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Historics: Lime Rock Historic head Murray Smith to speak at Watkins Glen Center

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Lime Rock Historic Festival organizer and fellow historic/vintage race car driver Murray Smith will speak at the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on Saturday, June 21. The announcement was made via press release from the IMRRC on June 16.

The talk will begin at 1 p.m. at the Center in the village and is free and open to everyone.

Since 2009, Smith has organized the popular historic motor racing and car show event that is held each Labor Day weekend at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. This year's Historic Festival at Lime Rock will feature honored guests Sir Stirling Moss and Lady Susie Moss and the featured car collector will be Ralph Lauren.

At the talk on Saturday, Smith will speak about the cars he has driven over the years, as well as the significant vintage and historic motoring events he has organized.

He has specialized in racing historic race cars, from Alfa Monzas to Brabham and Lotus Formula One cars, as well as all kinds of sports racing cars, from pre-war Bentleys to Porsche 956s and 962s.

Smith has competed many times successfully at Watkins Glen, racing in Jaguar D-type and Lola T70 cars. He also was on the team finishing fourth overall in a Camaro in the 1986 IMSA Firestone Firehawk 24 Hours event at Watkins Glen.

Born in Scotland, Murray Smith studied at the University at the London School of Economics and had a successful career in advertising. Upon retirement, he began a new career as a consultant on motoring matters to major clients such as Chrysler, Rolex, Tudor, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton.

In 1996, he founded and organized the international automobile show the Louis Vuitton Classic at Rockefeller Center in New York. In 2002, he was the founder and organizer of the annual Legendes Historic Racing event at Mont Tremblant in Quebec.

He is past chairman of BMP, the organization that runs the four major British championships - Formula 3, British Touring Cars, GT and Superbikes - and he also is a past member of the FIA Formula One Management Commission. He is a regular contributor to "Sports Car Market" magazine on the subject of vintage and historic racing.

The IMRRC is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen and is part of the public library complex.

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