The Guys With Rides Team made a point while on a trip through the Finger Lakes of New York State to visit the International Motor Racing Research Center (“IMRRC”) located in Watkins Glenn. The town of Watkins Glen gets credit for starting post World War II sports car road racing in the U.S. in the early 1950s. That initial concept eventually led to the U.S. Formula One Grand Prix being held there through 1980.
The IMRRC collects, shares, and preserves the history of motorsports. Spanning continents, eras and race series, the Center’s collection embodies the speed, drama, and camaraderie of amateur and professional motor racing throughout the world. In addition to a variety of books and videos of all forms of motorsports, the IMRRC also houses the entire archives of the SCCA. Watkins Glen is a very storied place for motor racing fans and if you are ever in the area you owe it yourself to drive the original track route as well as pay a visit to the IMRRC.
The IMRRC’s single biggest fundraiser annually is their car raffle, which for 2019 was a gorgeous 1986 Ferrari 308 GTS 5-Speed with only 60,500 valued at $71,500. The caretaker for the past twenty years of this 308 just had it serviced prior to donating the car.