James L. Queen of Bossier City, Louisiana is the winner of the 1982 Ferrari 308GTSi raffled off by the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York. The winning ticket was drawn on Saturday, December 7 at the Center by Watkins Glen Police Chief, Tom Struble. Mr. Queen was notified of his win by IMRRC President J. C. Argetsinger via telephone and will receive the vehicle in the near future in Louisiana.
The car raffle is the major fundraiser of the IMRRC held each year. According to the IMRRC, the 2013 raffle sold 2,308 tickets which sold out by September.
Also on Saturday, Bob Millstein, owner of the car on display at the Center Saturday, the Hansgen Jaguar Special, spoke to the audience about 100 about the history of the car, its racing, and its restoration. In addition, the Center hosted motorsports novelist, Burt Levy, who talked about his years in the sport and about the genesis of his "The Last Open Road" Buddy Palumo series. Levy's talk was the last 2013 installment of the Center's annual "Conversation" series of speakers.
Following the car raffle drawing and the talks, the Center hosted refreshments for the audience and encouraged further conversation between audience members and the speakers and with each other. Books were available for purchase and signing.
The IMRRC plans to raffle another car in 2014; details of that will be announced in the future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. writes the Formula One page for the National edition of Examiner and is the author of several books and thousands of articles. She has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1 and has also been credentialed by NASCAR and various historic/vintage racing events. With a historic racer from upstate New York, Connie is working on a book about racers and racing.