After a hiatus of two years due to the pandemic, the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC), partnering with the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH) and the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce, presents the Sixth Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History. The Symposium has established itself as a unique and respected scholarly forum and has gained a growing audience of students and enthusiasts. It provides an opportunity for scholars, researchers and writers to present their work related to the history of automotive competition and the cultural impact of motor racing to their peers and to the motor racing community in general.
A full two-day program of illustrated talks, geared to both motor racing scholars and racing enthusiasts, will be presented at the Media Center on the grounds of the famous Watkins Glen International race track. In conjunction with the on-site sessions, open to the public at no charge, the Symposium will be live-streamed to those who wish to attend remotely. Attendees are welcome to join us for the entire event or for individual sessions that are of particular interest to them.
This year’s Symposium will feature presentations by nineteen motorsports experts. Buz McKim, renowned NASCAR historian will give the keynote address, Moonshine and Its Connection to the American Auto Industry. Other highlights include a presentation by oval track racecar expert Gordon Eliot White on noted racecar designer and builder Harry Miller: The Man and the Cars and five presentations addressing the intricate and symbiotic relationship between motorsports and the media. A broad range of other subjects will be explored, from the politics of Grand Prix racing in the 1930s to the connections between musicians and motorsports. In addition, several noted scholars will participate in Fifty Years After Title IX – On and Off the Track: A Roundtable on Women in Motorsports.
New this year: A live stream of the symposium is available for the first time thanks to our friends at Gran Touring Motorsports.
A printable overview of the schedule for the two-day event can be found here.