Throught the Esses: Five Years of Preserving the Past
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© Andrew S. Hartwell

"Built expressly to preserve the heritage of motor racing, the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen is a 5,000 square-foot facility that is both a research library and an archive. The research facility is available to all interested persons for both serious scholarship and pure pleasure.

The archive is intended to serve as a safe repository for primary documents related to the history and heritage of worldwide motorsport." - Source:

Can it be almost five years since the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York (USA) opened its doors? Checking back on some old files we found comments made by veteran Formula One champion Jackie Stewart at the grand opening ceremonies that took place on June 4, 1999.

Stewart: "There are many museums of cars around the world where people can either go to show respect to the sport or see some of the memorabilia that is collected. But what you've got here, to have archives and have real research available is, I think, a tremendous asset to the whole racing community."

So that confirms it then, June 2004 will mark the fifth anniversary of this significant event in the history of motor racing. It marks the creation of a very special place, located right in the heart of "downtown America", where the volumes of history of sportscar racing reside, tended by some very caring and professional hands.

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