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1955 MG-TF sports car
On Display Now
Peter Argetsinger’s 1955 MG-TF sports car
In honor of Peter Argetsinger, race driver, racing coach and IMRRC Governing Council member, the Research Center is displaying Peter’s 1955 MG-TF sports car. He purchased the car as a teenager in 1967 for $200. It was his principal mode of transport throughout his college and early married years, remaining a treasured friend and favorite ride throughout his life. Pete and his wife Sjoukje had many adventures in the stylish but (of course) temperamental British racing-green roadster, including a harrowing trip through the eye of Hurricane Agnes and Christmas-time trips to upstate New York with only side curtains to fend off the ice and cold. Peter sadly died in February 2020 at his home in Watkins Glen and the Center is thrilled to host his beloved MG as a memorial to his extraordinary personality and remarkable talent.
Past Display Cars
When the founders of the International Motor Racing Research Center were working on the details for the new archival and research facility, they knew they wanted the look and feel of a library. Some exhibit space was important, and, foremost, they envisioned space for a race car. Wide double-doors have accommodated the rolling in and out of dozens of different cars since the IMRRC opened in June 1999. The cars are displayed for a few months, often complementing a Center Conversations talk or other event.
If you have an interesting race car you’d be willing to display at the IMRRC in Watkins Glen, NY, please email Kip Zeiter, the Coordinator of Visitor Services and Outreach.
Among the cars the IMRRC has hosted:
Walt Hansgen's Jaguar Special
Vic Franzese's Can-Am Champagne Car
Rusty Wallace's Dodge
Phil Hill's Ferrari
Mark Donohue Sunoco Eagle
Gary Balough's Batmobile DIRT Modified
Ford GT 40
David Loring's Denali
1975 McLaren M23
2003 Dallara Chassis side
Pre-WWII flat tail midget with Ford flathead V8-60 engine owned by Al Isselhard
1957 Indy roadster
This stunning 1956 Corvette is owned by Gary Fickeisen of Moravia, N.Y.
The 1968 Shelby Mustang
1966 GT40 Mk II
1956 Jaguar XK140
1956 Jaguar XK140 at Racing Research Center
Bojangles' No. 98
Ford Boss 302R
The original Boss 302R built in 2009 for JBS Racing, Montour Falls, NY.
Maserati V8RI Built in 1936 "Poison Lil" led the very first competition lap at Watkins Glen in the 1948 "Junior Prix".
1960 MGA Twin Cam Roadster
1967 Alpine-Renault A110 Berlinette
1977 Monza GT
1977 Monza GT Driven by Upstate New York driver Warren Agor and on display through January. Agor was the SCCA Rookie of the Year in 1969 and A-Sedan Champion in 1972. He competed in 71 professional races between 1970-1977: 36 Trans-Am, 24 IMSA GT, and 11 Can-Am. He won the 1973 Trans Am race at Sanair Internationale. Agor was a member of the Road Racing Drivers Club and posthumously inducted into the Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame in 2015. Throughout his career, Agor Racing never had the budgets of the bigger teams, and usually came to the races with a volunteer crew, but he was always competitive. It is said that his team accomplished more with less than any of his era. The Monza on display was designed and built totally in-house utilizing the latest design trends for the All-American GT cars. Tube frame chassis, aerodynamically slick bodywork, a super wide track with 14” and 18” tires, rear wing specially designed and built at Penske, and powered by a stout 350 c.i. Chevy producing 450+ horsepower, it’s a great example of an exciting era of IMSA racing.