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Auto Racing, Museums, Clubs, Festivals & Shows in the Finger Lakes

The premier race track in the Finger Lakes is Watkins Glen International, commonly called "The Glen." The idea of Cameron Argetsinger, it has changed considerably since the first race in 1948 when it wound through the streets of downtown Watkins Glen. Today car racing is enormously popular, thanks in good part to Cameron Argetsinger, and big business.

Antique and classic cars, as well as roadsters and off-road vehicles are also popular. Below is a list of car-related activities in the Finger Lakes.

Racing

Cayuga County

Cayuga County Fair Speedway

One Speedway Dr.

Weedsport, NY 13166

315-834-6606

DIRT-modifieds, 358-modifieds, and stocks.

Cortland County

Skyline Raceway

Blodgett Mills, NY 13738

607-849-6600

Modifieds, stocks, and junkyards.

Chemung County

Chemung Speedrome

209 Wyncoop Creek Rd.

Chemung, NY 14825

607-529-9998

NASCAR B-modifieds and stocks.

A silver Allard race car on display in Watkins Glen, New YorkLivingston County

Limerock Speedway

Flint Hill Rd.

Caledonia, NY 14423

585-538-2597

Microsprint racing on a 1/8-mile clay oval track. 

New York International Raceway Park

2011 New Rd.

Leichester, NY 14481

585-382-3030

IHRA and NHRA world-class drag race events on a 1/4-mile track.

Onondaga County

New York State Fairgrounds

581 State Fair Blvd.

Syracuse, NY 13209

315-487-7711

DIRT-modifieds, 358-modifieds, and stocks. Demolition derbies.

Ontario County

Canandaigua Speedway

Town Line Rd., Co. Rd. 10

Canandaigua, NY 14414

585-394-0961

Modifieds and stocks.

Schuyler County

Watkins Glen International

2790 Co. Rt. 16

Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Tickets by phone: 1-866-461-7223

Tickets on the Web

NASCAR, SCCA, and other events throughout the season.

Steuben County

Woodhull T3 All Star Series

Co. Rt. 102

Woodhull, NY 14898

607-458-5275

DIRT-modifieds, 358-modifieds, and stocks.

Tioga County

Tioga Motorsports Park

Rt. 17C

Owego, NY 13827

607-687-7581

Modifieds and stocks.

Wayne County

Williamson International Speedway

3020 State Route 104

Willliamson, NY 14589

315-589-3018

Modifieds, street stocks, NASCAR late models, and super trucks.

Yates County

Black Rock Speedway

Rt. 14A

Dundee, NY 14837

607-243-8686

358-modifieds and stocks.

Clubs

Association of Corvair Nuts

Antique Automobile Club of America

Bayside Cruisers

Buick Club of America

Car Pride

Central New York Car Club Association

Central New York MOPAR Assocaition

Central NY Street Rods

Cortland Antique Automobile Club

Dream Machines Car Club

Finger Lakes Rover Club

Generations Corvette Club of Central New York

Genesee Valley Antique Car Society

The Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA)

LOVEfords

MG Car Club-Western New York Centre

MG Car Club of Central New York

Pierce-Arrow Society

Pontiac-Oakland Club International

Porsche Club of America-Finger Lakes Region

Prison City Ramblers

Salt City Vans

Shelby Mustange Club of Rochester

Sports Car Club of America-Finger Lakes Region

Sports Car Club of America-Glen Region

Syracuse Corvette Club

Syracuse Shelby Mustang Club

Upstate New York Metropolitan Club

Vintage Volkswagen Club of America

The interior of a light green 1954 Kaiser Darrin owned by a collector in the Finger Lakes, New York Museums

International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen

610 S. Decatur St.

Watkins Glen, NY 14891

607-535-9044

The Center "maintains archives for the personal papers of drivers, journalists and authors; rare books, serial publications, and reference books pertaining to drivers, cars, races and the history of motor racing; the historical records and newsletters of clubs and motor racing teams and corporations; and historical photographs, movie films, videos, oral histories, and memorabilia." Cars, photos, and memorabilia on display. Holds a variety of events that benefit the Center. 

DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame and Classic Car Museum

1 Speedway Dr. (Rt. 31)

Weedsport, NY 13166

315-834-6667

Racing and antique cars and car memorabilia.

Festivals

Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen

When: 1st Friday in September after Labor Day

Where: various venues

Contact: 607-535-3003

Race re-enactments, 500 classic sports cars, meet racing legends, wine and food courts, live entertainment.

The 2007 Grand Prix Festival in Watkins Glen, New York

Shows

This list is really just the tip of the iceberg. Check the list of clubs (above) for a more detail list of events in the category of vehicle you're interested in.

Street Machines of Rochester

When: 2nd Sunday in June

Where:1120 Latta Rd., Rochester, NY 14612

Cars of all kinds, live music.

 

Syracuse Nationals

When: 3rd weekend in July

Where: New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13209

Contact: 800-753-3978

Nearly 7,000 cars, auction, garden tractor pull, demolition derby, live music, fireworks. 

 

Good Ol' Boys Antique & Classic Car Show

When: Saturday, beginning of September

Where: Bellamy Park, Mt. Morris, NY 14510

Contact: 585-658-4013

Judged show, raffle, food, vendors, swap meet.

 

Cortland Antique Auto Show

When: Sunday, mid-September

Where: Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York Lake Rd., Little York, NY 13807

Contact: 607-753-3977

 

Updated 16 July 2010

 

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