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3rd Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium

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#1 DCapps

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 14:30

The 3rd Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium for International Motor Racing History will be held on Friday, 10 November, and Saturday, 11 November 2018 at Watkins Glen International on Friday and the International Motor Racing Research Center on Saturday.


The symposium this year considers the notion of The Cultural Turn Meets the First Turn, something which we will continue to explore in future years.


Friday will start with a discussion of The Havana Motor Club, a documentary by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt that we intend to show as part of the symposium. We will then have a series of activities at WGI such as a parade lap of the course and a tour of the facilities. We will also be providing bus tours of the original 1948-1952 course hosted by Bill Green, the IMRRC historian.


Then, beginning at 3pm at WGI we will have two presentations: Dr. Mark Howell on the recent attempts to revitalize NASCAR's top touring series & Dr. Dan Simone on the 1963 Riverside 500.


Saturday will begin with presentation at the IMRRC at 10am by Dr. Skip McGoun on Bentley racing and Dr. Paul Baxa on the Mille Miglia as "A Moving Museum". At 1pm Trevor Lister of New Zealand will discuss Maserati serial numbers as a cultural confusion.


At 2pm, Dr. Elsa Nystrom will deliver the keynote address discussion woman racer Joan Newton Cuneo, the subject of her monograph, Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo. This will be followed by presentations by Francis Clax on Anne Cecile Rose-Itier and Dr. Jeremy Kinney (The Smithsonian) on women sports car racers during the 50s & 60s. We will also conduct a panel moderated by symposium co-chair Dr. Pat Yongue and Dr. Nystrom on Women in Racing.


We think that this is a good line up of topics and speakers.


More as it develops which will be posted at the IMRRC web site and on its social media.


We are encouraging those who can to please attend the symposium and its related events. The keynote will be webcast.


#2 DCapps

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 23:03

2017 Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium Schedule


7:00 – 9:00 Screening of the documentary film “Havana Motor Club”

FRIDAY – Watkins Glen International


10:15 – 10:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks


10:30 – 11:30

“Primer Plano Cubano de la Carrera de la Calle – Cuban Street Racing Closeup: A Critical Analysis of the Documentary Movie ‘Havana Motor Club’,” by Tom Adamich, MLS, President, Visiting Librarian Service, New Philadelphia, OH.


11:30 – 3:00 For presenters and their guests, paced laps of the track and a guided tour of the original Watkins Glen race circuit with historian Bill Green (transport provided), followed by free time for lunch.


3:00 – 5:00

“It is Alive! Monster Energy’s Attempt to Revitalize NASCAR’s Top Touring Series,” by Dr. Mark D. Howell, Professor of Communications, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI.


“Invaders and Invasions: The 1963 Motor Trend 500 at Riverside,” by Daniel J. Simone, Ph.D, curator of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, NC.



10:00 – 11:30

“Win on Sunday & Sell Fifty Years Later: The Strange Competitive and Commercial Saga of Bentley,” by Elton G. “Skip” McGoun, William H. Dunkak Professor of Finance, College of Management, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.


“A Moving Museum: Tourism, Pilgrimage, and the Iconic Route of the Mille Miglia,” by Paul Baxa, History Department Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL.


11:30 – 1:00 Free time for lunch.


1:00 – 1:45 “Cultural Confusions: Maserati Serial Numbers,” by Trevor A. Lister, Bsc (Physics), BE (Mech), Editor of Classic Motor Racing Club Newsletter, Ross, New Zealand.


2:00 – 5:00


“MAD FOR SPEED: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo,” by Dr. Elsa Nystrom, Professor Emeritus of History, American Studies Department, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia.


Panel: “Women in Racing,” by Dr. Elsa Nystrom and Pat Yongue, retired Professor, English Department, University of Houston.


“Anne Cecile Rose-Itier, Overcoming Gender Barriers and Earning Legitimacy by Competing and Winning,” by Francis G. Clax, Early 20th Century Automotive Industry Historian and Artifact Preservationist, Canandaigua, NY.


“Speeding through a Man’s World: Women Sports Car Racers in the 1950s and 1960s,” by Jeremy R. Kinney, Curator, Aeronautics Department, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 13:18

My best wishes for an informative experience for all attendees. I'm envious of those at the session on Bentley marketing -- as someone who wishes to understand the marque and it significance.


I'm delighted, Don, that the symposium has half of one day for women in motorsport. After all, Mrs Bertha Benz was the first person to demonstrate that a car could be driven for any distance.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 18:41

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 12:36

Something from Hemmings...