center’s holdings: Randy Barnett, Robert D. Fischer, Art Eastman, and Chris Economaki.
Southern Tier Welcome Center: “Racing in Watkins Glen”
In collaboration with (I ♥ NY) Empire State Development, the Center contributed to a gallery of regional artifacts at the Southern Tier Welcome Center at the Broome Gateway on northbound I-81 near the Pennsylvania border. Designed to connect the region’s history with contemporary tourist attractions, the Center loaned materials related to early racing history in Watkins Glen. The accompanying text describes the artifacts and promotes the Center’s research collection, racing at Watkins Glen International, and the Vintage Festival in Watkins Glen.
Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel: “Racing Reflections: 20 Years of Collecting at the International Motor Racing Research Center”
This highlights show in the bar of the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel illustrates the broad range of research material available at the Center. Intended to serve as an outreach tool to educate visitors to the area about the Center’s collection, it features examples of photographs, race programs and results, trophies, plaques, model cars and children’s toys from the archives.