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#1 DCapps

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 22:48

There will be a IV Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium for International Motor Racing History held this November (Thursday the 8th thru Saturday the 10th) in Watkins Glen, New York, at the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC).

 

We are planning to continue with the idea of "The Cultural Turn Meets the First Turn" with thinking about "Motor Sport History on the Eights." 

 

This is thanks to 2018 being the 70th anniversary of the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix, of course, which led to the realization that in that same year, NASCAR was incorporation and the International Racing Formula 1 officially came into effect. This leads, of course, to other anniversaries for events in years ending in Eights: Mike Hawthorn's world championship in 1958 and that of Mario Andretti in 1978; the AAA adopting the International Formula beginning with the 1938 International Sweepstakes race; the rise of road racing in the USA during 1908; and so on. All simply food for thought for possible topics.

 

This summer also marks the beginning of the 20th year of the IMRRC.

 

We are hoping to have Buz McKim, recently retired the former historian of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, involved in this year's program.

 

More to follow as it develops, of course.


Edited by DCapps, 12 January 2018 - 14:38.


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#2 DCapps

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 16:08

Although this has been mentioned elsewhere -- the RC, in fact, I will bring it up here should there any interest.

 

We are in the process of assembling a panel that seems to be morphing into a roundtable on "Stock Car Racing History" as part of this year's symposium. The 70th anniversary of the incorporation of NASCAR is being taken as a good launching point for a far-ranging, inclusive look at the history of stock car racing, which is much broader than NASCAR, of course. We intend it to include subjects not necessarily part of such discussions, such as stock car racing fiction, an interesting cultural aspect of the sport that rarely gets any attention. It will not be anything like those productions where there is a bleacher full of former drivers spinning canned "reminiscences" that are usually more akin to myths/folklore, tall tales, and yarns, as entertaining as they might be.

 

The panel/roundtable will be composed entirely of academic historians, with several already on board and others being considered and recruited.

 

We have always done a live-stream of the keynote address on Saturday afternoon, but if there is sufficient interest in the panel/roundtable we will look into live-streaming the roundtable discussion as well.



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Posted 08 February 2018 - 16:35

Could you make it 7am?  It will then be a civilized time here in the UK.  :smoking:



#4 DCapps

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 20:41

Could you make it 7am?  It will then be a civilized time here in the UK.  :smoking:

 

You can go without an episode or two of Doctor Who or EastEnders or Teletubbies or whatever else is on the Beeb, Channel 4 or Sky at the time, and watch it during or right after your supper....



#5 ensign14

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 20:47

Well, if you give a link and the time, I'll definitely try to look in. :)



#6 DCapps

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:04

Well, if you give a link and the time, I'll definitely try to look in. :)

 

It will be here, http://www.racingarchives.org/, and/or here https://www.youtube....VYQ_2s2jcPEzaEA.

 

Well, more than likely probably the latter.

 

At any rate, the keynote talk from 2017 is on the IMRRC youtube site.



#7 DCapps

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 16:01

The Call For Papers for The Argetsinger for 2018 is being issued. Here is a link: https://www.academia...018_Argetsinger



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 14:27

Here are the presentations scheduled for this year's symposium:

  • Tom Adamich (Formula Vee: The Birth of Florida’s “People’s Race Car”)
  • Francis Clax (Americans Enter International Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing)
  • Kate Sullivan (From Grassroots to In-Groups: The Evolution of Motorsport Fan Identity from Accessible to Exclusionary)
  • John Heitmann (Capturing the Sounds of Sports and Race Cars, 1956-1962: Riverside, Folkways, and Grand Prix Records)
  • Skip McGoun (Automobile Commerce and Competition in the 19th Century)
  • Paul Baxa (1928: Grand Prix Racing’s “Year Zero”)
  • Bryan Gable (City of Racers: The Growth of the NASCAR Industry in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1949-2000)
  • Jon Summers (Differentiating Between Richard “The King” Petty and Pixar’s “Mr. The King”: Historiography in NASCAR and Why It Matters)

 

Panel: Fair Play of Fear Play? A Comparative Analysis of Evolutions in American and European Representations of Motor Sport

  • Timothy Robeers (From Formula 1 to Formula E and Beyond: Media and Audience Representations of Electric Motor Sport in the 21st Century)
  • Mark Howell (“Not my Daddy’s NASCAR”: The Grand National Series, Narrative, and Collective Memory)
  • Mike Stocz (Nostalgia & Today: Comparing Facebook Posts of User Interactions Surrounding Historic & Current Daytona 500 Events)

 

Guest Speaker: Buz McKim, former Historian, NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum (Charlotte, North Carolina)

 

Roundtable: Stock Car Racing and History

  • Dr. Scott Beekman (author of NASCAR Nation)
  • Buz McKim
  • Dr. Mark Howell
  • Jon Summers
  • Bryan Gables
  • Dr. Pat Yongue
  • Etc.


#9 DCapps

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 20:50

Please note the change to the program for the symposium:

 

Here are the presentations scheduled for this year's symposium:

  • Tom Adamich (Formula Vee: The Birth of Florida’s “People’s Race Car”)
  • Francis Clax (Americans Enter International Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing)
  • Kate Sullivan (From Grassroots to In-Groups: The Evolution of Motorsport Fan Identity from Accessible to Exclusionary)
  • John Heitmann (Capturing the Sounds of Sports and Race Cars, 1956-1962: Riverside, Folkways, and Grand Prix Records)
  • Skip McGoun (Automobile Commerce and Competition in the 19th Century)
  • Paul Baxa (1928: Grand Prix Racing’s “Year Zero”)
  • Bryan Gable (City of Racers: The Growth of the NASCAR Industry in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1949-2000)
  • Jon Summers (Differentiating Between Richard “The King” Petty and Pixar’s “Mr. The King”: Historiography in NASCAR and Why It Matters)

 

Panel: Fair Play of Fear Play? A Comparative Analysis of Evolutions in American and European Representations of Motor Sport

  • Timothy Robeers (From Formula 1 to Formula E and Beyond: Media and Audience Representations of Electric Motor Sport in the 21st Century)
  • Mark Howell (“Not my Daddy’s NASCAR”: The Grand National Series, Narrative, and Collective Memory)
  • Mike Stocz (Nostalgia & Today: Comparing Facebook Posts of User Interactions Surrounding Historic & Current Daytona 500 Events)

Just added:

  • Karl Ludvigsen (Reid Railton -- Man of Speed)

 

Keynote Speaker: Buz McKim, former Historian, NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum (Charlotte, North Carolina) -- (Early NASCAR)

 

Roundtable: Stock Car Racing and History

  • Dr. Scott Beekman (author of NASCAR Nation)
  • Buz McKim
  • Dr. Mark Howell
  • Jon Summers
  • Bryan Gable
  • Dr. Pat Yongue
  • Etc.

Edited by DCapps, 24 September 2018 - 21:51.


#10 Ray Bell

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 16:27

A well-rounded program, Don, and one of which Michael would be approving...

So much that happens at the IMRRC is like this, of course, and a testimony to the people behind it.

#11 DCapps

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 13:47

Here is the latest on the Michael Argetsinger Symposium:

 

http://www.racingarc...racing-history/

 

http://www.racingarc...ess-Release.pdf



#12 DCapps

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 19:17

Here are some photos taken at the 2018 Argetsinger Symposium:

 

https://www.racingar...racing-history/

 

(Yes, it did snow on Friday... as in a lot!)