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LaTell Sprint Car
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#26 LaTell midget
This car was built for the 1937 race season by George LaTell of Binghamton, NY. The current engine is a V-8 60 Ford from 1940. The car’s competition history ran from 1937-1951 and it was raced at tracks in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Canada. The racing organizations it competed with included the Central States Racing Association, Niagara Frontier Racing Association, American Racing Association, and the International Racing Association. An unrestored “barn find,” the car was purchased from the Gary LaTell estate in 2007 by current owner, Alan Tatich, 37 years after he saw the car for the first time at age 15.
#55 LaTell sprint car
Another “barn find,” the sprint car was also built by George LaTell from Binghamton for the 1936 racing season. The car is powered by a Ford Model B 4-cylinder. It competed at tracks in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and New Jersey. Sanctioning organizations the car competed in included the AAA, Central Pennsylvania Racing Organization, Central States Racing organization, Southern Tier Racing Club, National Auto Racing Association, Eastern States Racing Association, and the Sports Car Club of America. The car was raced at the Reading Fairgrounds and the legendary one mile Syracuse Fairgrounds. Interestingly enough, the car was also in Watkins Glen for the first race in 1948, but was ruled unable to compete because it did not have a starter. This car was also purchased from the LaTell estate by Alan Tatich, 36 years after he saw the car for the first time
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, N.Y., 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 at the IMRRC.
1966 GT40 Mk II
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".