Cameron Argetsinger

Before World War Two, professional street races, contests on circuits laid out on public roads, had grown in popularity in America in places like Bridgehampton Connecticut, and on Long Island. But shortly after Pearl Harbor all motor racing in America was put on hold. After the war, a young Cornell law student began an effort that would bring road racing back to America.

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WSKG’s Path Through History
Schuyler County Historical Society

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Schuyler County Historical Society
International Motor Racing Research Library
Library of Congress

Watkins Glen: The Street Years

In 1948 Cameron Argetsinger, a young law student and sports car enthusiast conceived an idea: to stage a European-style road race through the village of Watkins Glen, NY. Now, more than fifty years later, racing continues to thrive in Watkins Glen, the site now known worldwide as the birthplace of road racing in America. Watkins Glen: The Street Years is the story of the first five years of racing in Watkins Glen, when the cars raced through the streets of the village. Told through personal accounts from the race's founder, through the stories of the drivers and residents of Watkins Glen and with a collection of race photographs and newsreel footage, Watkins Glen: The Street Years chronicles the excitement and adventure of one of the great stories of sports in America.

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