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Watkins Glen Racing Center to host 1960s land speed record talk

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In a press release sent out Friday, March 14, the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY, announced that it will host a Center Conversation on March 22 about land speed records. The speaker will be motor sports journalist, George Webster, who will present, "The Battle for the Land Speed Record in the 1960s: Campbell, the Arfons and Breedlove."

The talk will begin at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

George Webster has been working as a part-time motor sports writer and photographer since the mid-1970s. He has covered road racing, NASCAR and CART racing for publications including "Autosport Canada," "PRN Ignition," "National Speed Sport News," and the website, GoRacing.com. His interest in land speed records began when he was editor of "Motor Miniatures" in the 1970s and collected miniatures of land speed record cars.

Future Center Conversations for 2014 include model car collecting on April 12; Formula 5000 racing, featuring Sam Posey as the honored guest, on May 10; historic/vintage race 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.

According to the IMRRC, the Conversation series "has long been a cornerstone of the Racing Research Center’s educational outreach and oral history initiative. Noted authors, race historians, drivers, team owners and track officials have taken listeners behind the scenes of every race series over the years. Speakers have included Donald Davidson, historian at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Doug Nye, writer and historian; David Donohue, racer and son of famed driver Mark Donohue; Bobby Rahal, driver and team owner; and the late John Fitch and Bill Milliken, both legendary figures in road racing."

The International Motor 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, check out the Center's website or call (607) 535-9044.

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