As a 510 (c)(3) charitable organization (ID #16-1572964), the International Motor Racing Research Center receives no local, state or federal operating money. To ensure that we stay true to our mission of preserving and sharing the history of motorsports we have established a variety of ways through which individuals and organizations can support the center.
Members and Benefactors
The International Motor Racing Research Center is dependent on donations of financial support. We have established several levels at which support may be given. A motorsports VIP is invited to serve as the appeal campaign chairman each year. Past chairmen include Mario Andretti, Phil Hill, Sir Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Sam Posey, Denise McCluggage and Butch Leitzinger. Learn more.
Memory Brick and Block Program
The Center’s east and west entryways are paved with engraved bricks and granite blocks. The prices are $200 for a brick and $1,000 for a granite block.
Many families of Center supporters have chosen to honor their loved ones by designating the Center as the recipient of memorials. The Center is extremely grateful for this type of support because it is enhanced by memories of those being honored.
We also actively participate in employers’ matching gift programs. Matching gifts may double or triple the value of gifts. The Center encourages our supporters to contact their employer’s benefits office to inquire about matching gifts. We truly appreciate the additional time and effort participation requires.
An endowment fund to ensure future operations has been established, to which Center supporters may designate donations. Further information about the endowment is available from the staff.
Center supporters can make a difference now and in the future by using planned giving to make the Center part of their long-range financial plans through a deferred gift. Whether a person of moderate or substantial means, supporters can build a lasting racing legacy through the following ways:
- bequest in one’s will
- charitable remainder trust
- charitable lead trust
- gift of appreciated assets
- gift of life insurance
- gift of retirement plans
- gift of appreciated property
- gift of real estate
In addition to the benefits of the gift to the Center, donors receive additional benefits through income tax deductions and savings in estate taxes for themselves and survivors. A personal financial advisor is the best person to analyze those benefits.
Briggs Cunningham Legacy Society
The Briggs S. Cunningham Legacy Society provides an opportunity to contribute estate assets to the International Motor Racing Research Center. Gifts may be financial and/or material items such as automobiles, significant collections of photographs, film, books and other motorsports memorabilia subject to acceptance by the Center. Donors will be acknowledged, commensurate with level of contribution, appropriately on display plaques at the Center.
Membership in the Briggs Cunningham Legacy Society, established in honor of one of America’s most noted racers and sportsmen, may be obtained in one of these ways:
- By execution of a formal Pledge Commitment and Agreement making your gift an irrevocable legal obligation of your estate. This method has the advantage to the International Motor Racing Research Center of certainty of both the designation and the amount of your legacy.
- By simply adding the International Motor Racing Research Center as a beneficiary of your estate and notifying us in writing that you have done so. The amount of your intended gift may or may not be specified. This alternative is an agreement in principle, but is not legally binding, in that you may modify your estate beneficiary designations at any time.
You can request a copy of our most recently filed financial report from the Charities Bureau Registry on the New York Attorney General’s website (https://www.charitiesnys.com/) or by contacting us:
Watkins Glen Motor Racing Research Council, Inc
DBA International Motor Racing Research Center
610 South Decatur Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
New York State Attorney General
Department of Law
28 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10005