The International Motor Racing Research Center’s Sixth Annual Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on Motor Racing History is being presented this year as a special issue of the Journal of Motorsport Culture & History. Normally held on-site each November in Watkins Glen, the Symposium has proven to be popular with motor racing academics and enthusiasts alike, providing an opportunity for scholars, researchers, and historical writers to present their work related to the history of automotive competition. As a result of this collaborative effort, the 2020 Symposium remains an important scholarly forum for motor racing.
The introductory essay and seven papers included in this issue, with diverse topics ranging from the founding of the 1938-1940 Formule Internationale, to an overview of Bentley, Cuban Automotive history, the foundation of vehicle manufacturers, and two observations of sim racing during the coronavirus pandemic, would otherwise have been presented in person. They address the 2020 Symposium’s theme of “The Evolution of Racing: Historical and Cultural Events Shaping Tomorrow.” The papers were submitted in response to a “Call for Papers” issued by the Journal and the IMRRC earlier this year and were subjected to peer review by the Journal’s editorial team of distinguished automotive and motorsports historians.
You can access the 2020 Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium Issue here.
Photos from the 2019 Symposium, “Writing Motor Sport History”