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watkins glen international racetrack, ny - The Glen

Venue Physical Address: County Line Road, Watkins Glen, New York, 14891 U.S.A.

Hotels Accommodations near Watkins Glen Racetrack?

For Hotels / Motels and resort Accommodations Lodgins near Watkins Glen International Circuit see Hotels near Watkins Glen NY

> What's the nearest major airport?

(ROC) Greater Rochester International Monroe County Airport NY:
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> Is there camping at the track?

Yep. You can camp right beside the track, contact the glen. Campground Websites (not the circuit): Watkins Glen/Korning KOA; Wakins Glen State Park

Got Directions to Watkins Glen?

If you're driving from Canada or across the United States and plan to pass through Niagara Falls, remember to keep lots of change handy as you'll pay bridge and thruway (particularly New York State thruway) tolls along the way. While most of these are less than 2USD, I don't like your chances showing up at a toll booth with a large denomination note. Note too that stopping on the thruway for supplies is not a good idea, EVERYTHING (including gas) is overpriced, and then there's the TAX. Fill up way ahead. From the thruway you'll take exit 42 along the west bank of Lake Seneca. I've never been along the East bank of the lake, if you have experience and this is easier (although locals asked tended to think not) let me know. Let me know too about good routes from the South. Note traffic becomes inwards bound on race day and outwards bound after. The official website has specific maps regarding this.

Parking Parking is copious. The circuit is set apart from everything else in the area and surrounded by fields that are used for parking on event days.

> Where's the Map of Watkins Glen NY?

> Check out this Watkins glen satellite and road map (with hotels close by)

> Got Watkins Glen weather and radar?

The setting by beautiful lake Seneca makes this a perfect stop through summer when the weather heats up. For Weather and vacinity radar, see the U.S. National Weather Service Watkins Glen Weather forecast. I don't remember the local traffic weather radio AM station, if you know, or if you find out, let me know via the contcat link below. I'll add it to my brand new Local Weather Traffic Radio Stations USA list

> What else is there to do close by Watkins Glen?

The Town of Watkins Glen, just a 4 miles from the circuit gates is a perrenial American Lake Resort town. Almost anything a vacationer might need for entertianment, shopping (practical and specialist), and food is available from a scenic and historic main street (Franklin Street), which of course services locals year round. Beautiful lake Seneca not only provides a rich source of irrigation for the wineries located along it's length but provides still further opportunities for diversion.

Franklin Street offers all kinds of shopping, as well as eating, opportunites from circuit merchandise at THE SHOP, to antiques and several very fancy wine stores, featuring the famous local Finger Lakes Wineries product.

The Glen Theatre (pic) on Main Street (Franklin Street) in the town shows current popular movies and from time to time hosts concerts and theatre productions from time to time. Check the the theatre website for schedules.

Lake Seneca offers any number of family related activities, whether it be a lake cruise with Captain Bill on the very tip of the lake in the Northern edge of the main street (you really won't miss it, see the pic of the big boat out front) or to use the play ground out around the pier (pic) near by, or movies, or take your own boat out for some fishing. (Got tips about mooring on a race weekend - The cost? who to call? What it costs? Let me know). Watkins Glen is a unique American vacation resort that is busy all through Summer, so there's more than enough to keep you entertained while chilling in this pretty town.

The town contains several Christian Churches. For a list with addresses/phone numbers of all churches in Schuyler County see (scroll down to WG)

Casinos in the area?
There's a heap of Casino Gaming Places in Niagara Falls, but then that's a long way to go. Don't know about closer, if you do, let me know. I suspect, however, that it wouldn't take too long a walk around the campgrounds to find someone with a deck of cards a and flashlight!

> Speed related stuff we got to check out nearby:

> "The Shop" - Downtown Watkins Glen racing Merchandise store
> The Motorsport History Research Library.
Nearby Weedsport, New york dirt track hall of fame & classic car musuem
> Find more U.S. Speedways

Places of Worship Check out Worship

> Liquor Laws: The legal drinking age in New York State is 21.

>Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

> TIPPING: 15% on food / travel / hospitality services

> TAXES: New York state tax was (probably still is) 15% over and above list, added to all items (except unprepared food) and one of the highest tax rates in the U.S. This went up 3 fold after 091101. An interesting example is I paid .99c "Grocery Tax" on a .89 cent cup of coffee at a gas station! see the first picture.

> Time Zone: EST Eastern Standard Time GMT -5

Electricity plugs are 2 prong paralel, but some older plugs accept a third round earth grounding.

Tips - Do/Don't

TIP #1:
Don't expect to drive up at the last minute Sunday morning from the North. If you do make sure your tank's gassed up well before you hit the traffic jam on the small (but scenic) country roads beside Lake Seneca. All traffic on Serius race day is one way inwards in the AM and outwards after the event.


Hallowed Ground. The Glen, Watkins Glen, Thunder Road, Racing with a twist, no matter what you call it, along with Laguna Seca and Elkhart Lake Road America, it one of the most interesting and challenging road courses in the United States. Watkins Glen is a 3.4 mile winding circuit, on which U.S. Formula One Grands Prix were run from 1961-1981 (from 1977 onwards it was one of two grands prix held in the U.S. each year, the other location being Long Beach. Famous racers know to U.S. race series fans who won these events are Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, and Emerson "Emo" Fittapaldi. (see right column for a full list of USGP at Watkin's winners.).
The Circuit's NASCAR configuration is 2.5 miles approx, excluding "the boot" section of the former Formula One Grand Prix Course, as it was considered too tight for a modern stock car to negotiate. For a short but illuminating history of racing at the circuit visit
Download vintage racing movie clips from Robert Gillespie's
Coming from the North down along Lake Seneca towards the small town of Watkins Glen, you already know that you're headed for an old-fashioned American resort town, part mythical main street, but part, and this is the good part, home of American road racing, and in it's modern guise, with the track now perched up above the town instead of through the streets as it was between 1948-52, a unique experience for America's favourite racing series, NASCAR, and a full schedule of other race events during the year.

The big event at The Glen, or America's Thunder Road, is of course the NASCAR Serius at the Glen weekend in August. The Town puts on a street parade to welcome the 100,000+ visitors there to vacation and enjoy the region, it's wines, it's beautiful scenery, and of course, the unique brand of thunder.

Very many small accommodation businesses have sprouted in the area to cater for the race fan visitor but the real experience is to camp at the track and enjoy the camaraderie of the world wide racing family, with watersports, hunting, and resort facilities near by.

And the town's not a racing anomoly in New York state, a place too often identified with the big city that shares it's name. It's real rural America, and as that should suggest it's a place enthralled with racing of all kinds. A little known fact is that the biggest race crowds (per year) in this part of the world, are not for NASCAR but for dirt track, which is offiically the biggest spectator sport in Central New York. And a short drive (60 miles) will get you to the Dirt Track hall of fame and Dirt Track, and a little further east you'll find Rochester, which holds the biggest dirt track event of the year.

What's on offer at Watkins Glen. Racing with a twist in a pretty lake-side resort town? pack up the grill and Hook up the camper, we're going racing!

Other events at Watkins Glen
> NASCAR Nextel Cup
> Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen
> Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix
> Historic Racing
> Porsche Clash
> Sahlen's Sports Car Grand Prix
> SCCA Glen Nationals
> Grand American Rolex Sportscar Series
> Details and Schedules:
Watkins Glen International Circuit Official Website Link
> For other race tracks in New York State, check out my growing guide to New York State Racetracks

Other events of interest
> Finger Lakes Wine Festival
> Racing Thunder in the Glen Steet Parade, Franklin Street, (Main Street) Watkins Glen
> Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival - Streets of Watkins Glen Town
> See for other festivals dates in the town and region.
Also of Interest
> Read about Beemaster's relaxing vacation in WG.

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USGP Winners at the Glen:

1961 Innes Ireland
1962 Jim Clark
1963 Graham Hill
1964 Graham Hill
1965 Graham Hill
1966 Jim Clark
1967 Jim Clark
1968 Jackie Stewart
1969 Jochen Rindt
1970 Emerson Fittipaldi
1971 Francois Cevert
1972 Jackie Stewart
1973 Ronnie Peterson
1974 Carlos Reutemann
1975 Niki Lauda
1976 James Hunt
1977 James Hunt
1978 Carlos Reutemann
1979 Gilles Villeneuve
1980 Alan Jones
There used to be some great pictures of Watkins Glen Champions, Scheckter, Hunt, Andretti, at a web page called "Watkins Glen Memories" (on a GeoCities site) but that's gone now unfortunately. If you've got a good historic Watkins Glen website address to send me, or even some old pictures of Grand Prix Racing as it should be, I'd love to add it here.


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NY Taxes: If you look carefully you'll see I paid $0.99c grocery tax on an $0.89c cup of coffee while stopping for gas! Please call again????
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Terbulence - Niagra Falls around 150 miles to go! to either Watkins Glen or Toronto, Canada.

Getting Closer

ok, we're home and hosed. Light pole flags hark to The Glen's illustrious motorsports heritage

Pretty City, plaques everywhere and two wall murals by racing artist Robert Gillespie. From 1948-52 there was racing in the town's streets. vintage garage, watkins glen, n.y.
Main Street Curiosity #1: A vintage gas station/workshop, a reminder that the Main Street West was a part of the pit area when automobiles raced through the streets from 1948-1952.
vintage garage, watkins glen, n.y.
Main Street Curiosity #2: A Brands Hatch near London phone box (non-functioning) outside the Crooked Rooster Irish Pub. Lake Seneca Cruises near Watkins glen ny.
Take a cruise on Lake Seneca with Captian Bill!
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The glen theatre
the pier from which we sail, watkins glen, n.y.
Lake Seneca Pier, lovely, relaxing, through the year; A hive of activity and visitors during summer and race weekends.

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