Watkins Glen, New York will forever have a place in motorsports history. On October 2, 1948, the first post-World War II road race was hosted right on our village streets.
The original grand prix course
You can drive the original Grand Prix course (it's all on public roads!) in your own vehicle any time you'd like, by following THIS MAP.
While you're in town, be sure to visit the International Motor Racing Research Center for the story behind the speed and to view their fantastic 20-minute video, encapsulating racing history and how racing put Schuyler County on the map "way back when".
celebrate racing history at the grand prix festival
The 6.6 miles circuit ran trhough the village streets, starting and ending in front of the Schuyler County Courthouse. This tradition continues annually with the Grand Prix Festival, when classic racecars take to the streets once again. An estimated 25,000 spectators come out to enjoy the festive atmosphere, which includes a Walk of Fame ceremony, car shows, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Tribute (a re-enactment of the 1948 - 1952 road races), and much more.