In October 1948, Watkins Glen village streets played host to the first post-World War II road race in the United States and the rest, as they say, is history! In the ensuing decades, racing moved from the village streets to the famed course at Watkins Glen International (also known as WGI or "The Glen"). Today, WGI hosts NASCAR, IndySeries, IMSA, and many more.
Indeed, Watkins Glen, New York has a long and storied history in auto racing. Each year, this rich history is celebrated with the Grand Prix Festival in September, where you can experience the sheen, roar, and sleek lines of hundreds of sports and classic cars!
There’s something for everyone at the Grand Prix Festival! Parked along the main streets of the village you will find over 600 classic sports cars of all ages and marques for your enjoyment. In addition to live music, wine tasting, food courts, and assorted other family activities, a variety of vendors of racing items and related merchandise are provided for your entertainment and pleasure.