The popular hobby of model car collecting will be in the spotlight April 11-13 at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY, according to a press release from the Center issued on Tuesday, April 1. The show coincides with two annual events at Watkins Glen International -- the 10th annual Toyota Green Grand Prix on April 11 and the track’s own Opening Weekend activities April 12 and 13.
The show will be made up of hundreds of model cars of all scales with a particular focus on race cars. Among the exhibits will be a display of models of almost every car raced by the famed Briggs Cunningham team from the 1940s through the early 1960s.
Admission to the model car show and to the panel discussion is free and open to all. Model car show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Friday through Sunday, April 11-13.
In addition to the exhibit at the Center, on April 12 at 1 p.m., the Center will host an informal panel discussion about the hobby of model car collecting. The panel will include award-winning model designer and builder Tom Clark and Rich Chernosky of Keystone Cards in Sayre, Pa., organizer of the Model Car Concours at the annual Grand Prix Festival in Watkins Glen in September.
The Center’s April events are part of the ongoing Center Conversations series. Upcoming talk topics include Formula 5000 racing, featuring legendary Sam Posey as the honored guest, on May 10; vintage car event organizer Murray Smith in June; Cary Agajanian, son of great racing team owner and race organizer J.C. Agajanian in July; and the Milwaukee Mile in October. Details on these events will be announced as they are finalized.
The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials.
For more information about the Center’s work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044.